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English - Scientific Presentation and Writing C2

Module SZ0453

This Module is offered by TUM Language Center.

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of WS 2015/6 (current)

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
WS 2015/6SS 2011

Basic Information

SZ0453 is a semester module in English language at Bachelor’s level and Master’s level which is offered irregularly.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Catalogue of language courses as soft-skill courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
90 h 30 h 3 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This course allows students to practice for formal speaking tasks in English such as a class presentation, dissertation defense or conference talk, and for completing formal written tasks such as a journal article, report, project proposal or a literature summary.

Learning Outcome

After completion of this module students can understand with increased ease virtually everything heard or read; they can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation, and they can express themselves spontaneously very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.


Ability to begin work at the C2 level as evidenced by a placement test score in the range of 80 – 100 percent. (Please check current announcements as the exact percentages may vary each semester.)

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

This course makes use of video-taping and classroom evaluation to help students develop their public speaking skill. Techniques for evaluating one’s own writing will be practiced, with opportunities to revise drafts. Oral and written peer evaluations will form a regular component of the class sessions including use of an online peer forum and online instructor feedback.


Course handouts, online platform, video taping


Some recommended reference works:
Silyn-Roberts, Heather. (2000) Writing for Science and Engineering: Papers, Presentations and Reports. Butterworth Heinemann Publishers. ISBN 0-7506-4636-5.

Reinhart, Susan (2002) Giving Academic Presentations. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. ISBN 0-472-08884.

Oshima, Alice, Ann Hogue (2006) Writing Academic English 4th Ed. Pearson Longman. ISBN 0-13-152359-7.

Wiliams, Joseph (2000) Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace Addison, Wesley Longman Co. ISBN 0-321-28831-9.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

Grades for oral presentations including a handout and visual aids (25%), written homework assignments (50%), and a final exam (25%) contribute equally to the final course grade. Duration of the final examination: 60 minutes.

Current exam dates

Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.

English - Scientific Presentation and Writing C2
Wed, 2022-07-27, 15:15 till 16:45 Dieser Termin ist der Abgabeschluss für die Prüfungsleistungen. till 2022-06-30 (cancelation of registration till 2022-07-26)
Wed, 2022-07-27, 17:00 till 18:30 Dieser Termin ist der Abgabeschluss für die Prüfungsleistungen. till 2022-06-30 (cancelation of registration till 2022-07-26)
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