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English 2

English 2

Code: ENG2TA002
Extent: 3 op (81 h) 
Timing: 3rd semester
Language: English 
Level: core studies 
Type: compulsory

Starting level and linkage with other courses

English 1 (ENG1TA001) must be completed. The course is partly integrated with the substance courses of the same and previous semesters.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the students

  • learn the key terminology discussed during the course both orally and in writing
  • enhance their skills as for following the development of the field of ICT using various online and literal sources.

Course contents

During the course, the students acquire information about the basic concepts and various phenomena in the field of ICT by conducting a media survey. The students can choose their topics from among e.g. the following subject matters:

  • hardware
  • programming
  • software
  • databases
  • data security
  • emerging technologies
  • networks
  • user interfaces
  • information systems
  • multimedia

Based on the media survey, the students write a final report on their topic as an individual assignment.

Cooperation with the business community

The students follow the current development of the field intensively. Time permitting, visiting lecturers are invited to talk about the latest trends in ICT and the students’ own company contacts are benefitted when possible.

International dimension

The media survey is carried out by consulting mainly international sources.

Teaching and learning methods

The students share the material of their media survey on a Moodle forum to which all the course participants have an access. In addition, the students present their topics in class and draw up a bilingual document with the key terminology and concepts to be delivered to the other students. Terminology exercises are conducted in order to monitor the learning process. Some of the implementations are carried out as Learning Cafés.

At the end of the course, the students write, according to the HAAGA-HELIA reporting guidelines, a final report based on their media survey. The reports are posted to Moodle for peer evaluation. The course is implemented partly on the Net (Moodle) with weekly contact sessions.

The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h.

Alternative completions

The evening programme offers two parallel courses: a one-period intensive course and a two-period regular course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

The course can be completed by taking an exemption examination the passing of which, however, requires very strong competence that must be indicated in a reliable manner e.g. with a proper portfolio. The student can participate to the exemption examination only once before the beginning of the first semester.

Teachers responsible

Riitta Blomster, Malmi

Eija Hansén, Malmi

Course materials

  • To be specified at the beginning of the course.
  • Learning platform: Moodle
  • Supplemetary material provided by teachers
  • Internet sources

Assessment criteria

Terminology exercises     30 p

Final report       54 p

Attendance     16 p

The assessment of one’s own learning does not influence the grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed online in WinhaOpaali.