German MA

German Professional Communication GERMAN4055

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This very practical course will build on and develop students' German communication skills for a variety of professional contexts. Particular emphasis will be placed on current developments in German business and industry.


20x1-hour seminars over both semesters as scheduled in MyCampus.


This is one of the honours options in SMLC and may not run every year. The options which are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses





Time-limited assignment (800 words) to be completed over a 4-day period - 25%

Three practical skills assessments in semester 1- 25%

Three practical skills assessments in semester 2 - 25%

Group presentation, within which each student in the group will talk for c5 minutes (10% group mark and 15% individual mark) - 25%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ develop the written language skills necessary for successful communication in professional contexts in German;

■ develop the oral language skills necessary to communicate and present in a professional context in German;

■ increase participants' understanding of aspects relating to business contexts in German-speaking countries.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ communicate effectively and successfully in German, both orally and in writing, in business and commercial contexts;

■ produce accurate, well-structured, persuasive and culturally appropriate professional correspondence;

■ condense, present and visualise information effectively and persuasively;

■ work in collaboration with others and to give and receive feedback in German;

■ analyse and interpret a variety of articles on current business developments in German speaking countries;

■ evaluate the applicability of their German communication skills in terms of graduate attributes and employability criteria.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.