Module Catalogues

Communication, Business and the Environment

Module Title Communication, Business and the Environment
Module Level Level 1
Module Credits 5.00
Academic Year 2021/22
Semester SEM2

Aims and Fit of Module

This module will enable students to understand global issues and how these affect their everyday lives. Students will learn how to analyse important current issues from the combined perspective of economy and business, the environment and environmental quality, and society, as reflected in the way we communicate.
This module has been developed to provide an optional module in the second semester of a new and alternative pathway for those students who have demonstrated sufficiently high English language ability to opt out of a year-long 10 credit EAP module, or who are direct entry Year 2 students or equivalent. In Semester 1 these students will have taken a 5 credit Advanced Academic Skills module.
This module will be jointly delivered by the Language Centre, the Department of Environmental Science and IBSS. Language Centre tutors will be responsible for delivering 50% of the contact hours and the remainder will typically be divided into 25% delivered by Environmental Science and 25% by the International Business School Suzhou. Language Centre tutors will attend all the lectures. The Module Convenor will come from the Language Centre and supporting convenors will be identified for Environmental Science and IBSS. The module will be situated in the Language Centre for administrative purposes. A departmental-neutral module code is requested as giving the module an EAP code could be misleading.
This module is designed to give students an enriching experience of input from two different Departments approaching the same topic from different perspectives as well as having their academic, analytical and language skills developed around those same topics by the Language Centre.

Learning outcomes

A. Make connections about topics which involve the consequences of resourcelimitation and the multi-dimensional nature of sustainability (written and spoken expressions of knowledge).
B Write effectively on one of the topics of the module, including a literature review and taking a stance, consistent with the achievement of CEFR high B2 (writing).
C Demonstrate the ability to find study materials from a range of university resources to build upon topic knowledge derived from lectures and classroom input and will be able to evaluate them for relevance and applicability (research).
D Produce work consistent with the academic integrity policies of XJTLU (academic integrity).
E Give a presentation and follow this with participation in a debate and/or discussion. Student speaking skills will be consistent with the achievement of CEFR high B2 (speaking).

Method of teaching and learning

The module will consist of 3*4-week strands (see syllabus topics below). For each four-week period, lessons will typically consist of the following:
Lesson 1 – Lecture: Presentation / input (delivered by a member of the relevant academic department, for example, Health and Environmental Sciences and/or IBSS)
Lesson 2 – Seminar: Reading, research and analysis
Lesson 3 – Lecture: Presentation / input (delivered by a member of the relevant academic department, for example, Health and Environmental Sciences and/or IBSS)
Lesson 4 – Seminar: Critical approaches to input / analysis and evaluation / speaking activities
Lesson 5 - Lecture: Presentation / input (delivered by a member of the relevant academic department, for example, Health and Environmental Sciences and/or IBSS)
Lesson 6 - Seminar: Reading, research and analysis of input: from listening and reading to writing
Lesson 7 - Lecture: Presentation / input (delivered by a member of the relevant academic department, for example, Health and Environmental Sciences and/or IBSS)
Lesson 8 - Seminar: Presentation / debates / speaking activities
Plus 1 week of speaking assessment.