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English for Economics, Business Studies and Social Sciences UNIcert® IV/1(non-certificate exam)
This course will be held on-campus until further notice at its scheduled times starting the week of Oct. 25. Students are only allowed to attend when they have been admitted to the course via PULS AND follow the University of Potsdam COVID protocols.
Dieser Kurs wird auf dem Campus Griebnitzsee in dem weiter oben angegebenen Raum unterrichtet. Es dürfen nur Studierende teilnehmen, die vorab über PULS zugelassen worden sind UND sich an die COVID-Protokolle der Potsdam Universität halten.
To enroll in this subject-specific course, a student must EITHER achieve a score of 90-100% on the English placement test OR have a UNIcert® III English certificate from any discipline. Students of other disciplines are advised to speak to the instructor prior to enrollment.
Please note: A score of 90-100% on the English placement provides the option to take either a UNIcert® III/2 English for Economics and Business Studies or a UNIcert® IV English for Economics, Business Studies and Social Sciences course.
This first semester of a two-semester subject-specific course prepares students for the UNIcert® IV/1 English for Economics, Business Studies and Social Sciences non-certificate exam at the end of this course.
The aim of this course is to strengthen students' English speaking and writing skills, develop their analytical and critical thinking abilities and provide practice in rhetorical constructions.
The course is based on business case study analysis as used in leading business schools. Students will self-select partners within the class, and working in a strict timeframe, choose a case study based on their areas of interest and present their analysis, including a clear argument on why their proposed solution is the best of the possible alternatives. The subsequent task is to prepare a written case study analysis for critique.
Each student will also complete independent study modules of their choice selecting from a library of standardized testing material for graduate school admission focusing on reading comprehension, sentence correction, logical reasoning and critical reasoning skills.
The final written exam tests the students’ critical thinking and writing skills, as well as their analytical and rhetorical abilities practiced during the semester.
Upon successful completion of this course, students may then enroll in the UNIcert® IV/2 English for Economics and Business Studies where the UNIcert® IV English language proficiency certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the course.
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