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902006Y Reading for Academic Purposes, 1.5 ECTS cr 
Code 902006Y  Validity 01.08.1995 -
Name Reading for Academic Purposes  Abbreviation Reading for Aca 
Scope1.5 ECTS cr   
TypeLanguage and Communication Studies Discipline8006 Language studies, English 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Languages and Communication 

Eva Braidwood 

Proficiency level 



This course is compulsory for the students who choose English but are not exempted on the basis of their matriculation exam grade or an exemption exam. An alternative course is 903007Y German.

Required proficiency level 

Students are expected to have had English as their A1 or A2 language at school or to have acquired equivalent skills.

ECTS Credits 

1,5 credits


1st year spring term for the students of medicine and dentistry, and 2 nd year spring term for wellness technology students.

Learning outcomes 

Objective: The learning outcomes to be obtained by students include the following skills

- employing appropriate reading strategies (skimming, scanning and strategies of extensive reading) to identify main points, locate information and synthesize knowledge in the academic texts of the student's field of study  

- recognizing the discipline and genre -specific conventions of the target texts as manifested in distinctive patterns of  text organization, phraseology and word formation

- inferring textual meaning based on an understanding of text organization, cohesive devices, grammatical structures and patterns of word formation

- combining information from various academic sources, creating a synthesis, and summarizing

- critical reading: recognizing the author's communicative purpose and point of view, assessing the validity of textual arguments, recognizing implications, understanding the communicative value of the text

Target group 

Students in the degree programs of medicine, dentistry, and wellness technology

Recommended or required reading 

Information will be provided at the beginning of the course.

Assessment methods and criteria 

The course requirements include active participation in classroom work and completion of home assignments. Alternatively, an end-of-course examination may be offered. The evaluation scale is 1-5.


The evaluation scale is 1-5.

Person responsible 

Eva Braidwood

Other information 

Students with the matriculation exam grade laudatur or eximia cum laude approbatur , or who have graduated from an IB -program will be exempted from the course but can participate voluntarily. For the rest of the students an exemption exam will be offered on December 2nd, 2011 at 9-12 in lecture hall F202. The exemption exam is voluntary and can be taken only once. Students sign up for the exam in WebOodi from November 14th - 28th. The students not exempted in the above ways are required to participate in the course. Students sign up for the course in WebOodi from February 1st-17th 2012. Information on the time and place of the classes will be provided in Optima and WebOodi.


Current and future instruction
No instruction in WebOodi

Future examinations
No examinations in WebOodi