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682408S Project-based Language Work, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 682408S  Validity 01.08.2015 -
Name Project-based Language Work  Abbreviation Project-based L 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline1101 English 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Faculty of Humanities 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS credits / 135 hours of work

Language of instruction 

English and Finnish


The timing of the course depends on the needs of the project in question.

Learning outcomes 

Upon completion of the course students will be able to

  • display an understanding of what project-based language work demands from a language professional,
  • describe the features of working with stakeholders as part of project-based language work,
  • describe different steps and contents of project management,
  • demonstrate the ability to make independent decisions as part of project-based language work,
  • demonstrate the ability to share responsibilities as part of teamwork and project management,
  • demonstrate the ability in developing skills and competencies required in project-based language work and take steps in advancing them for their own part, and
  • explain how English language is used in projects and in different areas of work-life.

Practical problem-based and project-based work in which students become familiar with project management. Students conduct a small-scale language work project for a client (e.g. language editing, translation, localisation,  creating a user help manual or training stakeholders in the use of English language in international settings).

Mode of delivery 

Workshops, group work and independent study. Various resources for collaboration and project management will be used depending on the needs of the project (e.g. online workspace, wiki and office tools).

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Variable learning activities and teaching methods are used to advance the project and support the students’ reflection and understanding concerning the nature of project-based language work and professionalism required.

Target group 

Master’s-level students of English Philology

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Basic Studies in English Philology required.

Recommended optional programme components 

The course is an independent entity and does not require additional studies carried out at the same time.

Recommended or required reading 

Selected readings to be agreed with the course teacher(s).

Assessment methods and criteria 

The assessment is based on active participation in project work as demonstrated in a learning journal. Information on exams and alternative methods for taking courses can be found on the English Philology website. Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.


The course utilises a numerical grading scale (1–5). In the numerical scale zero stands for a fail.

Person responsible 

Pentti Haddington (Professor)

Working life cooperation 


Other information 

The course is elective in the Advanced Studies of English Philology  Visiting teachers with expertise in the project field may be invited to lead the project or provide support.


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