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
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
- 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
|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
|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.
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.
Pentti Haddington (Professor)
|Working life cooperation
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.