All undergraduate (UG) students are required to complete 12 credits of English so that you are equipped with adequate English for successful completion of your studies.

If you have questions about your English courses, contact an advisor.

Common Core English Communication  Courses

  • LANG 1002
    English for University Studies I
    Exclusion(s) IELTS - Band 7 or above in overall and Band 6.5 or above in each part of the test or equivalent

    The course aims to develop students' proficiency in English as well as their academic literacy skills, so that they can cope with the linguistic demands of studying through the medium of English. The course aims to develop students' competence in academic writing and their ability to engage in oral interaction in social and academic contexts. For students under the four-year degree curriculum.

  • LANG 1003
    English for University Studies II
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 1002
    Exclusion(s) IELTS - Band 7 or above in overall and Band 6.5 or above in each part of the test or equivalent

    The course builds on LANG 1002 and aims to further develop students' proficiency in English as well as their academic literacy skills, so that they can cope with the linguistic demands of studying through the medium of English. The course aims to develop students' competence in reading and writing, as well as the ability to engage in oral interaction in social and academic contexts. For students under the four-year degree curriculum.

  • LANG 1004
    Mediated Me: An Introduction to Digital Literacy
    Medium of Instruction [BLD] Blended learning

    This introductory course will help students explore the impact of digital media texts (such as podcasts, wikis, and social media like YouTube) on academic, professional and social communication practices. The course will enable students to be: critical of current digital communication practices; reflective of their communication and participation through digital media; aware of how digital communication can impact language delivery; and reflective of their English language development. To achieve this, the course guides students in developing basic knowledge of digital literacy theories and practices and to produce their own digital media texts for English communicative purposes. Students will undertake authentic tasks related to their academic and future careers that enables them to achieve the necessary communication skills in a digital world.

Program Required Courses

  • LABU 2040
    Business Case Analyses
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 1003
    Exclusion(s) LABU 2050 (prior to 2017-18), LABU 2051, LABU 2052

    This course seeks to equip students with persuasive communication skills, both oral and written, through analyzing business cases and presenting solutions to problems identified. It provides students with a solid framework and hands-on practice to communicate persuasively and professionally in business settings. In presenting the case problem, analysis and recommendations, students learn to identify issues, develop and organize key ideas, and eventually to persuade the audience of the validity of the arguments and proposed actions. The course sharpens students' ability to explain and support ideas logically, coherently and cohesively using various techniques, to communicate clearly, concisely and accurately, and in appropriate tone and style. Through a range of learning activities involving reading, discussion, writing and making oral presentations, students also develop critical reading, critical thinking and problem solving skills as well as teamwork and leadership skills. For students who have this course as a program requirement.

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  • LABU 2051
    Business Case Analyses I
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 1003
    Exclusion(s) LABU 2050 (prior to 2017-18)

    For students who have this course as a program requirement. This course lays the foundation for students to engage in business case analyses by developing their critical reading and thinking skills, as well as their ability to present case analysis findings and recommendations in spoken and written forms.

  • LABU 2052
    Business Case Analyses II
    Prerequisite(s) LABU 2051
    Exclusion(s) LABU 2050 (prior to 2017-18)

    Intended Learning Outcomes

    For students who have this course as a program requirement. This course builds on the foundation built in LABU 2051 and further develops students' ability to comprehend and analyze business cases, and eventually to present findings and recommendations clearly and persuasively.

  • LABU 2060
    Effective Communication in Business
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 1003
    Exclusion(s) LABU 2020 (prior to 2019-20)

    The course activates students' previously acquired English language skills into a useful managerial communication toolkit targeted toward specific business applications and strategies. Students will learn how to be an effective communicator in the global workplace. The course is designed and structured to address the learning needs of students in job-seeking and in their early careers. Students will have opportunities to learn and practice how to succeed in business writing, presentations, interviews, meetings, and collaborative assignments. The course also introduces students to strategies for handling the communication challenges which fresh graduates can expect in the global workplace. For students who have this course as a program requirement.

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  • LANG 2010
    English for Science I
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 1003

    An English course for students of the School of Science. The course introduces students to the language and discourse of science and develops their competence in speaking and writing about scientific topics.

  • LANG 2030
    Technical Communication I
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 1003

    The course provides students with a broad introduction to English within the discipline of engineering. A central aim of the course is to encourage students to analyze critically the wider social implications of engineering products and processes, through the careful examination of texts (and other media) beyond their own specific engineering field and to communicate effectively by delivering oral presentations and writing reports on topics relevant to all engineers.

  • LANG 2070
    English Communication for Humanities and Social Science Studies I
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 1003

    Restricted to students in programs offered by the School of Humanities and Social Science. The course is an integrated skills course with a special emphasis on critical reading and thinking. It develops students' ability to understand the nuances of English vocabulary and to assimilate information from different sources for analysis and commentary. The course also hones students' skills in giving effective academic presentations.

  • LANG 2082
    Communication for Environmental Management and Technology I
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 1003

    This course aims to develop students’ competence in discipline-related English, specifically communicating topics in the field of Environmental Management and Technology to the general public. Throughout the course, environmental issues will be examined, and students will learn the necessary skills to be applied in weekly communicative tasks and individual spoken and written assessments. For EVMT students only.

  • LANG 2083
    Communication for Environmental Management and Technology II
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 2082

    This course aims to develop students’ competence in discipline-related English, specifically communicating topics in the field of Environmental Management and Technology to a business audience. Throughout the course, the importance of communication and persuasion will be examined, and students will learn the necessary skills to be applied in weekly communicative tasks, and individual and group assessments. For EVMT students only.

  • LANG 3021
    Science Communication in English (Mathematics)
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 2010 OR LANG 2030 (for DSCT students only)

    The course focuses on developing students' ability to communicate mathematical knowledge to the general public through effective writing and speaking skills. In writing, students learn the specific skills to produce genres of both expository and persuasive nature, and reflect on how to explain mathematics concepts in an accessible manner without losing the scientific complexity. In speaking, students learn how to communicate mathematics notions and implications to nonexpert audiences using short videos and oral presentations with appropriate rhetorical and stylistic devices. For MATH and DSCT students only.

  • LANG 3022
    Science Communication in English (Chemistry)
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 2010

    The course focuses on developing students' ability to communicate chemistry knowledge to the general public through effective writing and speaking skills. In writing, students learn the specific skills to write genres of both expository and persuasive nature, and reflect on how to explain chemistry concepts in an accessible manner without losing the scientific complexity. In speaking, students learn how to communicate chemistry notions and implications to nonexpert audiences using short videos and oral presentations with appropriate rhetorical and stylistic devices. For CHEM students only.

  • LANG 3023
    Science Communication in English (Physics)
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 2010

    The course focuses on developing students' ability to communicate physics knowledge to the general public through effective writing and speaking skills. In writing, students learn the specific skills to produce genres of both expository and persuasive nature, and reflect on how to explain physics concepts in an accessible manner without losing the scientific complexity. In speaking, students learn how to communicate physics notions and implications to nonexpert audiences using short videos and oral presentations with appropriate rhetorical and stylistic devices. For PHYS students only.

  • LANG 3024
    Science Communication in English (Life Science)
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 2010

    The course focuses on developing students' ability to communicate life science knowledge to the general public through effective writing and speaking skills. In writing, students learn the specific skills to produce genres of both expository and persuasive nature, and reflect on how to explain life science concepts in an accessible manner without losing the scientific complexity. In speaking, students learn how to communicate life science notions and implications to nonexpert audiences using short videos and oral presentations with appropriate rhetorical and stylistic devices. For BCB, BISC and BIOT students only.

  • LANG 3025
    Science Communication in English (Environmental Science)
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 2010

    The course focuses on developing students' ability to communicate environmental science knowledge to the general public through effective writing and speaking skills. In writing, students learn the specific skills to produce genres of both expository and persuasive nature, and reflect on how to explain environmental science concepts in an accessible manner without losing the scientific complexity. In speaking, students learn how to communicate environmental science notions and implications to nonexpert audiences using short videos and oral presentations with appropriate rhetorical and stylistic devices. For students on programs offered by the Department of Ocean Science.

  • LANG 3027
    Science Communication in English for Research Students (Chemistry, Life Science and Ocean Science)
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 2010

    This course offers undergraduate students the opportunity to improve their skills in writing research articles, abstracts, review articles, and other related genres. The course teaches academic writing features and research writing, referencing and editing skills, to help Chemistry/Life Science/Ocean Science students write up their research project reports professionally. Input on how to write different sections of a scientific research paper will be provided, with illustrations from authentic texts. Students will be guided to complete their individual reports by exploring the research writing conventions of their individual disciplines and will receive feedback on their own writing. Instructor's approval is requirement for enrolment in the course. For IRE students and students doing research projects in CHEM, LIFS and OCES only.

  • LANG 3070
    English Communication for Humanities and Social Science Studies II
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 2070

    Restricted to students on programs offered by the School of Humanities and Social Science. The course builds on the critical reading and thinking skills students have developed, and prepares them for writing up long documents such as project reports and dissertations, with special attention paid to the demands on students from various Humanities and Social Science disciplines.

  • LANG 3081
    Communication for Environmental Management and Technology III
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 2083

    The course aims to develop students' ability to use effective and appropriate organizational structures, vocabulary, language and style in Capstone Project proposals, reports and presentations. For EVMT students only.

  • LANG 4030
    Technical Communication II for CSE, CPEG & DSCT
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 2030 OR LANG 2010 (for DSCT only)
    Corequisite(s) (For COMP, CPEG and DSCT students) COMP 4910 OR COMP 4981 OR COMP 4981H OR CPEG 4901 OR CPEG 4902; (For COSC students) Nil

    A one-term, major-specific language course for CSE students, and for CPEG and DSCT students undertaking a CSE Final Year Project or Final Year Thesis. The course focuses on report writing and presentations, and communication in professional contexts relevant to the disciplines.

  • LANG 4031
    Technical Communication II for ECE & CPEG
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 2030
    Corequisite(s) ELEC 4900 OR ELEC 4901 OR ELEC 4910 OR CPEG 4911 OR CPEG 4912

    A one-term, major-specific language course for all ECE students and for all CPEG students undertaking an ECE Final Year Project. The course focuses on Final Year Project report writing and presentations and communication in professional contexts relevant to ECE and CPEG.

  • LANG 4032
    Technical Communication II for IEDA and ISDN
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 2030

    A one-term, major-specific language course for students in IEDA and ISDN. The course focuses on Final Year Project report writing and presentations and appropriate communication strategies and language use in professional contexts relevant to the disciplines. For IEDA and ISDN students in their third or fourth year of study only.

  • LANG 4033
    Technical Communication II for Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 2030

    A one-term, major-specific language course for all students of the CIVL Department undertaking the Final Year Project and Capstone Project. The course focuses on Final Year Project report writing and presentations, and communication in professional contexts relevant to the CIVL Capstone Project. For CIVL and CIEV students in their third or fourth year of study only.

  • LANG 4034
    Technical Communication II for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 2030
    Corequisite(s) MECH 3690 OR MECH 3830

    A one-term, major-specific course for all Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering students. The course focuses on academic speaking and writing skills for laboratory report writing and the Final Year Design Project. For MAE students only.

  • LANG 4035
    Technical Communication II for Chemical and Biological Engineering
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 2030

    A one-term, major-specific course for all students in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. The course focuses on Final Year Project report writing and presentations, and communication in professional contexts relevant to chemical and biological engineering. For CBE students in their third or fourth year of study only.

  • LANG 4070
    Academic Writing in Context - Global China Studies
    Corequisite(s) SHSS 4991 OR SHSS 4992

    This is a course with a special delivery mode -- a combination of input sessions plus highly individualized assistance provided for students to address their specific writing needs, dictated by students' choices of topics in particular areas of Global China Studies. For GCS students only.