Professional Communication


General information

Course name Professional Communication
Course type Seminar
Course code FE-KO-PC
Course coordinator Kate Simmons
Faculty Key Skills Centre, Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Examination office Gemeinsames Prüfungsamt Philosophische Fakultät
Short summary In our global society and global markets English is the international language. Communicating in English is an essential key skill for many professions.

Information about study level

Study level Bachelor
Also possible for Master

Information about credit points, evaluation and frequency


Talk, portfolio, preparing application documents, interviews

Frequency Winter and summer semester

Information about teaching language

Teaching language English
Minimum language requirement B1
Further information on the teaching language As this is a highly interactive course a B1 (intermediate) level of English is required

Information about requirements

Recommended requirements Active participation, work in groups, one talk on an aspect of the seminar, portfolio tasks (weekly) The course includes preparing a curriculum vitae/resume and letter of application and attending/ conducting interviews in English (to be filmed).

Information about course content, reading list and additional information

Course Content While addressing the fundamentals of communication theory, this course will provide practical training in • job applications, including interview practice • resumes, letters of application • team building and management styles • negotiations and active listening • cross-cultural awareness • conflict management • networking • presentations
Reading list Donald B. Egolf, Forming Storming Norming Performing: Successful Communication in Groups And Teams (New York 2001) Daniel H. Pink, Drive, The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (Edinburgh 2011) Simon Sinek, Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action Stephen Covey, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People Roger Fisher / William Ury, Getting to Yes: Negotiating an Agreement without Giving in (London 1997) Friedrich Glasl, Confronting Conflict: A First-Aid kit for Handling Conflict (Gloucestershire 1999) Marshall B. Rosenberg, Nonviolent Communication: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships Martin Yate, Ultimate Cover Letters: A Guide to Job Search Letters, Online Applications and Follow-Up Strategies (Avon 2008)
Additional information