IT3LMB-Italian Language for Management & Business

Module Provider: Modern Languages
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Placement opportunity: Micro placement
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Chiara Ciarlo


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module aims to develop and expand on the language and knowledge which students have acquired after two years of undergraduate study. Students will expand their knowledge of Italian business lexis and of the principles of business practice and its socioeconomic context. They will reinforce their ability to summarise documents and to write on business topics in Italian and they will be able to present in oral and written form syntheses and analysis of different types of information.


This module aims to enable students to read and write at an advanced level in Italian on management and business topics related to the Italian world. It also aims to develop students' skills in elaborating on and evaluating sets of statistics and diagrams in Italian.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:

- understand advanced texts on financial, business and management topics from the Italian-speaking world;

- demonstrate that they have acquired the necessary knowledge of the concepts, terminology and institutional structures relating to the Italian-speaking business world; 

- recognise the common stylistic and syntactical features of technical texts in Italian; 

- write Italian at an advanced level on management/business topics in the form of summaries, responses to written texts, or letters; 

- elaborate on and evaluate in Italian under exam conditions sets of statistics and diagrams. 

Additional outcomes:

The module also aims to enable students to:

  • develop reading and oral communication skills in Italian;

  • express themselves clearly in writing on Italian business-related topics;

  • develop their IT skills by using the internet as a source for material relating to the Italian-speaking business world;

  • make good use of appropriate reference materials (dictionaries, grammars, etc.);

  • increase their business awareness, particularly as regards the Italian-speaking business world;

  • acquire an awareness and some experience of business working practices and environments where Italian is used, and an acquaintance with current developments in the commercial and economic life of Italian-speaking countries and the UK.

Outline content:

Students are introduced to a variety of texts of advanced difficulty covering different areas of commercial activity with a focus on, but not limited to Italy. The contact hours will be devoted to the development of written, reading and speaking skills in business-related areas: banking and finance, management and marketing, etc. In each area an introduction is provided to important concepts and institutional structures, as well as to the relevant terminology and vocabulary in Italian.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will use a variety of strategies for teaching and learning, involving a mixture of group-work, class discussion and analysis, and independent work between sessions. Students will complete regular exercises as homework and will also do a variety of exercises in class.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 10 10 4
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (directed) 37 35
    Exam revision/preparation 4
    Advance preparation for classes 15 15
    Preparation for seminars 10 10
    Completion of formative assessment tasks 2 2
    Revision and preparation 2 2
    Group study tasks 10 12
    Carry-out research project 10 10
Total hours by term 96 96 8
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 30
Project output other than dissertation 25
Oral assessment and presentation 20
Practical skills assessment 25

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Students will take a two-hour written examination, worth 30% of the final mark for the module, and an oral exam, worth 20% of the final mark for this module. 

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Progression of language practical skills and competence will be assessed over two terms through a class test and a coursework project. Students’ continuous assessment work is worth 50% of the module mark.

Formative assessment methods:
Feedback will be given on homework tasks and assignments and there will be opportunities for class-based discussions.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Reassessment, which will be via a 2-hour written exam, in August, in the event of failure in this module and of failure in the degree as a whole. Continuous assessment and/or coursework can be carried forward if it bears a confirmed mark of 40% or more.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Required text books: Information provided in the module reading list.

    Last updated: 5 September 2019


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