Course code ValoP219

Credit points 2

Professional English II

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes32

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation16.01.2013

Responsible UnitLanguage Centre

Course developer

author Valodu centrs

Aija Pētersone

Mg. paed.

Prior knowledge

ValoP218, Professional English I

Replaced course

ValoP262 [GVALP262] Professional English II

Course abstract

The course is aimed at the acquisition of knowledge and skills in a professional foreign language with the purpose of extending the students` professional qualification and improving the students` communication skills with foreign students and specialists (including work placement abroad, participation in guest lectures, work in joint venture companies, etc.). The study course envisages the mastering of language skills in various forms and levels of communication – reading, speaking, listening, and writing focusing on the terminology of machine design and manufacturing.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Students know terms from the field of:
- elastic and plastic deformation, elastic modulus; material hardness and testing methods – Rockwell’s, Brinell’s, Vickers’s tests; thermal expansion and contraction; heat treatment of metals – quenching, annealing, tempering (Test No 1);
- machine tools- turning machines, milling machines, presses, band saws, grinding machines, CNC systems; work safety; machine maintenance (Test No 2).
Students are able to apply professional terminology and skills: in writing an essay, summaries, business letters; orally in discussions, dialogues, role plays, giving a presentation.
The assessment according to the 10 point scale.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Ecological problems. Impact of machine manufacturing on the environment.
2. Deformation and its degrees.
3. Material hardness. Testing and scales of material hardness. Testing procedures.
4. Impact of temperature on various materials.
5. Car safety systems. Active and passive safety.
6. Test 1. Equipment of machine manufacturing and its modernization.
7. Work safety. Major risks and consequences. Risk prevention.
8. Tools and equipment. Their description and use.
9. Material cracking and damage during manufacturing and exploitation.
10. Machine exploitation and safety.
11. Machine maintenance. Main operations of maintenance.
12. Main technical problems with machines, their determination and prevention.
13. Test 2. Business communication. Formal letters. Cover letter. Invitation to a conference. Request. CV.
14. Telephone conversations. Types of conversations, common phrases.
15. Presentation of independent work.
16. Presentation of independent work.

Requirements for awarding credit points

Assessment: Examination. The examination consists of: a terminology test, a presentation. A student is allowed to take the examination if there are: successfully written 2 tests, timely completed homework, completed individual work (reading of professional texts, the prepared PowerPoint presentation on the selected topic, the glossary of terms). Tests and homework are with a positive evaluation. The number of the missed classes shall not exceed 20%.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

1. Individual work:
a) reading of the independently chosen professional texts (the amount: 20 000 characters);
b) prepared PowerPoint presentation and oral presentation (8-10 minutes) in front of the class;
c) a written summary;
d) submitted glossary of terms (30 translations of terms, 20 definitions).
2. Pair or group work presentation (5 -7 minutes) on a topic related to the study course.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The examination grade is calculated as an arithmetic mean of grades obtained in two examination tasks. The grade in the terminology test is successful if at least 60% of the answers are correct.

Compulsory reading

1. Ashby M. Materials and design: the art and science of material selection in product design / Mike Ashby, Kara Johnson. Third edition. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann, 2014, 389 p. Paperback ISBN 9780080982052
eBook ISBN 9780080982823
2. Lloyd Ch., Frazier J.A. Career Paths: Engineering. Express Publishing, 2014. ISBN 978-1-78098-016-4
3. Mori Y. Mechanical Vibrations: applications to equipment / Yvon Mori. - London: ISTE; Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2017, 411 p. Tiešsaistes resurss E-grāmata (PDF) (Resurss pieejams tiešsaistē LLU datortīklā):
E-grāmata (PDF) (Resurss pieejams ar LLU IS lietotājkontu):
4. Sopranzi S. Flash on English for Mechanics, Electronics and Technical Assistance.¬ ELI, 2012, 47 p. ISBN 978-88-536-1449-0

Further reading

1. Badger I., Pedley S. Everyday Business Writing. Pearson Education Ltd, 2008, 95 p. ISBN 0-582-53972-2
2. Gans, R. F. Mechanical Systems: a unified approach to vibrations and controls / Roger F. Gans. Cham: Springer, 2015, 437p. ISBN 978-3-319-08371-1
3. Norton, Robert L. Machine design: an integrated approach / Robert L. Norton, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts. Fifth edition. Boston : Prentice Hall, 2014, 1060 p. ISBN-13: 978-0133356717

Periodicals and other sources

Periodika un citi informācijas avoti 1. International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture. [tiešsaiste] ISSN 0890-6955. [Skatīts 17.12.2018.] Pieejams ScienceDirect:
2. Journal of Agricultural Engineering Research. [tiešsaiste] ISSN 0021-8634. [Skatīts 17.12.2018.] Pieejams ScienceDirect:
3. Journal of Mechanical Design. [tiešsaiste] ISSN 1050-0472. [Skatīts 17.12.2018.] Pieejams:


The course is included in the compulsory part of the professional Bachelor’s degree programme Machine Design and Manufacturing