Course code ValoP186

Credit points 3

Professional German II

Total Hours in Course81

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes32

Independent study hours49

Date of course confirmation04.03.2014

Responsible UnitLanguage Centre

Course developers

author lect.

Aija Pētersone

Mg. paed.

author lect.

Oksana Mališeva

Mg. philol.

Prior knowledge

ValoP185, Professional German I

Course abstract

The study course is aimed at the development of students’ foreign language (Germany) knowledge and skills necessary for comprehending, interpreting and evaluating professional information, explaining and comparing processes, participating in discussions, giving presentations in professional and academic environments as well as for communication with foreign students, specialists and academic staff. The focus is on the terminology related to heat energy, electric energy and alternative energy. The Germany language proficiency level corresponds at least to level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for foreign languages.

The assessment according to the 10 point scale.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge - understanding of terminology in the following fields:
- non-renewable and renewable energy resources; types of power stations; generation of electric current at power stations, turbines, generators, distribution and transmission of electric current, transformers, substations (Test No 1);
- ecological problems, global warming, greenhouse effect; types of alternative energy - wind energy, solar energy, wave energy, biomass energy, geothermal energy; electrical safety, electric shock, security measures (Test No 2).
Skills - students are able to define terms, select professional information, think critically, participate in discussions applying professional terminology and communication skills: in written form - writing descriptions, summaries, business letters; orally - in discussions, dialogues, giving a presentation.
Competence - of professional and academic Germany language in order to apply it creatively in spoken and written communication for student mobility, professional and academic activities in international environment.

The assessment according to the 10 point scale.

Course Content(Calendar)

Full time intramural studies:
1. Main branches of agriculture. Farmstead. Research and training farm Vecauce.2h
2. Energy policy of the European Union. Energy policy of Latvia.2h
3. Types of energy resources. Non-renewable and renewable energy resources.2h
4. Oil and its processing. Coal and peat.2h
5. Test 1. Generation of electric current at power stations. Hydroelectric power stations.2h
6. Distribution and transmission of electric current. Thermal power stations.2h
7. Energy efficiency. Ecological problems. Greenhouse effect.2h
8. Types of alternative energy. Wind energy. Solar energy. Wave energy.2h
9. Biomass energy. Sources of biomass.2h
10. Alternative energy. Geothermal energy. Heat pumps.2h
11. Nuclear energy. Nuclear power stations, principles of operation and safety aspects.2h
12. Electrical safety. Electric shock. Security measures. Instructions.2h
13. Electrical appliances in agriculture. Lighting, heating and ventilation of farms.2h
14. Test 2. Types of electric apparatus. Faults, their causes, evaluation, repair. Apparatus maintenance.2h
15. Business communication. Formal letters. Telephone conversations.2h
16. Students` presentation of independent work.2h
Part time extramural studies:

All topics specified for full time studies are accomplished, but the number of contact hours is one half of the number specified in the calendar

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%.Examination.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Individual work:
1. Reading of the independently chosen professional texts (the amount: 20 000 characters);
2. A written summary (the amount – 2000 characters);
3. Prepared PPoint presentation and oral presentation (8-10 minutes) in front of the class;

4. Submitted glossary of terms (30 translations, 20 definitions).

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The cumulative assessment is composed of the grades in 2 tests and a presentation of the individual work.The grade in tests is successful if at least 70% of the answers are correct. All home works should receive a successful grade.

Compulsory reading

1. Schaefer C. Über den Einfluss der Temperatur auf die Elastizität der Metalle. Verlag Trapeza, 2012. 76 S. ISBN-10:3-86454-270-7.
2. Kuhlmann A. Auto und Verkehr bis 2000. Verlag Springer, 2011. 254 S. ISBN-10:3-642-82355-6.
3. Lips W. Strömungsakustik in Theorie und Praxis. Anleitungen zur lärmarmen Projektierung von Maschinen und Anlagen. 4. Aufl. Verlag: Espert-Verlaga GmbH, 2008. 406 S. ISBN-10:3-8169-2807-2.

4. Stiens G. Gegen den Verfall lebensweltlicher Landschaften. Beiträge zur Sozialästhetik. Verlag: Projekt Verlag, 2009. 424 S. ISBN-10:3-89733-193-4.

Further reading

1. Wöhrmann H. Das Landwirtschaftserbrecht. 9. Aufl. München: Verlag Luchterhand, 2011. 754 S. ISBN-10:3-472-08021-3.
2. Stiens G. Gegen den Verfall lebensweltlicher Landschaften. Beiträge zur Sozialästhetik. Verlag: Projekt Verlag, 2009. 424 S. ISBN-10:3-89733-193-4.

3. Schön Chr. ADAC Zeittafel Automobilgeschichte. 125 Jahre Auto. Verlag: Heel Verlag GmbH, 2011. 27 S. ISBN-10:3-86852-376-6.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Landtechnische Zeitschrift für Wissenschaft und Praxis. ISBN: 0011-9784
2. Agrar- und Umweltrecht. - Zeitschrift für das gesamte Recht der Landwirtschaft der Agrarmärkte und des ländlichen Raumes. ISBN 0340-840X

3. Profi-Magazin für professionelle Agrartechnik. ISBN 3784332641


The course is included in the compulsory part of the study programme Applied Energy Engineering