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Trinity College

School of Languages, Literatures & Cultural Studies

Department of Germanic Studies

Business Studies and German

German Handbook 2012/2013

Please note that a word version of this document is available from the Departmental office (Room 5065) on request.

Welcome to the Department of Germanic Studies!

This handbook applies to students taking the Degree in Business Studies and German. It provides a guide as to what is expected of you on this programme and to the academic and personal support available to you. As this degree programme is taught and administered by both the Department of Germanic Studies and the School of Business Studies, you will need to consult the Business Studies Handbook as well. If you have any questions relating to these handbooks, please ask the relevant co-ordinator:

Who to contact for further information on your language modules

Course Co-ordinator: Michaelmas Term - Dr Gillian Martin, Room 5071, e-mail, Ext. 2329.

Who to contact for further information on your business modules

Dr Mary Lee Rhodes (BSL Course Director), School of Business Studies,, Ext. 1583.

Dr David Coghlan, School of Business Studies,, Ext.2323.
You are also advised to consult the BSL Examination Regulations document which can be downloaded from
In this handbook you will find information specific to the German language component of your degree, the forms of assessment for each language module, as well as a list of the deadlines for assignments. The descriptions of modules given here are intended as general overviews and details may be changed. You will also find important information about the College policy on Plagiarism at the back of this handbook.
On the departmental website you will find further important information on how to make the most of your language learning, how to study effectively, and how to write an essay (go to:
The information provided in the course handbooks is accurate at time of preparation. Any necessary revisions will be notified to students via e-mail. Please note that in the event of any conflict or inconsistency between the General Regulations published in the University Calendar and the information contained in course handbooks, the provisions of the General Regulations prevail.
You can also obtain regular information on your language modules from the notice boards in the Department of Germanic Studies. The notice boards are located in the corridor beside Room 5065 (Departmental Office). It is your responsibility to check all notice boards regularly and carefully.
Information on the Course

As a Business Studies and German student you will be taking a suite of specially designed modules, which respond to the main aims and objectives of the Business Studies and a Language degree. These aims and objectives include the following:


  • to lay the foundation for a career in international business in the rapidly expanding global economy

  • to integrate practical language competencies with business skills

  • to develop an understanding of business practice in a multicultural context

  • to provide graduates with an edge in a competitive job market


  • to equip graduates to occupy administrative or managerial positions in public or private sector organisations (multinational firms, banks, government agencies, industry, commerce) with international connections

  • to provide students with an opportunity to gain work experience in the country of their chosen language

Academic (business)

  • to develop an understanding of business theory and practice

  • to develop skills and knowledge in key areas of business and management disciplines

  • to provide a foundation for postgraduate study and research

Linguistic and cultural

  • to develop high levels of proficiency in the foreign language

  • to develop business communication skills (negotiating, making presentations, taking part in meetings, report writing) in the foreign language

  • to develop an appreciation and understanding of the foreign-language cultural environment and institutions

  • to develop an awareness of culturally different approaches to business operations and strategy

  • to provide students with the opportunity of spending a year studying in the country of their chosen language

Generic/transferable skills

  • to develop analytical, critical and logical skills

  • to equip students for life-long learning

  • to develop transferable skills, including presentation skills, individual learning and time management, small group work and project work, multi-tasking, and planning

  • to develop qualities such as flexibility, adaptability and independence enabling graduates to cope in a rapidly changing social and technological environment

Learning Outcomes of the Business Studies & a Language Degree

Having successfully completed this programme, students should be able to:

  • Identify, evaluate and synthesise the substantive business/management theories, frameworks and models;

  • Use appropriate business theories and frameworks to identify, formulate, analyse and solve business and management problems within national and international contexts;

  • Understand the business-society relationship in the context of business ethics, corporate social responsibility and corporate governance and apply this understanding to achieving effective management of the non-market environment;

  • Integrate general and professional target language competencies with business knowledge and skills so as to be able to occupy administrative or managerial positions in public or private sector organisations with international connections;

  • Communicate effectively in oral and written modes with competent speakers of the target language in professional and social settings;

  • Work effectively as an individual and in teams in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural settings;

  • Demonstrate flexibility, adaptability and independence in order to engage productively with a changing social, cultural and technological environment and with a capacity to move effectively within and between cultures;

  • Demonstrate critical cultural and linguistic awareness together with the strategies for dealing creatively with challenges in intercultural communication;

  • Engage in the pursuit of knowledge in greater depth and over time in support of life-long learning, either as a practitioner or an academic.

Attendance and coursework

Attendance at all the modules described in this handbook is compulsory. Weekly homeworks are given in the Freshman years and you are expected to complete these. As a minimum, in all years students are required to submit at least two-thirds of all the work set on any module and to attend two-thirds of all classes held. If you do not meet this requirement you will be recorded NS (non-satisfactory) and your tutor will be informed. Students who are recorded NS in two consecutive terms may, at the discretion of the Department and the Senior Lecturer, be barred from taking annual examinations. During Hilary term, the NS form will be completed after the study week, i.e., after Week 7.

Procedures for submitting work and penalties for late submission

JF and SF students must deposit assessed work in the locked mailbox beside the departmental office (Room 5065) by the specified time. A list of submission dates and times is included in this handbook. The mailbox is emptied at 12 noon on submission dates. JS &SS students must sign in all assessed work in the Departmental Office at the specified times and on the specified sheet. The Departmental Executive Officers will countersign the sheet. The Department takes no responsibility for work that is handed in or left in the office without signing and counter-signing.

In case of accident or loss, all students should keep hard and disk copies of all assessed work. You are also required to submit any assessed work as an e-mail attachment (word) so that it can be run through anti-plagiarism software.
Assignment extension forms are available from an envelope attached to the Departmental Office window. If you are granted an extension, a form must be completed and signed by the appropriate lecturer and then attached to your work. There are penalties for late submission of work without an extension. Up to one week's lateness incurs a penalty of 10%, after that 0% will be awarded. If you fail to hand in a piece of work, you may be returned as ‘Incomplete’ at the end of the year and not allowed to rise with your year.
The Department sets aside two days after the publication of the annual examination results when you can discuss your scripts with members of staff. Please keep an eye on the notice board for dates.
Marking Scheme for assessed work and examinations

The Department of Germanic Studies uses the full marking scale between 0% and 100%. This scale is subdivided into 6 classes which can be glossed as follows:

I 70% + distinction – work of exceptional quality

II.1 60%-69% very good – merit

II.2 50%-59% average – good

III 40%-49% passable – adequate

F1 30%-39% redeemable fail

F2 0%-29% not a serious attempt

The % mark is a symbolic representation of a student’s performance within a given class. The % is derived from the class, not the other way around. For example, one talks of marks in the II.1 class in the following way:
60% a borderline II.2/II.1

61%-63% a low II.1

64%-66% a mid II.1

67%-68% a high II.1

69% not quite a I (needs to be justified)
The Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences has laid down guidelines for assigning classes to essay-type assignments. In the case of Objective tests you should note the following.

Objective tests are correct answer tests/ items which have unequivocal answers. These may be useful in the assessment of discrete linguistic skills and/or knowledge. Objective items can be designed to focus on specific knowledge and skills, and can be set at any required level of difficulty.

Objective test types

  • Gap/cloze tests of various kinds

  • Comprehension exercises (True/False; Multiple choice; questions requiring students to locate specific information in the source text)

  • Matching questions + answers/beginnings + ends of sentences; Sentence completion

The main strength of objective tests is the fact that they can be marked with complete reliability, thus eliminating the possibility of marker subjectivity or bias. The assessment of objective tests may also present a problem because of possible confusion arising from (a) marks as symbolic representations of attainment and (b) marks as raw scores, without reference to standard/scale.

In the Department of Germanic Studies the top mark for objective tests is normally 80. This is an indication of a very high I class mark. Exceptional performances may, however, be awarded a mark in excess of 80.

Objective tests are normally used in conjunction with other types of question in order to ensure that students may obtain an overall mark within the full range 0-100.

The pass mark in objective tests is determined by the difficulty of the test, the range of skills and knowledge that are being tested and the level of the students.

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