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Professor Moray McGowan

Lectures &Tutorials/ Contact hours

1 hour per week

Students should spend at least 2-3 hours per week on private study.

Recommended Texts/ Key Reading

The most appropriate reading for this module stream is the wide reading, in German, of quality journalism, critical essays on current affairs, and more specialist registers relating to the student’s specific degree programme which should form part of a student’s background work at Senior Sophister level.


3-hour end-of-year written paper (100 marks)

Fortnightly assignments

Compensation is allowed at the discretion of the Examiners between the two streams of GR4015 (i.e., Intercultural Communication and Translation) as long as the overall mark for GR4015 is 40 or above.

Module Evaluation

Students are given the opportunity to complete an evaluation form at the end of the module.


GR 4001 Rhetorik (10 ECTS) Mandatory

Module Content/Outline


This module is designed to develop advanced oral and written rhetorical skills in the L2.

It also aims to consolidate existing written, oral and aural German language skills through systematic revision of grammatical structures and to encourage the further development of communicative and cultural competence.


The module develops advanced rhetorical skills in the L2 focus on analysis and production of a range of both written and oral/aural text types, including editorials, speeches, interviews, ‘Erörterungen’, ‘Kommentare’ and ‘Glossen’.

Methods of Student Teaching & Learning

  • Contact teaching (small group teaching)

  • Directed learning (group work, homework)

  • Experiential learning (presentations)

  • Self-directed learning (private study).

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • understand and analyse the stylistic and rhetorical strategies which characterise complex written and oral text types;

  • filter information and to differentiate between fact and opinion as well as between relevant and irrelevant information in complex oral and written texts;

  • produce stylistically appropriate Erörterungen, Kommentare and Glossen on contemporary social, economic, political, literary themes in idiomatic and accurate German;

  • give oral presentations at an advanced level in idiomatic and accurate German, using the appropriate register, on contemporary social, economic, political, and literary themes;

  • demonstrate a confident use of media such as PowerPoint during presentations and appropriate integration of all aspects of communication including gestures, facial expressions, body language;

  • communicate at an advanced level in terms of accuracy, fluency and expression in the L2 in a variety of situations such as discussions, negotiations and interviews;

  • demonstrate a sound knowledge and mastery of complex grammar and syntax including indirect speech, hypotaxis, conjunctions, modal particles, in spoken and written German.


Ms Katrin Eberbach

Lectures &Tutorials/ Contact hours

2 hours per week all year

1 hour per week spoken German all year

1 hour per week Grammar tutorial (optional) all year

Students should spend at least 4-5 hours per week on private study.

Recommended Texts/Key Reading

Recommended Dictionaries: Grosswörterbuch Deutsch als Fremdsprache (Langenscheidt) and a good bilingual dictionary, e.g. Collins or Oxford Duden
A Language Reader will be provided by the department.


Assessment is by examination and continuous assessment.

  • 3-hour end-of-year written examination (60 marks)

  • 20-30 minute end-of-year oral examination (to include a presentation) with the external examiner (40 marks)

Progress is maintained through private study and weekly homework.

To pass this module, students must receive a mark of at least 40% overall in GR4001 and a pass in the GR4001 written paper.

Module Evaluation

Students complete an evaluation form at the end of the module.


GR4013 Case Study (10 ECTS credits) Mandatory

Module Content/Outline


The module aims to provide students with the skills required to write their final year case study.


Students learn how to conduct primary and secondary research for their case study; to classify and evaluate the materials they collect; to plan and structure the writing of the case study; to deal with the formal and stylistic requirements of writing a case study.

Methods of Teaching and Learning

  • Contact teaching (tutorial)

  • Self-directed learning

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to

  • identify and select appropriate sources of primary and secondary data;

  • organise and integrate material from primary and secondary sources in a coherent and focused manner

  • analyse and make sense of data about a firm and its strategic situation and its macro-environment and industry environment;

  • create links between the theory and practice of strategic management,

  • understand and apply the formal and stylistic requirements of case writing in the L1 and L2;


Dr Gillian S Martin

Lectures &Tutorials/ Contact hours

1 contact hour per week (MT)

The remaining hours to be spent collecting, evaluating materials; writing up/revising the case study.

Recommended Texts/ Key Reading

Johnson, G., Scholes, K., & Whittington, R., 2008: Exploring Corporate Strategy: Text and Cases, 8th edition, Prentice Hall: London.
Naumes, W., & Naumes, M., 1999: The Art and Craft of Case Writing, Sage: Thousand Oaks, CA.
Other materials are provided by the Department.


The case study is a non-compensatable component of the degree.

Details of assessment and the breakdown of marks are available in the case study handbook.

Module Evaluation

Students complete an evaluation form at the end of the module.

Students are strongly advised to attend two optional courses:

GR3401 Sophister Spoken German (MT, HT): There will a be weekly conversation class for all JS and SS students. Also, a series of German films will be shown fortnightly at 6 p.m. in Room 5086 on Wednesday nights, beginning in Week 2 of Michaelmas Term. Afterwards (from 8 p.m.) staff and students gather in one of the local pubs, where they can speak German in a relaxed atmosphere.

Sophister Grammar Tutorial (1 hour per week MT, HT): Revision of a range of advanced grammatical structures.
Note: Exams are set with the approval of the external examiner. All assessment and examination work is double-marked, in some cases by two internal examiners, in other cases by an internal and the external examiner. In order to allow external examiners to survey any candidate’s entire performance, all assessed work is retained in the Department and not returned to students after marking.
Modules are weighted according to their credit values. Students are advised to consult the BSL Examination Conventions to see how their final degree mark is calculated and for the regulations on fails and compensations. This document can be downloaded from the BESS website.

NB Assignments

All students complete assignments during the year that count toward their end-of-year mark.

JF, SF & JS students are required to place these assignments in the locked mailbox beside the door of Room 5065 (Departmental Office). The mailbox will be emptied at 12 noon on days of assignment submission.
SS students are required to sign in their assignments. There will be a folder for each assignment in 5065 with a signing-in sheet: a member of staff will countersign.

Assignments, other than dissertations, should be stapled without folders or binding of any sort. They must be typed or word-processed. The front page should contain the following information:

  • your name

  • the title of the module

  • your student number

  • your cohort (TSM, BSG, LG, ES, CSLG)

  • the name of the lecturer responsible for the assignment

  • The following statement, which you should sign:

I confirm that I am aware of the College and Departmental rules on plagiarism, and that all sources used in this essay have been fully and appropriately acknowledged.

Signed: ……………………………………………


Plagiarism is defined as being ‘the wrongful act of taking the product of another person’s mind and presenting it as one’s own’ (A. Lindey, Plagiarism and Originality, 1952, p.2). It can arise from actions such as:

  • copying another student’s work;

  • enlisting another person or persons to complete an assignment on the student’s behalf;

  • quoting directly, without acknowledgement, from books, articles, the internet, or other sources, either in printed, recorded or electronic format;

  • paraphrasing, without acknowledgement, the writings of other authors;

Everyone gets a large proportion of their ideas from elsewhere: indeed you should make use of other people’s writings. However, it is important that you distinguish clearly between your own words and the ideas and words of someone else. Direct quotations must be indicated by quotation marks and an indication of the source, with a page number and a reference traceable through your bibliography. When you paraphrase someone else’s work, it is enough to indicate the source, with a page number and a reference to the bibliography. The bibliography should list all the works you have consulted, not only those that you quote from. Including a work in the bibliography is not sufficient: you must indicate the source of any quotation or paraphrase in the body of your work.

Your attention is drawn to the entries in the College Calendar which deal with plagiarism. The Calendar is available on line at (click on General Regulations and Information (PDF, 116 kB). You should in particular consult paragraphs 48 and paragraphs 81 to 89 (in the 2012-13 Calendar these paragraphs are on pages H11 and H19-H21).
In accordance with the Calendar regulations the School and its component departments regard plagiarism as a serious offence which may lead to a 0 mark for the work submitted and possibly to disciplinary action by College.
Students should note that, in addition to downloading material from the World Wide Web, asking native speakers in your target language to correct work is also defined as plagiarism and will be monitored and penalised.
The above regulations on plagiarism apply in exams, in submitted essays, dissertations, case studies, and in assessed language work. Remember that if you fail to give adequate sources, lecturers may ask you to account for the originality of your work.
For advice on referencing, consult the TCD Library website at and advice from your department.


48 Examinations or other exercises which are part of continuous assessment are subject to the same rules as other College examinations. Where submitted work is part of a procedure of assessment, plagiarism is similarly regarded as a serious offence and is liable to similar penalties. (Calendar 2012-13, p. H11, § 48)

81 Plagiarism is interpreted by the University as the act of presenting the work of others as one’s own work, without acknowledgement.

Plagiarism is considered as academically fraudulent, and an offence against University discipline.  The University considers plagiarism to be a major offence, and subject to the disciplinary procedures of the University.

82 Plagiarism can arise from deliberate actions and also through careless thinking and/or methodology. The offence lies not in the attitude or intention of the perpetrator, but in the action and in its consequences.
Plagiarism can arise from actions such as:

(a) copying another student’s work;

(b) enlisting another person or persons to complete an assignment on the student’s behalf;

(c) quoting directly, without acknowledgement, from books, articles or other sources, either in  printed, recorded or electronic format;

(d) paraphrasing, without acknowledgement, the writings of other authors.

Examples (c) and (d) in particular can arise through careless thinking and/or methodology where  students:

(i) fail to distinguish between their own ideas and those of others;

(ii) fail to take proper notes during preliminary research and therefore lose track of the sources  from which the notes were drawn;

(iii) fail to distinguish between information which needs no acknowledgement because it is  firmly in the public domain, and information which might be widely known, but which  nevertheless requires some sort of acknowledgement;

(iv) come across a distinctive methodology or idea and fail to record its source.

All the above serve only as examples and are not exhaustive.
Students should submit work done in co-operation with other students only when it is done with the full knowledge and permission of the lecturer concerned. Without this, work submitted which is the product of collusion with other students may be considered to be plagiarism.
83 It is clearly understood that all members of the academic community use and build on the work of others. It is commonly accepted also, however, that we build on the work of others in an open and explicit manner, and with due acknowledgement. Many cases of plagiarism that arise could be avoided by following some simple guidelines:

(i) Any material used in a piece of work, of any form, that is not the original thought of the author should be fully referenced in the work and attributed to its source. The material should either be quoted directly or paraphrased. Either way, an explicit citation of the work referred to should be provided, in the text, in a footnote, or both. Not to do so is to commit plagiarism.

(ii) When taking notes from any source it is very important to record the precise words or ideas that are being used and their precise sources.

(iii) While the Internet often offers a wider range of possibilities for researching particular themes, it also requires particular attention to be paid to the distinction between one’s own work and the work of others. Particular care should be taken to keep track of the source of the electronic information obtained from the Internet or other electronic sources and ensure  that it is explicitly and correctly acknowledged.

84 It is the responsibility of the author of any work to ensure that he/she does not commit plagiarism.
85 Students should ensure the integrity of their work by seeking advice from their lecturers, tutor or supervisor on avoiding plagiarism. All schools and departments should include, in their handbooks or other literature given to students, advice on the appropriate methodology for the kind of work that students will be expected to undertake.
86 If plagiarism as referred to in §81 above is suspected, in the first instance, the head of school will write to the student, and the student’s tutor advising them of the concerns raised and inviting them to attend an informal meeting with the head of school7 and the lecturer concerned, in order to put their suspicions to the student and give the student the opportunity to respond. The student will be requested to respond in writing stating his/her agreement to attend such a meeting and confirming on which of the suggested dates and times it will be possible for the student to attend. If the student does not in this manner agree to attend such a meeting, the head of school may refer the case directly to the Junior Dean, who will interview the student and may implement the procedures as referred to under CONDUCT AND COLLEGE REGULATIONS §2.
87 If the head of school forms the view that plagiarism has taken place, he/she must decide if the offence can be dealt with under the summary procedure set out below. In order for this summary procedure to be followed, all parties attending the informal meeting as noted in §73 above must state their agreement in writing to the head of school. If the facts of the case are in dispute, or if the head of school feels that the penalties provided for under the summary procedure below are inappropriate given the circumstances of the case, he/she will refer the case directly to the Junior Dean, who will interview the student and may implement the procedures as referred to under CONDUCT AND COLLEGE REGULATIONS §2.

88 If the offence can be dealt with under the summary procedure, the head of school will recommend to the Senior Lecturer one of the following penalties:

(a) that the piece of work in question receives a reduced mark, or a mark of zero; or

(b) if satisfactory completion of the piece of work is deemed essential for the student to rise with his/her year or to proceed to the award of a degree, the student may be required to re-submit the work. However the student may not receive more than the minimum pass mark applicable to the piece of work on satisfactory re-submission.

89 Provided that the appropriate procedure has been followed and all parties in §86 above are in agreement with the proposed penalty, the Senior Lecturer may approve the penalty and notify the Junior Dean accordingly. The Junior Dean may nevertheless implement the procedures as referred to under CONDUCT AND COLLEGE REGULATIONS §2.   (Calendar 2012-13, H19-21, § 81 to 89)

77 The director of teaching and learning (undergraduate) may also attend the meeting as appropriate. As an alternative to their tutor, students may nominate a representative from the Students’ Union to accompany them to the meeting.

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