Hasso-Plattner-InstitutSDG am HPI
Hasso-Plattner-InstitutDSG am HPI

Fachspezifisches Englisch (Level 2) (Wintersemester 2022/2023)

Dozent: Eleanor Anne Clark

Allgemeine Information

  • Semesterwochenstunden: 2
  • ECTS: 3
  • Benotet: Ja
  • Einschreibefrist: 01.04.2022 - 30.04.2022
  • Prüfungszeitpunkt §9 (4) BAMA-O: 15.02.2023
  • Lehrform: Seminar
  • Belegungsart: Wahlpflichtmodul
  • Lehrsprache: Englisch
  • Maximale Teilnehmerzahl: 15

Studiengänge, Modulgruppen & Module

IT-Systems Engineering BA
  • Berufsfeldspezifische Kompetenzen
    • HPI-PSK Professional Skills


Please note: The course will be combined with the other one and will be taught by Ms. Clark from January 4th, 2023 on.

Business cases from leading business schools

In a competitive marketplace, being able to successfully introduce and support a product or service is critical to success.  In this skills-based English course, students will first become familiar with the case study analysis process introduced at Harvard Business School.  Each student will then select a business case study written by one of the world’s leading business schools.  The case study will focus on the areas of software, information technology or computers, as decisionmakers face real problems as they seek to leverage their position in the marketplace.

Depending on the length of the business case study, students may choose to work alone or in a pair to analyse the case and present their results before their peers. then submit a written case study analysis.  Students will also work in small groups to give peer feedback on academic writing style, rhetorical constructions and critical thinking abilities in analysing business case studies. 

In this context, each student gains insight into the functions and responsibilities within a business, strengthens their individual English language skills, as well as practice their rhetoric, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Each student will also complete an independent study portfolio of their own creation, selecting from available online study materials to expand their vocabulary, strengthen their grammar knowledge and increase their language comprehension, as well as sharpen their writing skills.

The number of participants is limited to encourage maximally effective learning in a 90-minute weekly course offering.


The course credit has been modified due to the change of the lecturer: Final grades are now determined by performance on the oral presentation and the written paper. The overall grade is calculated from the weighting of the written paper (60%) and the grade from the oral presentation (40%).


Wednesday, 4th to 25th of January 2023 from 1:30 pm - 4:45 pm 

Wednesday, 1st and 8th of February 2023 from 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm