Area of Study
Communication, Engineering Science
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewDescriptionEngineering Communication aims to develop communication skills in an engineering workplace setting. Some of these include understanding basic principles and theories of human communication; researching within the various discipline areas that inform the study of communication; write competently in a number of different genres; performing competently in a variety of oral communication situations; understanding basic principles and practices of graphic communication; expressing engineering concepts through graphical communication; 'conversing' mathematically; leading and participating in group processes; and appreciating the central role of communication in engineering practice.Subject objectivesUpon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:1. Apply communication strategies based on the five logos used in this subject ? ?find, read, write, draw, talk? and the complexities behind these seemingly simple concepts.2. Apply the basic principles, theories and practice of interpersonal communication in an engineering context.3. Produce an engineering report (and other examples of academic writing), written in plain English, demonstrating your knowledge of referencing, synthesis of information, report formatting and the rules of plagiarism.4. Demonstrate your ability to express engineering and other concepts through graphical, mathematical and visual communication5. Use the library and internet to access information and demonstrate an ability to evaluate information for accuracy, currency and relevancy for the task at hand.6. Participate effectively in team and group processes including peer evaluation7. Perform competently in a variety of oral communication situations8. Demonstrate your understanding of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the professional engineer and the need for sustainable development through participation in the EWB Challenge program9. Reflect on your personal and professional experiences to engage in independent development.This subject also contributes specifically to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:Design components, systems and/or processes to meet required specifications [EA Stage 1 Competency: 1.3, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3] (B.2)Synthesise alternative/innovative solutions, concepts and procedures [EA Stage 1 Competency: 1.1, 3.3] (B.3)Demonstrate research skills [EA Stage 1 Competency: 1.4, 2.1] (B.6)Manage own time and processes effectively by prioritising competing demands to achieve personal goals [EA Stage 1 Competency: 3.5, 3.6] (D.1)Reflect on personal and professional experience to engage independent development beyond formal education for lifelong learning [EA Stage 1 Competency:3.3, 3.5] (D.2)Communicate effectively in ways appropriate to the discipline, audience and purpose [EA Stage 1 Competency: 3.2] (E.1)Work as an effective member or leader of diverse teams within a multi-level, multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural setting [EA Stage 1 Competency:2.4, 3.2, 3.6] (E.2)Understand cross-cultural issues (regions and workplaces) [EA Stage 1 Competency: 1.6, 3.1] (F.3)Be aware of global perspectives (needs, rules/regulations, and specifications) [EA Stage 1 Competency:1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2 , 2.3, 3.6] (F.4)Teaching and learning strategiesWeekly lecture: 60 minutes, live and onlineLectures introduce the communication strategies and principles covered in the weekly modules.Weekly tutorials: 3 hoursTutorial sessions provide students with an opportunity to explore the module topics in depth and to share learning with their peers. Students will complete in class exercises, build on knowledge of engineering communication and work in teams to develop a major project.Outside formal class:Students will participate in tutorial exercises as required, team meetings, research, online preparation and contribute to team discussion boards.ContentModule content includes the following topics:? The EWB Challenge design brief? Reading critically? Academic Writing ? Plagiarism, Referencing and Synthesis? Managing e-Communication? Effective Speaking and Listening? Team Work? Group Communication Issues? Professional Writing ? Engineering Reports? Communicating Mathematics Visually? Communicating Visually? Reflective writingAssessmentAssessment task 1: Developing as an EngineerIntent:1a Tutorial Exercises (Individual)In-class exercises and homework activities as required.This task allows you to demonstrate your development and understanding of the communication issues you will encounter an engineer. Active participation in these sessions will enable you to gain the maximum advantage of the subject.Objective(s):This assessment task addresses subject learning objectives:1, 2, 6 and 7This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:B.6, E.1 and E.2Type: ExercisesGroupwork: IndividualWeight: 15%Length:Up to 1000 word equivalentCriteria:Criteria 1 ContentCriteria 2 Written CommunicationCriteria 3 Individual ParticipationCriteria 4 Group ParticipationCriteria linkages:Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOsApplication of Theory 25 1 E.1Completeness of information in the workbook 25 1 E.1Punctuality & individual contribution to class group 25 1, 7 B.6Level of engagement with Group 25 2, 6, 7 E.2SLOs: subject learning objectivesCILOs: course intended learning outcomesAssessment task 2: Background Research Task 2a(i) Academic literature search, summary and evaluation Task 2a(ii)Individual research report Task 2b Individual oral presentationIntent:By the completion of three sub-tasks, you will have investigated and presented the background for your major project. You will have researched and evaluated information and become familiar with the context of the project under investigation. Completion of each task will allow you to contribute your ideas and research results towards your team?s design solution.All tasks under this heading are to be completed individually.Objective(s):This assessment task addresses subject learning objectives:1, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:B.6, E.1 and F.4Type: ProjectGroupwork: IndividualWeight: 30%Length:Task 2a(i) 350 wordsTask 2a(ii) 1000 wordsTask 2b 3-4 minutesCriteria:Task 2a(i)ReferencingCredibility and relevanceReading and analysisWriting and contentTask 2a (ii)ResearchReferencingContentWritten expression and presentationGraphic CommunicationTask 2bDelivery and audience engagementContentWritten outlineCriteria linkages:Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOsCorrectness of format of the referencing 15 1, 3 E.1Credibility and relevance of the source 10 3, 5 B.6Ability to express key ideas 25 1, 8 E.1Completeness of information; and quality & clarity of expression 5 1, 3 E.1Quality of structure 10 3, 5, 8 E.1Appropriateness of design solution in relation to the context 10 1, 3 F.4Quality of visual graphic communication 10 1, 4 E.1Delivery and audience engagement 15 1, 7 E.1SLOs: subject learning objectivesCILOs: course intended learning outcomesAssessment task 3: EWB Challenge Team Report and Presentation: Task 3a(i) Team project proposal (Group); Task 3a(ii) EWB project report (Group); Task 3b Oral team presentation (Group)Intent:The EWB project report is an opportunity for you to practice the principles of ?read, write, find, draw, talk? in a real life engineering setting. Your team will use the information collated in Task 2 to develop a design solution appropriate to a specific community context. You will contribute to your team?s decision making, problem solving and project development through collaborative team work. Your contribution to the team will culminate in a group engineering report and a team presentation.All tasks under this heading are to be completed in collaboration with your team.Objective(s):This assessment task addresses subject learning objectives:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:B.2, B.3, B.6, D.1, E.1, E.2, F.3 and F.4Type: ProjectGroupwork: Group, group assessedWeight: 45%Length:Task 3a (i) 300 words and two power point slidesTask 3a(ii) 2500 words (excluding title page, executive summary, contents, graphic content, reference list and appendix)Task 3b Each team member is required to contribute 3-4 minutes to the team presentation.Criteria:Task 3a (i)Problem definitionKey considerationsDesign optionsUse of Task 2 materialsCommunication strategiesTask 3a (ii)Application of technical knowledge to the specified problemIntegration of sustainable development and design context into the decision making processEffective communication and teamwork reflected in project developmentAppreciation of the complexities of working cross culturallyExpression and presentationTask 3bContentOrganisationExpression and StyleGroup workCriteria linkages:Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOsSuccinct plan 5 1, 5, 8 B.3Consideration of the context 5 5, 8 F.4Validity of justification for the design 5 1 B.2Application of Background Research 5 2 B.6Application of Communication strategies 10 1 E.1Application of technical knowledge to the specified problem 5 8 F.3, F.4Integration of sustainable development and design context into the decision making process 5 8 F.4Effective communication and teamwork reflected in project development 10 3, 4 E.2Appreciation of the complexities of working cross culturally 5 8 F.3Completeness of information; and quality & clarity of expression 15 1, 3, 4 B.3, E.1Cohesive group presentation 10 4 E.2Prioritisation of material 5 7 B.3Successful delivery of ideas and audience engagement 10 1, 2, 3, 7 E.1Effectiveness of time management 5 6 D.1SLOs: subject learning objectivesCILOs: course intended learning outcomesAssessment task 4: Reflective Writing: Written reflectionIntent:This is a compulsory in-class assessment task completed under exam conditions held in the last teaching week of the semester. The key objective is to assist you in summarising and reviewing your work during the semester. This task is your chance to write about you and your learning in the subject.Objective(s):This assessment task addresses subject learning objectives:3 and 9D.1, D.2 and E.1Type: ReflectionGroupwork: IndividualWeight: 10%Length:1000 wordsCriteria:Students will be assessed according to the following areas:Recollection of experiencesReflection on responsesDetails on what has been learntAssess future needsWritten expressionCriteria linkages:Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOsDetailed recollection of experiences 25 9 D.2Analysis of experience 25 9 D.2Consideration of future needs 25 9 D.1, D.2Completeness of information; and quality & clarity of expression 25 3 E.1SLOs: subject learning objectivesCILOs: course intended learning outcomesMinimum requirementsLectures, UTSOnline work and tutorials are compulsory and are an essential part of the learning experience in this subject. You are expected to attend and participate in all learning activities and an 80% attendance requirement applies.Students who miss more than two compulsory sessions without providing documented evidence of illness or misadventure will not be eligible for special consideration in this subject.The quality of your participation and co-operation in team work will be evaluated throughout the semester and awarded marks through Task 1.
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