Engineering Communication

UTS

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Engineering Communication

  • Host University

    UTS

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Communication, Engineering Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    6
  • Overview

    Description
    Engineering 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 objectives
    Upon 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 communication
    5. 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 evaluation
    7. Perform competently in a variety of oral communication situations
    8. 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 program
    9. 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 strategies
    Weekly lecture: 60 minutes, live and online
    Lectures introduce the communication strategies and principles covered in the weekly modules.
    Weekly tutorials: 3 hours
    Tutorial 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.
    Content
    Module 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 writing
    Assessment
    Assessment task 1: Developing as an Engineer
    Intent:
    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 7
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
    B.6, E.1 and E.2
    Type: Exercises
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 15%
    Length:
    Up to 1000 word equivalent
    Criteria:
    Criteria 1 Content
    Criteria 2 Written Communication
    Criteria 3 Individual Participation
    Criteria 4 Group Participation
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Application of Theory 25 1 E.1
    Completeness of information in the workbook 25 1 E.1
    Punctuality & individual contribution to class group 25 1, 7 B.6
    Level of engagement with Group 25 2, 6, 7 E.2
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 2: Background Research Task 2a(i) Academic literature search, summary and evaluation Task 2a(ii)Individual research report Task 2b Individual oral presentation
    Intent:
    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 8
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
    B.6, E.1 and F.4
    Type: Project
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 30%
    Length:
    Task 2a(i) 350 words
    Task 2a(ii) 1000 words
    Task 2b 3-4 minutes
    Criteria:
    Task 2a(i)
    Referencing
    Credibility and relevance
    Reading and analysis
    Writing and content
    Task 2a (ii)
    Research
    Referencing
    Content
    Written expression and presentation
    Graphic Communication
    Task 2b
    Delivery and audience engagement
    Content
    Written outline
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Correctness of format of the referencing 15 1, 3 E.1
    Credibility and relevance of the source 10 3, 5 B.6
    Ability to express key ideas 25 1, 8 E.1
    Completeness of information; and quality & clarity of expression 5 1, 3 E.1
    Quality of structure 10 3, 5, 8 E.1
    Appropriateness of design solution in relation to the context 10 1, 3 F.4
    Quality of visual graphic communication 10 1, 4 E.1
    Delivery and audience engagement 15 1, 7 E.1
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment 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 8
    This 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.4
    Type: Project
    Groupwork: Group, group assessed
    Weight: 45%
    Length:
    Task 3a (i) 300 words and two power point slides
    Task 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 definition
    Key considerations
    Design options
    Use of Task 2 materials
    Communication strategies
    Task 3a (ii)
    Application of technical knowledge to the specified problem
    Integration of sustainable development and design context into the decision making process
    Effective communication and teamwork reflected in project development
    Appreciation of the complexities of working cross culturally
    Expression and presentation
    Task 3b
    Content
    Organisation
    Expression and Style
    Group work
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Succinct plan 5 1, 5, 8 B.3
    Consideration of the context 5 5, 8 F.4
    Validity of justification for the design 5 1 B.2
    Application of Background Research 5 2 B.6
    Application of Communication strategies 10 1 E.1
    Application of technical knowledge to the specified problem 5 8 F.3, F.4
    Integration of sustainable development and design context into the decision making process 5 8 F.4
    Effective communication and teamwork reflected in project development 10 3, 4 E.2
    Appreciation of the complexities of working cross culturally 5 8 F.3
    Completeness of information; and quality & clarity of expression 15 1, 3, 4 B.3, E.1
    Cohesive group presentation 10 4 E.2
    Prioritisation of material 5 7 B.3
    Successful delivery of ideas and audience engagement 10 1, 2, 3, 7 E.1
    Effectiveness of time management 5 6 D.1
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 4: Reflective Writing: Written reflection
    Intent:
    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 9
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
    D.1, D.2 and E.1
    Type: Reflection
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 10%
    Length:
    1000 words
    Criteria:
    Students will be assessed according to the following areas:
    Recollection of experiences
    Reflection on responses
    Details on what has been learnt
    Assess future needs
    Written expression
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Detailed recollection of experiences 25 9 D.2
    Analysis of experience 25 9 D.2
    Consideration of future needs 25 9 D.1, D.2
    Completeness of information; and quality & clarity of expression 25 3 E.1
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Minimum requirements
    Lectures, 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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