Technical Communication II for IEDA/ISD

Spring 2021 (3 credits)

Course Description

LANG 4032 is a three-credit, one semester core course offered to Year 3/final year students from IEDA and ISD students taking an FYP. Over one semester, students attend three hours of class and complete up to six hours of out-of-class work per week.

The course focuses on two areas:

Communication skills for IEDA/ISD projects
Students will develop effective organizational strategies and enhance their ability to use appropriate language to write the different sections of their FYP reports. They will also learn how to present information coherently and effectively in a poster presentation on their progress in the FYP.

Communication in Professional Contexts
Students will learn how audience and purpose influence the content, organization and language style of technical writing and speaking in a professional context. They will also develop their ability to write and speak about technological trends for different audiences and purposes.

Comparison of LANG 2030 and 2030(H) and LANG 4032

LANG 2030 discipline-based (all engineering students take the same course) focuses on developing students’ academic speaking and writing general topics that are important for all engineers (social responsibility & creativity)
LANG 4032 subject-based (students following an IEDA/ISD FYP take the course) focuses on developing speaking and writing skills to meet both professional and academic needs professional and academic topics drawn from IEDA/ISD

Pre-requisites for LANG 4032

LANG 2030 or LANG 2030(H). The course is open to IEDA students and ISD students undertaking a IEDA/ISD FYP.

Aims of the course: Intended Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge and Content Related
  • You can identify and address the needs and concerns of a variety of academic and professional audiences in speaking and writing.
  • You can support claims with appropriate evidence, and properly acknowledge sources.
  • You can critically analyze and discuss major issues and recent developments in your major and related professions.
  • 2. Academic Skills and Competencies
  • You can make use of appropriate organizational structures, tones and formats in written and spoken communication for different audiences and purposes.
  • You can select, summarize and synthesize information from texts in your major subject.
  • You can use accurate and fluent language (vocabulary, structures and style) relevant to communication tasks related to your fields.
  • 3. Ethical Standards
  • You can demonstrate academic integrity in course assignments.
  • 4. Vision and Orientation to the Future
  • You can recognize the need to communicate courteously and appropriately in professional contexts.

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