Technical Communication II for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Spring 2021 (3 credits)

Course Description

LANG4034 is a three-credit, one semester core course offered to third-year students from Mechanical and Aerospace (MAE) engineering. Students attend three hours of class and complete up to six hours of out-of-class work per week. The course is offered in Spring semester. The course focusses on two areas:

Laboratory report writing

Students will develop effective organisational strategies and enhance their ability to use appropriate language and skills to write laboratory reports for their MAE courses; having developed an understanding of what constitutes an effective laboratory report, they will then use this knowledge to critique laboratory reports.

Communication skills for technical projects

Students will develop effective organisational strategies and enhance their ability to use appropriate language and skills to write an academic project report for MAE. They will also learn how to present information coherently, and for maximum impact on the audience, in a pitch and a presentation on an MAE design idea.

Comparison of LANG 2030 and 2030(H) and LANG 4034

LANG 2030 discipline-based (all SENG 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 4034 subject-based (only MAE students take this course) focuses on developing speaking and writing skills to meet the discipline-specific academic needs of students topics drawn from MAE

Pre-requisites for LANG 4034

LANG 2030 or LANG 2030(H)

The course is open to students from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering only. Students will take this course in Year 3, Spring Semester.

Intended Learning Outcomes

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

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