Engineering Communications

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Course Number: ENGRG 5000
Course Name: Engineering Communications (Online)
Course Description:    Emphasizes methods of communication in the engineering workplace, including the development and writing of proposals, technical manuals, design reports, and business presentations. Effective teamwork communication strategies for virtual and co-located project teams will be addressed.
Prerequisites:    None
Level: Graduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online

Registration Instructions

NOTE: The information below is representative of the course and is subject to change.  The specific details of the course will be available in the Desire2Learn course instance for the course in which a student registers.

Additional Information

Learning Outcomes

The course objectives are to:

  • Effectively write as a team, asynchronously, and at a distance.
  • Be able to use evidence and logic to construct an argument.
  • Effectively prepare different types of engineering documents such as journal articles, proposals, design reports, technical manuals, application notes, specifications, and patents.
  • Be able to communicate successfully through equations and symbols to a target audience.
  • Effectively incorporate graphics (tables, figures, photographs, etc.) into an engineering document.
  • Prepare and present a Power Point presentation in order to deliver technical information.

Unit Descriptions

Unit 1: Key Principles for the Writing Process

  • Communication Basics
  • Principles for Presentations and Meetings
  • Inverted-Pyramid Method Principles for Web and Other Electronic Applications
  • Assessment Principles
  • Organization Principles
  • Writing the Draft Principles
  • Revising the Draft Principles

Unit 2: Key Principles Underlying All Engineering Communications

  • Collaboration
  • Effective Design Principles

Unit 3: Key Principles for Writing at Work

  • Writing General Business Correspondence Principles
  • Writing Informal Reports Principles
  • Writing Formal Reports Principles
  • Writing Instructions Principles
  • Writing Proposals Principles

Grading Information

Your course grade will be calculated from the work you do in two discussion activities (10%), an individual writing assignment (15%), participation in practice quizzes and class surveys (15%), a group project activity (10%), a final paper (25%), and a final exam (25%).

Semester letter grades are assigned on the composite scores as follows:
A = 90 to 100%  
B = 80 to less than 90%  
C = 70 to less than 80%  
D = 60 to less than 70%
F = Less than 60%

Timely submission of tasks such as discussion homework and examinations is a must. Late submission of any task will not be accepted without prior authorization from Dr. Tom. If you expect to be late, it is your responsibility to send Dr. Tom an e-mail.

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