Engineering Communications

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
Program: Master of Science in Engineering
Master of Science in Integrated Supply Chain Management

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 textbooks, commentary, and notes provided in this course, have been selected to help you understand the principles and the tools needed to achieve purposeful engineering communications.

At the completion of this engineering communications writing course, students should have developed or strengthened their abilities to think critically, write professionally, edit competently, create strategic visuals, and present well in person.

Upon completion of this course, you should be able 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.) in an engineering document.
  • Prepare and present a PowerPoint presentation to deliver technical information.

Unit Descriptions
Course Organization and Assignment Descriptions

Unit 1: The Writing Process
To develop an understanding of your relationship to your audience and to develop communication strategies accordingly, the course starts with a look at general business communications and meetings.

The assigned readings guide you through the steps of planning and organizing, with a focus on contexts and practices, to develop clear, concise, and uncomplicated yet distinctive workplace writing.

The assigned readings will also guide you through the steps of drafting, and revising, with a focus on contexts and practices, to develop clear, concise, and uncomplicated yet distinctive workplace writing.

Unit 2: Essential Skills
To help you develop additional communication skills essential to workplace writing. The assigned readings include advice on how to peer-review and edit shared documents.

Then, to help you develop additional communication skills essential to workplace writing, additional assigned readings offers concrete advice and examples for creating effective visuals and integrating them into documents and presentations.

Unit 3: Writing at Work

In this unit, the assigned readings help you apply the skills learned in Units 1 and 2 to many types of writing and communications required in the workplace. Unit 3 discusses five specific communication situations.

  • Writing Business Correspondence
  • Writing Informal Reports
  • Writing Proposals
  • Writing Formal Reports
  • Writing Instructions
Grading Scale
A 93% - 100%
A- 90% - 92%
B+ 87% - 89%
B 83% - 86%
B- 80% - 82%
C+ 77% - 79%
C 73% - 76%
C- 70% - 72%
D+ 67% - 69%
D 63% - 68%
D- 60% - 62%
F 0% - 59%


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