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									MECH 290:
Engineering Communications

   Lecturer and Tutor:
    Mark Siemonsen, P. Eng., MBA, B. Ed.

   Tutor:
    Jennifer Lee, B. Sc., PhD
Course Summary
   MECH 290 is designed to develop professional
    communications skills needed for success in
    your academic career and in the practice as a
    professional engineer
   Students will practice writing various
    documents: proposals, technical articles,
    business correspondence, etc
   Students will practice oral presentations in a
    variety of business settings
   Tutorials will be conducted as business
Communications in
   Estimated 33% - 50%+ of time in the
    workplace is spent on communications
   e.g. daily email correspondence, report
    writing, report presentation, document
    research, proposal preparation,
   Scope of communicating skills increases
    with increased responsibility as career
    moves forward.
      Required Textbook
   M.P. Jordan, The Language of Technical
    Communication: A Practical Guide for
    Engineering Technologists and
    Technicians. 2nd rev. ed. Kingston, Ontario:
    Quarry Press, 2000
   Textbook referred to as LTC on website
       CHEE Connections
   Delivered in connection with engineering content
    courses MECH 212, 213, 215 (co-requisite)
   Some assignments may derive from these courses
    and be graded twice:
      MECH 212 grade for engineering content

      a separate MECH 290 grade for engineering

     Course Objectives
   Write a variety of common technical documents using
    appropriate in tone, structure, fluent style, concise, and

   Master basic English spelling, punctuation, grammar

   Read efficiently and critically contemporary engineering
    articles, papers, and reports

   Understand the value of technical writing

   Learn basic history of technical writing from Vitruvius
    and Frontinus through DaVinci
     Course Objectives
   Write using creative problem-solving skills, critical
    thinking, and ethical judgment.

   Respect the value of intellectual property
   Understand the legal meaning of plagiarism and
   Proper documentation of research

   Conscious of sexism and political correctness in
    choosing words.

   Learn the professional publishing procedures,
    standards, formats, and style sheets of The Chemical
    Institute of Canada (CIC) and The Canadian Journal of
    Chemical Engineering publications.
    Course Objectives
   Learn basic rhetorical theory and practice from the
    classical era to modern times.

   Prepare and deliver oral presentations of technical
    information in informal and formal business settings,
   Creating poster presentations and using standard
    presentation programs and equipment, such as

   Conduct formal business meetings according to Robert’s
    Rules of Order, as well as informal meetings. Students
    will be assigned the task of chairing a meeting, making
    a presentation, and taking minutes
   All assignments must be completed to pass the
   Some done in lecture or during tutorial sessions
   Grading done by lecturer or tutor
   Grading rubrics will be used and assignment will be
    based on 5 ‘Cs’ of communication: Context,
    Coherence, Continuity, Conciseness, Correctness
   Cumulative Skills grading
   Late assignments will lose 10% of the grade per day
   1 weekly lecture (1 to 2hrs) during
    Weeks 1-3 and 7-9 of each term
   Follows content of required
   ‘real life’ examples used to support
    theoretical discussions
   1 weekly tutorial (2hrs) during Weeks
    4-6 and 10-12 of each term
   Sessions conducted as business
    meetings with formal agendas and
    minutes taken by students
   Dedicated to help students with major
    assignments in small groups and for
    oral presentations
   Attendance will be taken
   Must be submitted in hard copy
   Use proper cover page and report
    format as described

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