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Technical Communications 1 for Electrical and Computer Engineering COMM 1143

Communication Course

Course details

This course emphasizes clear, correct, concise technical communication in the electronics field. Students learn how to organize technical information, write routine emails and letters, write a resume and application letter for co-op or a summer job in the field, and give short, informative presentations to small groups.

Prerequisite(s)

  • No prerequisites are required for this course.

Credits

3.0

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Plan routine technical documents, including emails and letters, by analyzing the audience and purpose. [7]
  • Organize information to be used in routine technical documents, including emails and letters. [7]
  • Design technical documents to be accessible and easy to read. [7]
  • Write clear and easy-to-read technical documents. [7]
  • Write a resume and a job application letter for co-op or a summer job in the field. [7]
  • Present short, informative talks (technical briefing) to a small group using visual aids to enhance the presentation. [7]
  • Evaluate credibility of online and other sources for the technical briefing assignment. [3,7,12]
  • Document research sources. [10,12]
  • Use critical thinking skills (such as analyze, predict, compare and contrast) to evaluate and communicate technical messages. [7]

Engineering accreditation

The Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) oversees the accreditation of engineering programs across Canada. To measure the effectiveness of an engineering program the CEAB has identified twelve specific attributes that the graduate is expected to possess and use as the foundation to developing and advancing an engineering career. To ensure that the overall curriculum of the Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical program covers these attributes sufficiently, the learning outcomes for each course have been mapped to applicable CEAB graduate attributes.

1. A knowledge base for engineering: Demonstrated competence in university level mathematics, natural sciences, engineering fundamentals, and specialized engineering knowledge appropriate to the program.

2. Problem analysis: An ability to use appropriate knowledge and skills to identify, formulate, analyze, and solve complex engineering problems in order to reach substantiated conclusions.

3. Investigation: An ability to conduct investigations of complex problems by methods that include appropriate experiments, analysis and interpretation of data, and synthesis of information in order to reach valid conclusions.

4. Design: An ability to design solutions for complex, open-ended engineering problems and to design systems, components or processes that meet specified needs with appropriate attention to health and safety risks, applicable standards, and economic, environmental, cultural and societal considerations.

5. Use of engineering tools: An ability to create, select, apply, adapt, and extend appropriate techniques, resources, and modern engineering tools to a range of engineering activities, from simple to complex, with an understanding of the associated limitations.

6. Individual and team work: An ability to work effectively as a member and leader in teams, preferably in a multi-disciplinary setting.

7. Communication skills: An ability to communicate complex engineering concepts within the profession and with society at large. Such ability includes reading, writing, speaking and listening, and the ability to comprehend and write effective reports and design documentation, and to give and effectively respond to clear instructions.

8. Professionalism: An understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the professional engineer in society, especially the primary role of protection of the public and the public interest.

9. Impact of engineering on society and the environment: An ability to analyze social and environmental aspects of engineering activities. Such ability includes an understanding of the interactions that engineering has with the economic, social, health, safety, legal, and cultural aspects of society, the uncertainties in the prediction of such interactions; and the concepts of sustainable design and development and environmental stewardship.

10. Ethics and equity: An ability to apply professional ethics, accountability, and equity.

11. Economics and project management: An ability to appropriately incorporate economics and business practices including project, risk, and change management into the practice of engineering and to understand their limitations.

12. Life-long learning: An ability to identify and to address their own educational needs in a changing world in ways sufficient to maintain their competence and to allow them to contribute to the advancement of knowledge.

Effective as of Fall 2017

Related Programs

Technical Communications 1 for Electrical and Computer Engineering (COMM 1143) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Energy

  1. Electrical Engineering
    Bachelor of Engineering Full-time
  2. Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (Automation and Instrumentation Option)
    Diploma Full-time
  3. Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (Electrical Power and Industrial Control Option)
    Diploma Full-time
  4. Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (Telecommunications and Networks Option)
    Diploma Full-time

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