MATHS 3015 - Communication Skills III
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code MATHS 3015 Course Communication Skills III Coordinating Unit School of Mathematical Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites MATHS 1012 or COMP SCI 1102 Incompatible CHEM ENG 3004, C&ENVENG 3000, ELEC ENG 3012, MECH ENG 3006 Restrictions Not available to BE students. May not be presented towards BMaSc(Adv) Course Description In the modern world skill at communicating technical concepts is sometimes just as important as having the technical skills themselves. This course develops students' skills in both the written and verbal communication of technical concepts. In addition the general communication skills that are fundamental to getting and keeping a job are taught. The course encourages student learning with a range of interesting teaching techniques including guest lecturers and workshops.
Topics covered are: The use of and benefits of using Plain English and diagrams to communicate technical concepts; why and how to report (including presentations, report writing, email, phone and person to person communication); writing job applications and preparing for technical job interviews.
Course Coordinator: Adjunct Professor David Clements
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills
2. apply these skills at all stages of application for employment
3. understand the importance of good communication in a professional environment
4. understand the importance of teamwork in a professional environment
5. understand the function of meetings
6. possess the ability to conduct and participate effectively in meetings
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
1,2,3,4,5,6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
Online LearningThis course uses MyUni exclusively for providing electronic resources, such as lecture notes, assignment papers, sample solutions, discussion boards, etc. It is recommended that the students make appropriate use of these resources.
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course relies on lectures and workshops for the delivery of the course material. Workshops supplement the lectures by providing exercises and example problems to enhance the understanding of the course material. Written assignments and presentations provide assessment opportunities for students to gauge their progress and understanding.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Activity Quantity Workload hours Lecture 11 32 Workshops 11 30 Assignments 2 40 Presentations 2 30 Tests 2 24 Total 156
Learning Activities SummaryLecture Outline
1. Plain English
2. Looking for a Job
3. Cover letter and CV
6. Oral Presentations: Preparation, Visual Aids, Delivery (3 lectures)
11. Guest speaker
1. Plain English
2. CV preparation
3. Interview preparation
4. Concept mapping
5. Workforce games
6. Presentations (2 weeks)
7. Personality Tests
9. Passive aggression
10. Presentations (2 weeks)
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Component Weighting Learning Outcomes Assessed Assignments 40% All Presentations 30% All Workshops 10% All Tests 20% All
Assessment Related RequirementsAn aggregate score of at least 50% is required to pass the course.
Assessment Item Distributed Due Date Weighting Assignment 1 Week 1 Week 4 20% Assignment 2 Week 8 Week 12 20% Presentation 1 Week 4 Week 7 15% Presentation 2 Week 8 Week 11 15% Test Week 5 Week 5 10% Test Week 10 Week 10 10% Workshops 10%
All written assignments are to be submitted to the designated hand-in boxes within the School of Mathematical Sciences with a signed cover sheet attached.
Late assignments will not be accepted.
All presentations must be submitted electronically.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
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