ENG 3003 - Engineering Communication EAL

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

This course provides development of the critical thinking skills necessary to analyse and evaluate academic texts, and the language skills to prepare and present findings. Class work and assignments are designed to develop students? communication skills appropriate to the study of engineering and do so through the use of materials that focus on issues related to engineering professional practice. Tasks relate to research and the preparation of evidence-based papers appropriate to academic and professional settings, as well as informal academic group discussion and formal seminar presentation.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENG 3003
    Course Engineering Communication EAL
    Coordinating Unit Engineering, Computer Sc & Math Faculty Admin
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible MATHS 3015 or ENG 3002 or CHEM ENG 1010 & CHEM ENG 2016
    Restrictions Compulsory for non-English language background international students doing an Engineering degree program via a Foundation Studies Program, or with an English language score for admission, or not required or unable to do CHEM ENG 1010 + CHEM ENG 2016.
    Assessment Written assignments, oral presentations, homework tasks and tests
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Catherine Irving

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On completion of this course, students should be able to:

    1. understand some of the ways in which social and professional context shapes language features and communication

    2. identify and begin to apply the language features of academic and professional writing and speaking

    3. locate appropriate sources of information toward assignments

    4. critically read and interpret information in the development of a point of view

    5. develop and formally present evidence-based points of view, both orally and in writing

    6. participate in class and group discussions, and present ideas to class colleagues in informal oral presentations.

    7. have an appreciation of the issues related to engineering professional practice covered during the course.

    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 7
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    3, 4, 5, 6
    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, 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
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1, 6
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Course Notes:   these are essential and are available from the Image and Copy Centre. Purchase through the online shop and collect from Hughes Building, Level 1.
    A good Australian or English English/English dictionary (for example, Macquarie, Oxford, Collins).

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    1 x 1 hour lecture per week and 1 x 2 hour workshop per week

    Note:    due to the interactive learning approach taken in this course, students are strongly advised to attend all lectures and workshops in order to perform well enough to pass the course.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The required time commitment for this 3 unit course is 12 hours attendance at lectures and 24 hours attendance at workshops. As a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements, it is suggested that students need to do 48 hours of self
    directed learning and that 60 hours will be needed to complete assignments.

    Learning Activities Summary
    The 50 minute lectures introduce and explore communication topics, with an emphasis on general principles and applicability to academic and professional engineering practice.  The 2 hour workshops are interactive and aim to assist students to develop confidence and skills in critical thinking and English discussion, to promote the sharing of strategies during practice writing sessions, to develop oral language skills and to analyse and discuss ideas about issues in engineering. 

    Language issues covered in the lectures and workshops include the following topics.

    Variations in language formality and appropriateness for different communicative purposes are introduced:
    - identification of different registers evidenced through English language features of academic and professional engineering communication
    - practice in the use of formal and semi-formal academic registers appropriate to academic writing and speaking in engineering.

    Writing paragraphs and discussion papers
    A basic overview of features, structure and functions of these core elements of written communication is provided, including:
    - developing a focus and point of view
    - the form of a proposition
    - topic sentences; issue and argument development; closing statements
    - strategies for cohesive writing, including organisation and sequencing of ideas
    - identifying the differences between analysis, interpretation and summary in written texts.

    Self-editing of written work
    Essential principles and structures of English grammar are reviewed and reinforced.  Strategies for review and correction of written English texts are developed.

    Using and integrating evidence
    The following are introduced and explained:
    - the University policy on plagiarism and academic integrity
    - the use of evidence in academic communication, including evaluation of source reliability, use of figures and tables, strategies for effective citation in texts and oral presentations, and citation conventions
    - sourcing relevant texts
    - annotated bibliography writing
    - critical evaluation of texts.

    Oral discussion and presentation
    Workshops and assessment provide opportunities for:
    - group problem-solving and group presentation of ideas
    - individual extemporaneous and prepared oral presentation of ideas
    - identifying features of effective academic seminars, including video observation of model presentations
    - effective use of PowerPoint
    - formal oral presentations.

    Library orientation and research skills
    The engineering librarian provides a practical session on types and locations of engineering resources in the library and database

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    There are 5 compulsory assignments, all of which are summative. Written assignments comprise 50% and oral presentations 32%.
    In addition, a range of assessment tasks worth 18% are set. Details of each task are tabulated below.

    Assessment task Weighting %     Description Due date Learning objectives
    (See above)                    
    Assignment 1
    Oral Report     
    12 Oral Presentation as in MyUni 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Assignment 2
    15 Written paragraph as in MyUni 1, 2, 4, 5, 7
    Assignment 3
    Research Summary
    15 Summary
    of research for Assignments 4 & 5
    as in MyUni 1, 2, 3, 4, 7
    Assignment 4
    Formal Oral Presentation
    20 Seminar Presentation as in MyUni 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
    Assignment 5
    Research Essay
    20 Essay as in MyUni 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
    Assessment Tasks 18 Tests and tasks as set out in MyUni in relation to grammar, referencing, register and reflection. as in MyUni 1, 2

    Assessment Related Requirements

    To pass the course:

    - Assignments 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 must be submitted

    - a Library Research Session with the Engineering Librarian must be attended (sessions are scheduled during workshop times).
    Assessment Detail

    Assignment 1: a 3 minute oral presentation delivered in the scheduled workshop time on a set topic.

    Assignment 2: a 250-300 word written paragraph on the same topic as for Assignment 1.

    Assignment 3: a summary of research conducted in relation to Assignments 4 and 5, in the form of an annotated bibliography.

    Assignment 4: a 6 minute formal oral presentation delivered in the scheduled workshop time on a topic related to that of Assignments 1 and 2, and based on the individual student’s research.

    Assignment 5: a written assignment of 1000-1200 words on a topic related to that of Assignments 1 and 2, and based on the  individual student’s research.

    Assessment Tasks: tests and other tasks designed to assist with assignments 1-5.

    Submission requirements for each assignment are set out in MyUni.

    The online assessment tasks are done through MyUni, and submission after the due date is automatically rejected.

    Assignments 1 and 4 are oral presentations delivered to an audience of classmates. The supporting PowerPoint must be submitted to MyUni, as directed in MyUni, and a paper copy of the PowerPoint must be provided to the lecturer at the time of the presentation.

    Assignments 1-5 are MyUni Turnitin Assignments; assignments must be submitted through MyUni and will be checked by Turnitin (plagiarism detecting software). Hard copies of Assignments 2, 3 and 5 must also be submitted to the Engineering Communication
    box in Ingkarni Wardli, Level 3.

    Cover sheets
    All assignments submitted as a hard copy (including the PowerPoints for Assignments 1 and 4) must be accompanied by a signed Engineering Communication EAL cover sheet available from MyUni. The cover sheet contains a declaration regarding academic honesty; without this signed declaration, an assignment does not have to be marked.

    Late penalties
    Late assignments are penalised by one mark per day including week-ends. Extensions for assignments are only given in exceptional circumstances. A request for an extension with supporting documentation (for example, a medical certificate) can be made in writing as hard copy or via email to the workshop lecturer.

    Assignments will be assessed and returned in time for students to apply the feedback relevant to the next assignment.

    Assignments may not be resubmitted.

    Course Grading

    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.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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  • Policies & Guidelines
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