ENG 3003 - Engineering Communication EAL

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021

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 2
    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 successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 recognise the social and professional contexts that shape language features and communication
    2 identify and begin to apply the language features of academic and professional writing and speaking
    3 locate reliable and relevant sources of information for assignments
    4 critically read and interpret information in the development of a point of view
    5 formulate and present evidence-based points of view, both orally and in writing
    6 participate in class and group discussions, and engage in extemporaneous and prepared presention of ideas
    7 analyse issues related to engineering professional practice.

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.5   1.6   3.1   3.2   3.3   3.4   3.5   

    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).

    Recommended Resources
    Grammar texts

    While useful online resources are available to assist with grammar and vocabulary (for example, the British Council website), we highly recommend that you buy a good English grammar text book.

    Suggested texts:

    Swan, M 2005, Practical English Usage, 3rd edn, University of Oxford Press, Oxford.

    Hogue, A 2003, The essentials of English: a writer's handbook, Longman, White Plains, New York.

    Both these books are available in the Barr Smith Library.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    1 x 1 hour lecture per week and 1 x 2 hour workshop per week

    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. 
  • 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 35%. In addition, a range of (mainly online) assessment tasks worth 15% are set.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Genuine attempts of Assignments 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 must be submitted in order to pass the course.
    Assessment Detail

    Assignment 1: Argument development
    A written assignment focussing on the skills of analysis, interpretation and paraphrasing, based on material for use in Assignments 2-5.
    Assignment 2: 
    A 3 minute oral presentation delivered in the scheduled workshop time on a set topic.

    Assignment 3:
    A 250-300 word written paragraph on the same topic as for Assignment 2.

    Assignment 4: 
    A 6 minute formal oral presentation delivered in the scheduled workshop time on a topic related to that of Assignments 2 and 3, and based on the individual student’s research.

    Assignment 5:
    A written assignment of 1000-1200 words on the same topic as Assignment 4, and based on the individual student’s research.

    Assessment Tasks:
    Online tests and a Library Task designed to assist with assignments 1-5.

    Submission requirements for each assignment and task are set out in MyUni.

    No resubmissions are permitted.
    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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