20 credits at level HE7
Increasing accountability for environmental issues will continue to affect the professional engineer for the foreseeable future. The purpose of this module is to enable engineering students to understand, develop and, where appropriate, employ effective communication strategies and practices in order to respond to the challenge of explaining and articulating the relevant responsibilities and perspectives of the engineering profession with respect to environmental issues.
As Environmental issues are of global concern and effective communication is critical, the module analyses, enhances and synthesizes elements previously covered on the course namely: verbal and non-verbal use of language, associated cultural protocols, general professional communication skills, advanced use of IT and associated technologies, business, management, engineering and environmental issues, alternative technology concepts and all relevant and associated terminology.
1. Identifying accepted conceptual and terminological definitions and understanding of Engineering and Environmental issues within the UK and beyond taking into account potential differences in interpretations, priorities and equivalence that might be inferred when presented in fora that may vary in context, perspective, format, location, size and participation by interested parties and diverse groups.
2. Advanced development and use of presentational, graphical, statistical and communication strategies and techniques to frame and convey intellectual and/or technical understanding and perspective in relation to engineering and its impact upon the environment at micro, meso and macro level locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
3. Enhanced development and use of recognized terminology and relevant vocabulary in order to articulate environmental and engineering concepts and issues that professional engineers may encounter, have to address, respond to and ultimately communicate to a wider audience.
4. Contextual understanding and appropriate application of recognized and emerging good practice at a professional level to enable: effective collegiate learning and working; clear and positive communication in face to face meetings, use of mooting, by telephone and in written format; development of appropriate presentational protocols and styles, relevant use of graphical information, technical drawings and any other appropriate media.
The teaching approach will focus on enhancement of communication skills to address environmental concerns through the development of mooting, aural skills, speech, reading, writing and application of these skills to enable successful articulation and expression for professional engineers. Formal lectures and guidance will be provided, but substantial group and individual activities will ensure that students will learn mainly by use of case studies, practical examples and practice.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Topical Speaking: be able to express and justify opinions, argue a point, contribute effectively to meetings and seminars within own area, provide presentations, participate in mooting||
Communicate effectively in advanced role-plays (e.g. simulated work meeting)
Give an oral presentation in the form of a moot
|2.||Topical Listening: be able to understand most of content of meetings within topical area, follow arguments, appreciate different perspectives, requests, guidance, recommendations and instructions.|| Report accurately and succinctly main points and detailed information of discursive and instructive dialogue.|
|3.||Topical Reading: be able to understand instructions, articles and reports within own field, understand main points of complex speech.||
Extract gist and detailed information from written text within own field of study
Accurately summarise opposing arguments and discursive text
|4.||Topical Writing: be able to deal with written requests, make appropriate notes, produce a range of correspondence at appropriate levels (e.g., emails, letters, enquiries, complaints). Be able to write with a good level of professionalism and accuracy.||
Produce a technical report that addresses environmental issues in a professional manner.
Write a professional letter from a given perspective
|5.||International and inter-cultural understanding: be able to adapt and use professional, current and sensitive language within a variety of situations and with awareness, sensitivity and understanding of potential differences of opinion.|| Evidenced through speaking and writing tasks above.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Moot||Moot||Moot and Report|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
You cannot take this module if you are taking or have taken:
|Host Subject Group:||Engineering|
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