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Critical Communication for Engineers (CCE) addresses the skills vital for professional success. Problem analysis skills and being able to present solutions effectively to your engineering peers, leaders and the broader community are a powerful combination. These are the focus of CCE.
They are challenging skills to learn—and you will likely work to improve them throughout your career. Effective communication is not merely about how to write a report or to give a formal presentation. Developing a strong argument—having something insightful to communicate—is essential for capturing the attention of an audience. This requires developing good interpersonal skills for gathering information and testing ideas.
The subject is divided into four ‘topics’ presented in sequence through the semester. Each topic is self-contained and dedicated to a different engineering issue. There is an assessment for each topic, meaning that you will be able to apply what you have learned from one topic to the following topics. This way, you will have a lot of opportunities to practise and develop your analytical and communication skills.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject the student is expected to:
- Work effectively in a small team, including evaluating peer and team performance
- Identify and define a challenge in engineering
- Research solutions to an engineering problem
- Evaluate solutions against agreed criteria
- Argue for appropriate action in an engineering controversy
- Present information orally and in writing.
- Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large
- Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, as a team leader or manager as well as an effective team member
- Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
- Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance
- Understanding of social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities and the need to employ principles of sustainable development
- Ability to manage information and documentation
- Capacity for lifelong learning and professional development.
Last updated: 10 November 2023