ERIC Number: ED221232
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Reference Count: 0
A Team-Taught Course Combining Freshman Composition and Introduction to Engineering.
Brillhart, L. V.; Debs, M. B.
A proposal is provided for Triton College's team-taught course combining freshman composition and engineering. After introductory material notes that the course has been taught for 6 years at Triton by a variety of English and engineering instructors, a rationale for the course stresses the need to promote understanding of the roles of engineer and information processor, the low level of young engineer's writing ability, and the fragmentation of English courses in many colleges. Next, the organization of the 16- to 18-week course is discussed and basic course activities are identified; i.e., writing a proposal, abstracts, and memoranda; interviewing an engineer; describing objects, mechanisms, and processes; preparing formal and oral reports; using graphics; doing case studies and readings; using the library; and employing problem-solving strategies. This section also outlines the concurrence of activities, the time sequence, assignments, grading, and in- and out-of-class activities. Selected features of course content are then discussed, including the steps involved in writing assignments: identifying the subject; generating information; developing a controlling idea; analyzing, categorizing, and sequencing information; analyzing the audience; using the appropriate format; and proofreading. In addition, the paper discusses pre- and post-testing, oral communication, ethics, and vocabulary development. The tentative syllabus is appended. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Freshman Composition