ERIC Number: ED239287
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Communication Courses for Engineering Students.
Bruckmann, Clive G.
Evidence from studies in South Africa and Britain indicates a lack of consensus on whether communication studies should be taught in the engineering curriculum, who should teach it, how or when it should be taught, and what should be taught. Those planning communication courses must understand both engineering rhetoric and professional and student needs. They must consider the type of organization required, the teaching methods used, the timing of the course, and the curriculum content. While no sure recipe for a successful course exists, those planning communications courses for engineering students need to remember that (1) technical communication is part of the wider discipline of communication studies; (2) engineering communication is a rhetoric that has its own special situations, modes, media, and strategies; (3) many teachers have no basic training in the rhetoric of engineering; (4) communication is not a subject that can be taught effectively by lecturing to large groups; (5) group teaching with adequate provision for written and oral assignments is essential; (6) the students' stage of development will determine the skills that can be taught effectively; (7) course content should be relevant to needs; and (8) cooperation of the engineering faculty is essential. (HTH)
Descriptors: Cooperation, Curriculum Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Research, Engineering Education, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Speech Communication, Speech Curriculum, Technical Education, Technical Writing
Not available separately; see CS 208 075.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Technical Communication