ERIC Number: ED258215
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Matter of Chemical Engineering (On Teaching an Intensive Course in Technical Communication for Undergraduates).
Sullivan, Ralda M.
Because the ability to write reports and make oral presentations is crucial to success, the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of California (Berkeley) has set up an in-house, required course that is given every semester to about 60 students. Divided into three sections, one of which is for non-native speakers of English, the course is graded on a pass/not pass basis, and the only route to exemption is a tough exam that only about 2 percent of the students pass. Activities are organized around three concepts. First, a professional context is developed. Next, change is fostered by interlocking assignments. Third, students take responsibility for their own verbal development. The teacher is the manager of course material for each student and for the group, modifying the context to facilitate each student's development. As in all communication situations, there must be an observing, responding, and shaping of intelligence. (DF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (36th, Minneapolis, MN, March 21-23, 1985).