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2014 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE) (2014)
Madrid, Spain
Oct. 22, 2014 to Oct. 25, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4799-3922-0
pp: 1-8
Ronald S. Harichandran , Tagliatela College of Engineering University of New Haven West Haven, CT 06516, USA
Jean Nocito-Gobel , Tagliatela College of Engineering University of New Haven West Haven, CT 06516, USA
Eric Brisart , Tagliatela College of Engineering University of New Haven West Haven, CT 06516, USA
Nadiye O. Erdil , Tagliatela College of Engineering University of New Haven West Haven, CT 06516, USA
Michael A. Collura , Tagliatela College of Engineering University of New Haven West Haven, CT 06516, USA
Samuel B. Daniels , Tagliatela College of Engineering University of New Haven West Haven, CT 06516, USA
W. David Harding , Tagliatela College of Engineering University of New Haven West Haven, CT 06516, USA
David J. Adams , Technical Communications Consultant, 4021 Ellendale Road, Moreland Hills, OH 44022, USA
ABSTRACT
The Project to Integrate Technical Communication Habits (PITCH) is being implemented in the Tagliatela College of Engineering at the University of New Haven across seven engineering and computer science undergraduate programs. PITCH develops written, oral and visual communication skills in students starting in the very first semester and continuing through all four years of each program. Communication instruments encompass technical memoranda, poster presentations, oral presentations, laboratory reports, proposals, and senior design reports, including the use of tables and graphics in each. Advice tables, annotated sample assignments and grading rubrics are being developed for each instrument to assist students in their work and facilitate consistency in instruction and assessment across multiple instructors teaching different course sections. Within each of the seven programs, specific courses that span all four years are targeted for implementation and assessment of technical communication skills. The different communication instruments are distributed across courses as appropriate, and the skills are developed at deeper and deeper levels as students progress through the years. A critical feature of the project is that technical communication skills are integrated into the content of regular engineering courses and are taught by regular engineering faculty.
INDEX TERMS
Educational institutions, Writing, Conferences, Guidelines, Computer science, Renewable energy sources,professional skills, technical communication, curriculum
CITATION
Ronald S. Harichandran, Jean Nocito-Gobel, Eric Brisart, Nadiye O. Erdil, Michael A. Collura, Samuel B. Daniels, W. David Harding, David J. Adams, "A comprehensive engineering college-wide program for developing technical communication skills in students", 2014 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), vol. 00, no. , pp. 1-8, 2014, doi:10.1109/FIE.2014.7044018
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