Engineers in the twenty-first century are required to be creative and critical professionals who can articulate appropriate solutions to a variety of engineering problems. The Communication Department offers two English-medium courses (COMM 101 and COMM 151) which aim to meet the objectives of producing well rounded, autonomous life-long learners who are able to use higher order thinking and communication skills required by such professionals.
Communication 101 (COMM 101)
This course raises student awareness of meta-cognitive and critical thinking skills in a context of humanities and social sciences. In the required research projects, students undertake both individual and team assignments that introduce them to time management tools and provide a platform for the cultivation of critical reading and writing, and presentation skills.
Prerequisite: TOEFL ≥500 and ENGL073 ≥C
Communication 151 (COMM 151)
This course develops and builds on skills learned in COMM101and focuses on the application of critical thinking and problem solving skills. Students are required to undertake two real-world academic, educational or technical projects. Project planning and time management skills are developed as students participate in seminars and work in teams to gather and share information, leading to extensive, full written reports and multi-media research presentations.
Prerequisite: COMM 101 or ENGL 101
Technical and Scientific Writing (COMM 501)
The Communication department also offers a post-graduate support course (COMM 501) in Technical and Scientific Writing. This course imparts the essential knowledge and skills of academic, technical and scientific writing. It includes an examination of academic articles in Engineering and Applied Science and drafting practice in a variety of required genres such as proposal drafting.