GE2410 English for Engineering – Course Introduction

This page contains an outline of the course intended learning outcomes (CILOs) of GE2410, along with some information on its implementation, activieties, assessment, methodology, etc. The basic idea is that most learning activities and assessment revolve around one common theme in the form of a project that links the activities together. The topics for this project will be distributed in the first session, where you will also form groups that jointly develop the project, with each team member being assigned responsibilities for investigating and reporting on one or more sub-topics.

Reading, Referencing & Summarising Skills (2 wks; weight. 1.5)

Aim: Identify various reading skills and apply them in reading, summarising and referencing literature on engineering and other related disciplines.

Associated activities:

Background materials: Topics for reading and summarising activities are – as far as possible – provided by the parent departments to provide realistic scenarios.

Technical Presentation Skills (2 wks; weight. 1.5)

Aim: Identify various skills of technical presentation and apply them in conducting short technical presentations, based on information extracted from readings.

Associated activities:

Assessment will take the form of a 5-10 minute presentation on one of the sub-topics of the project that also demonstrates an appropriate use of the acquired referencing skills by including both in-text references and a list of end-text references.

Technical Discussion Skills (4 wks; weight. 3)

Aim: Identify technical discussion skills and apply these in planning and conducting simulated technical discussions characteristic of those that may go on in engineering firms.

Associated activities:

For assessment of the acquired skills, students will be evaluated on their group participation, as well as a short summary of the project to be submitted individually. This summary should also include the Gantt chart and a suitable discussion thereof.

Understanding & Writing Reports (3 wks; weight. 2)

Aim: Identify and compare the structures and language characteristics of various types of reports, focussing mainly on incident reports, and applying this knowledge in writing one of the latter.

Associated activities:

Assessment: Each student produces an incident report by applying the knowledge gained in the related TLAs. The report will be assessed in terms of its content, structure, coherence and language use.

Understanding & Writing Business Correspondence (2 wks; weight. 1)

Aim: Identify the text structures and language features characteristic of business correspondence, and apply them in producing a business letter.

Associated activities:

Assessment: Students will produce a business letter, based on the results of the previous activities, and by applying the textual features learnt.

Participation in TLAs (ongoing; weight. 1)

Students need to participate actively in all TLAs. Their attendance, punctuality, and participation in TLAs, using English, are assessed.