July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Successful engineering requires communication skills. Clear communication is necessary for selling ideas, working on teams, reporting results, and negotiating a career. While engineers do learn how to write lab reports and other technical documents, many engineering faculty do not include professional communication skills in their courses. It is often assumed that students are capable of writing professional emails, communicating with team members, keeping minutes for a meeting, or summarizing a meeting with little or no formal instruction. When communication education is included, it is included as an add-on and often only addressed at the level of proficiency of the instructors (who are typically not experts in professional communication). The purpose of this paper is to outline a multi-course effort at Michigan State University to meaningfully integrate a professional communication curriculum into their core engineering classes. The paper outlines the development of a multi-course syllabus and leveraging an existing communications education solution. Careful work is done to integrate communication education into the course objectives and curriculum rather than treating it as an add-on. Evidence of successfully achieving student outcomes is measured with student surveys and questionnaires.
Recktenwald, G., & Rubin, D. (2021, July), Creating a Communications Curriculum for the Modern Engineer Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36865
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