June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Engineering Management, Engineering Economy, and Industrial Engineering
23.1319.1 - 23.1319.8
Using Informal Oral Presentations in Engineering Classes: Training Students for the “You Got a Minute” MomentAbstractIn today’s workplace, employers expect their employees to communicate with supervisors, peers,and others in the organization through formal reports and presentations, as well as impromptumeetings and on the floor explanations. These impromptu meetings and on the floorexplanations often begin with the common phrase “you got a minute.” Through conversationswith employers, recent graduates, and returning co-op students, the author has learned that manygraduating students are not ready for these “you got a minute” moments, as they are often notaddressed in the curriculum. Either through tradition or to comply with ABET standards,Industrial Engineering programs include formal written reports and presentations as part of theircurriculum. Although these formal presentations and written reports are commonly used bypracticing Industrial Engineers, they do not prepare students for this other vital communicationskill.This paper will present examples of assignments that include these informal communicationtasks, rubrics for evaluating students, and discussion of using these assignments in fulfilling theABET standards. The examples come from three separate senior-level industrial engineeringcourses that incorporate this less formal type of communication into the curriculum. Examplesinclude surprise drop in meetings, by the client, concerning student group progress on semester-long projects in a facilities design course, explaining to operators how to operate a slightlyaltered manufacturing line in a manufacturing systems design course, and presenting a quickdemonstration of a new system to a supervisor in a material handling and warehousing course.
Kile, J. W. (2013, June), Using Informal Oral Presentations in Engineering Classes: Training Students for the “You Got a Minute” Moment Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22704
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