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Unformatted text preview: THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN ME 333T Engineering Communication Fall 2009 COURSE DESCRIPTION AND SYLLABUS INSTRUCTOR: TAs — Office ETC 4.158 Office Hours W» Moore Th 1:30-4 jvaught@,mail.utexas.edu Elissa Underwood W 3 - 6 ehristvma’umgi].utcxas.cdu ()l'lice: ETC 5. I40 471-4478 elissaundcrwoodfigmail.eom — Office Hours: 'l‘h 1:30 — 4:30 OBJECTIVES Professional engineers are often surprised to discover the importance of writing. reading. and making oral presentations to their success. Mechanical Engineering 3331' is an upper division communications course that focuses on helping engineering students develop effective written and oral communication skills with a focus on the following areas: ° gathering. organizing. and evaluating data; 0 drafting. composing, and revising written documents; 0 making effective oral presentations; 0 understanding. analyzing. and composing effective arguments; and ° understanding the social and global impact of engineering communication, research. and practice. l’his semester. we will be thinking about and discussing ways that engineers can impact public policy through effective communication. l’REREQUlSITES Rhetoric 306 and admission to an appropriate major sequence are the prerequisites for this course. Students entering this course should have a basic understanding of English grammar and composition. As a required course for all Mechanical Engineering students, ME 333T fulfills part ofthe University‘s substantial writing component requirement and is a prerequisite for ME 366]. TEXTS RE UIREI) I Ruszkiewicz. Joint R.. Friend, (1. and I'lairston. M. (2008) .S'l"("mnpcwt (2nd ed.) Upper Saddle River. NJ: Prentice Hall. ' The PRIME (fro/esxinnul £espmtsihilflr Modules in Engineering) Learning Modules (2005) mun \m .engtzutevisetluWethicst‘printeittgwgefm. Austin. TX: University of Texas. 2005. RECOMMENDED ° Alley. Michael. ( [996) The Craft of .S‘u'cmific Writing (3“1 ed). Springer—Verlag. I996. 0 Strunk. William. (l9l8) Elements q/‘Srvle http://n gig-ohm!lfiggdui’aeisfbartlelnjsgtwirkngeneva. NY: Humphrey. CLASS FORMAT Both the content in this course and the learning process are a little different from many of your other courses. We will engage in class discussion. exercises involving small groups. and both formal and informal oral presentations. We encourage your respectful contribution to class discussion in both the lecture section and the workshop. ATTENDANCE Attendance in lecture and workshop is required. Due to the collaborative nature ofthis class. your participation is necessary for its success. If you miss a class, you are responsible for all material covered that day. Unexcused absences. habitual lateness, or early departure may lower your grade. If you have more than four unexcused absences. your final grade will be lowered five points. ASSIGNMENTS Homework, Peer Critiques, and Workshop Assignments Homework will include short responses to the readings or films and other exercises. In-class assignments will include peer critiques, collaborative presentations, and writing exercises. These assignments will be calculated as a percentage ol‘your workshop grade. For some assignments in this class you will write drafts and submit those drafts to other students in the class for peer review. The peer critiquing sessions are an essential pan of this class. We expect you to take your responsibility to the other writers in the class seriously. If you do not bring a draft to workshop on the days we are doing peer critiques, you will not be allowed to write a peer critique. These assignments and your participation in class discussion will constitute IS % of your grade. Major Communication Assignments The other 85% of your grade will be based on the following assignments: ° Leadership Presentation; 0 Evaluation of group collaboration; ° Memo requesting approval of your research topic with an annotated bibliography; ' Debate; ' Policy Proposal — l‘l iteration; ° Policy Proposal — Revised; 0 Formal Presentation of Policy Proposal. Due dates for the major assignments are listed in the class syllabus below. Note: There is no final in this class. GRADING Your course grade will be based on an average of your grades on written assignments and oral presentations. To pass the course. you must submit all major assignments before semester's end. We will not give any incompletes. Final course grades will be weighted as follows: Leadership Presentation 05% Evaluation of Group Collaboration | 0% Memo with bibliography l0% Debate 10% Policy Proposal (first iteration) l5% Revised Policy Proposal (final version) l5% Formal Presentation of Policy Proposal 20% Homework. Peer Critiques, and WorkshOp Assignments 15% Your Homework, Peer Critiques, and Workshop Assignments grade will be based on the quality ofyour peer reviews. participation in class discussion, group exercises. and your performance on homework and other assignments. When an assignment is returned, please read our comments carefully. If you have questions about those comments. please see your TA first. LATE ASSIGNMENTS If you are unable to meet a particular due date on a formal written assignment. you may request a two-day extension. This concession applies only to major written assignments: it does not apply to oral presentations. drafts. homework. peer critiques, or quizzes. You may not tnake this request more than once during the semester. so use itjudiciously. To request an extension, you must write a formal memo stating the reason you are requesting an extension. You must give or e-mail the memo to your TA and me at least 24 hours before the assignment is due. If we agree to the extension. you mgst honor the amended due date and turn the assignment in within two days of the original due date. if you do not, I will lower your grade on that assignment 20 points. The same penalty will apply if you fail to turn in your assignment on the due date without requesting an extension. Plagiarism You must acknowledge any source you quote. paraphrase, or summarize, and any work you do on an assignment must be your own or your team’s. Plagiarism can result in a failing grade for the course and a note to the dean. We will discuss plagiarism in more detail throughout the semester. For more on UT’s policy on scholastic dishonesty. please see htl i:f/deanot‘students.utexascduz’s's/scholdis. .h ). IMPORTANT DATES: September I l: Last day to add a course; last day to drop with refund September 23: Last day to drop without academic penalty March 30: Last day to drop or withdraw with the Dean’s approval SPECIAL NOTES: The University ofTexas at Austin provides upon request appropriate academic adjustments for qualified students with disabilities. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 47 l -6259. 471 -464| TDD or the College ot‘Engineering Director of Students with Disabilities at 471-432]. UNDERGRADUATE WRITING CENTER (UWC) The UWC is an excellent resource for students who want to improve their writing. Students can bring their assignments to the center, with or without an appointment, and work with a consultant on any aspect of their writing. from brainstorming to developing and organizing an argument. to learning conventions of usage and punctuation. The services are free. The UWC is located in Flawn Academic Center (FAC 2| I). Phone: 471-6222/ Email: Milly) n’a‘suts.cc.ute>\as.edtt{ URL: http://www.uwc.fac.utexas.edu UT Learning Center The center helps with language development and writing and study skills. It is located in Jester Center (A332). Phone: 47l-3614 CONFERENCES Your TAs and Ms. Moore will hold office hours weekly. We encourage you to come to us with questions and concerns about the class and the assignments. If the scheduled times are inconvenient, we are available by appointment. ME 333T Engineering Communication Syllabus Fall 2009 Introduction to READINGS Read “'l‘hinkino Like an Elwineer" by Michael Davis Engineering http://www.iit.erlu/departmettts/csep/pltl)lication/md_te. In-class Communication lmnl Diagnostic lN WS essay In class diagnostic essay responding to the reading. No outside preparation necessary except to read the Michael Davis article and the ABET Fundamental Canons. Leadership. READINGS I. “On Leadership" by John Gardner (posted Defining Collaboration. electronically) Ethical and Professional 2. PRiME Module on Det‘ininU Ethical Leadership Leadership Ethics http://wwwengr.utcxas.edulethicslleaderllesson Ilindex .cl’m ' The Challenge (Jack and Susan scenario) Group work ° Gatlter Multiple. Perspectives (GMP) Read on leadership Readin 51!] .2a. 2b. 2c. 2d. 3a. 3 presentation DUE lN WS HW: PRiME Module on Defining Ethical Leadership — Res 0nd to Generate Ideas (GI). Leadership. READING l. PRiME Module on Buffalo Creek Criteria for Collaboration. ' Challenge PRiME Buffalo Creek (by Monday) evaluating and Professional - Gather Multiple Perspectives: “The Role of the leaders Ethics Engineer“ by T. Jones (by Wed.) ' Research and Revise: NSPE Code of Ethics Group work 3. SF Compact ( SF) Ch 2 “How Do You Find & on leadership Ex Iore a To ic?" presentation DUE FOR MONDAY: PRiME Module on Buffalo Creek: Res 0nd to Generate Ideas Leadership. REA DING PRiME Module on Defining Ethical Leadership Leadership Collaboration, ' Research and Revise Readin s 4 and 5 Presentations and Professional DUE IN WS Leadership Presentations Ethics Memo and READING l. PRiME Evaluating Sources: Brainstorm Annnotatcd 0 Challenge (Bhopal) and evaluate Bibliography] ' Selections from Gather Multiple Perspectives t0pics Credible 2. SF Ch.40 “How Do You Evaluate Sources?" 3. SF Ch. 45 APA Style DUE FOR WEDNESDAY HW: Grade and mark sample memos Memo and READING l . SF Ch. 7 “Read and Think Critically" Library Annnotatcd 2. SF Part V. Grammar workshop Bibliography/ Credible DUE FOR WED Sources PRiME Module Evaluating Web Sources: Fill out rubric on sources about Bhopal. lN WS: Begin Research Journal in Noodlebib. Locate 3 sources and summarize. Sources Paraphrasi n g & quoting. Proper citation READING READING l. PRiME Plagiarism Module 0 Challenge ° Selections from Gather Multiple Perspectives 2. SF Section VI. Punctuation 3. SF Ch. 45 "APA St le" ON MONDAY Memo and Annotated Bibliography due FOR WS I. Bring two new sources on your topic to WS 2. Summarize new sources and record notes from the arahrasin exercise in our research oumal LSF Ch 8 “How Do You Write Powerful Arguments?” 2. Excerpts from Critical Thinking and Communication (To be handed out) 3. Watch The Ultforeseerz ON MONDAY HW #5 Plaiarism Res onses to Generate Ideas 10/19 Debate READING Excerpts from Critical Thinking and Communication Debate (To be handed out) 1. Debate due in ws READING I. Hand out on Policy Proposals 2. SF Chs l2 — 14 Style (paragraphs and transitions) DUE IN WS 1. Peer Critique of Policy Proposal Outline and Statement of Problem 2. Research Journal and Progress Report due (each student must meet with TA to review research 'ournal) SF Ch l5 — I6 Style (Sentences) IN WS 1. Peer Critique of drafted section 2. Research Journal (review with your TA the sources you’ve added to fill gaps in the 10/5 Using sources 10/ 12 Debate Argumentation Draft of Annotated Outline and Statement of Problem 10/26 Policy Proposal: Draft of Body Section I Policy Proposal: Draft READING DUE Presentations Annotated Outline) 11/9 Policy Proposal READING SF Chater Review Chaters 45 Draft of Draft READING Excerpt from Engineering C mmmmicalion Presentation DUE ON WEDNESDAY In WS Policy Pro osal Presentations begin (as scheduled) 11/30 READING _ Open DUE In WS Body Peer Criti ue ol' drafted section Section II Policy Proposal (1" Iteration) 11/23 READING _ ON FRIDAY Workshop Revised Policy Pro osal due by noon in ETC 5.140 ...
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