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2G03 Lecture 1: Introduction (1) Welcome to 2G03: Problem Solving & Technical Communication Dr. E. Cranston and Mr. V. Leung
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2G03 Lecture 1: Introduction (2) Instructors: Emily Cranston and Vince Leung TAs: Kevin Kan and Sarah Charlong Avenue to Learn Courseware: 2011 updated version Please bring it to EVERY class. (“Technically-Write!” on short-loan in library) • Class (T13/127) and tutorials (JHE 329) Welcome
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2G03 Lecture 1: Introduction (3) • No matter how good your ideas are, to be a successful engineer you must be able to convey your ideas to your audience! Technical Communication
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2G03 Lecture 1: Introduction (4) Goal: Improve your abilities and your confidence in your written and verbal communication skills. (Not an English course.) How to: – Properly research, write and reference a technical report – Critically assess what you read – Prepare for the job search/workplace – Interview and give oral presentations Technical Communication
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2G03 Lecture 1: Introduction (5) Why should we communicate effectively? – To be understood – To prove we have learnt (assessment) – To get what we want – To impress our boss/colleagues/friends – To have our instructions followed correctly – Other reasons? Technical Communication
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2G03 Lecture 1: Introduction (6) • There are various ways to deal with problem solving • The McMaster Problem Solving Program (MPS) is tried, tested and true (Medical school, health science, engineering…) Problem Solving
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2G03 Lecture 1: Introduction (7) Observations in the 1960’s – Could not solve problems if wording was changed – Tried to patch various solutions together – Could not solve industrial problems by bringing together content from different courses Problem Solving Woods, D. “Developing Problem Solving Skills; The McMaster Problem Solving Program”. J Engineering Education , April 1997, p. 75-91.
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2G03 Lecture 1: Introduction (8) So what did Dr. Wood’s do? – Developed 12 attributes of problem solving – Spent 40 years refining MPS training program – Compared to 150 published strategies – Limited “Teacher talk” to 20 minutes – Helped implemented MPS in >150 organizations, companies and schools – Asked graduates for feedback Problem Solving Woods, D. “Developing Problem Solving Skills; The McMaster Problem Solving Program”. J Engineering Education , April 1997, p. 75-91.
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2G03 Lecture 1: Introduction (9) Goal: To develop awareness and skill in problem solving. How to: – Talk through your thought processes – Reflect on your thought processes, your feelings and your attitudes – Extend problem solving skills – Self-assess, give and receive feedback Problem Solving Woods, D. “Developing Problem Solving Skills; The McMaster Problem Solving Program”. J Engineering Education , April 1997, p. 75-91.
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2G03 Lecture 1: Introduction (10) • What‟s the difference between a problem and an exercise?
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