Professional Communication Skills


CMPE Degree: This course is Not Applicable for the CMPE degree.

EE Degree: This course is Not Applicable for the EE degree.

Lab Hours: 0 supervised lab hours and 0 unsupervised lab hours.

Technical Interest Group(s) / Course Type(s): Deactivated / No longer offered

Course Coordinator:

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites: None.

Catalog Description

Written, oral, and graphical communication skills needed by electrical and
computer engineering professionals.

Course Outcomes

Not Applicable

Student Outcomes

In the parentheses for each Student Outcome:
"P" for primary indicates the outcome is a major focus of the entire course.
“M” for moderate indicates the outcome is the focus of at least one component of the course, but not majority of course material.
“LN” for “little to none” indicates that the course does not contribute significantly to this outcome.

1. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

2. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors

3. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

4. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

5. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

6. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

7. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Strategic Performance Indicators (SPIs)

Not Applicable

Course Objectives

Topical Outline

Need for Communication Skills
Technical Communication
Writing, Proof Reading, Speaking, Using Graphics, Critiquing
Critiquing Presentations
Organization, Technical Content, Technical Accuracy, Graphics,
Voice, Delivery Dynamics, Handling Questions
Planning, Outlining, and Logical Flow
Technical Sentences
Sentence Structure (subject, verb, diagramming)
Report Writing
IEEE Format for References
IEEE Journal Format for Papers
Proof-Reading Marks
Voice (volume, voice inflection, etc.)
Delivery Dynamics (eye contact, audience engagement, gesturing,
pointing at graphics, etc.)
Report Figures and Drawings (readability)
Software Packages (Powerpoint, Freehand, AutoCAD, etc.)
Overhead Projector Transparencies
Speaker Notes for Each Graphic (including transitions)