Module Title:Technical Communications
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 6 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: (a) Lectures (b) Assignments on the preparation of written documents (c) Assignments on the preparation of oral presentations.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to provide the students with the communications skills required of an engineer in a professional environment
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Make ethical and informed decisions regarding the presentation of technical material.
LO2 Prepare written documents in order to communicate technical information to a varied readership.
LO3 Prepare oral presentations for the purposes of communicating technical information to a varied listenership.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The role of communications in engineering ;Word processing - Folders & files - Document layout - Diagrams & illustrations - The equations editor - Spelling & grammar ;Team work – writing as a team
Professional code of ethics: Code of ethics for engineers. ;Citing Information - Plagiarism, referencing sources ;Copyright ;Presentation of results - Withholding information ;Unclear Instructions - Safety warnings ;Decision making.
Written communications
Reader focus ;Readability - Test ;Sources of information ;Logical presentation of material ;Use of tables and graphics ;Letters , memoranda & e mail ;Engineering documents - Specifications - Proposals - User Instructions ;Reports - Inspection Report - Trip Report - Progress Report - Field Report - Recommendation
Preparing the presentation; Graphics; Animation; Presentation; Handouts; Preparation for questions
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Students will submit various written assignments during the module 1,2,3 40.00 n/a
Other Students will also complete and deliver an oral presentation during the module. 3 20.00 n/a
Other Other forms of assessment include class tests. 1,2 40.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 0.50
Laboratory Every Week 0.50
Estimated Learner Hours Every Week 2.00
Total Hours 3.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EEAER_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Aerospace Engineering 1 Mandatory
CW_EESYS_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electronic Systems 1 Mandatory
CW_EMMEC_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering 1 Mandatory
CW_EEACS_D Bachelor of Engineering in Aircraft Systems 1 Mandatory
CW_EEEEN_D Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Engineering 1 Mandatory
CW_EEMEC_D Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering 1 Mandatory