Module Title:Technical Communications
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 5 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: (a) Lectures & practicals (b) Assignments on the preparation of written documents (c) Assignments on the preparation of oral presentations.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is introduce the students to management fundamentals and to provide them with the communications skills required of an engineer to produce reports.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Explain the role of the manager and the nature of management.
LO2 Describe the context of management in business environments and apply this knowledge to business situations.
LO3 Make ethical and informed decisions regarding the presentation of technical material.
LO4 Prepare written documents in order to communicate technical information to a varied readership.
LO5 Prepare oral presentations for the purposes of communicating technical information to a varied listenership.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to management
Role and nature of management. Functions of management. Management skills
Management theory
Business environments and planning tools (Task Factors. Macro Factors. PESTEL framework. SWOT Analysis. 7S. BCG Matrix. GE Matrix. Porter's 5 Forces.) Product Life Cycle.
Introduction to communications
The role of communications in engineering.
Ethical decisions in engineering. Case studies. Code of Ethics. Copyright. Referencing. Plagiarism.
Written communications
Effective technical writing. Forms of technical writing (e.g. memos, instructions, specifications, formal reports). Research & preparation. Effective use of word processing & graphing tools.
Effective presentations.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Students will submit written assignments. 1,2,3,4,5 50.00 n/a
Other Students will research & deliver an oral presentation. 3,5 30.00 n/a
Other Other forms of assessment include class tests. 1,2,3,4 20.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus 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 1.00
Practicals Every Week 1.00
Estimated Learner Hours Every Week 2.00
Total Hours 4.00

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