The challenges of a global engineer increasingly call upon engineers to think critically and communicate effectively to undertake developmental leadership. This course aims to develop and practise students' critical thinking and writing skills through analysing case studies in engineering leadership, constructing complex engineering-related problems and solutions, presenting arguments effectively and reflecting on personal leadership development. Relevance to engineering practice is emphasized with references to grounded theories of engineering leadership (Colcleugh, 2013; Rottman, Sacks & Reeve, 2015) and the seven missing basics of engineering education (Goldberg, 2009). This module is taught over 1 semester with 1 two-hour sectional teaching (in addition to a two-hour online presence) per week.
As a first-year module, FAS1102 develops the writing and oral communication skills that FASS undergraduates require to engage with the public effectively. This module complements the academic writing module FAS1101 by focusing on students’ development of the rhetorical knowledge, composing practices, and critical thinking skills that are necessary to communicate effectively across different genres, contexts and audiences. As the conventions for public writing are different from those of academic writing, this module provides students with the opportunity to apply the appropriate tone, style, and organization expected for common genres of public communication, giving students the ability to adjust their writing according to the relevant audience. This module is taught over 1 semester with 1 two-hour tutorial per week.
This module develops and applies the core strategies that underlie successful academic writing. These include writing with clarity and precision, analysing how authors argue, organizing and expressing ideas to guide readers through a line of reasoning, citing and documenting sources, revising the content, wording, and organization of a paper, as well as surface features such as spelling and punctuation. Students gain an appreciation of the basics of academic writing through three units, which correspond to the three stages of writing - introduction, body, and conclusion. This module is taught over 1 semester with 1 two-hour tutorial per week.