This course, the fourth in the 8-semester engineering clinic series, provides expanded treatment of the practice of engineering through applications drawn from engineering disciplines and industry. The communication component is designed to help students prepare and present messages in public speaking contexts. In addition to engineering design, the course emphasizes oral presentation skills, as well as critical thinking, listening and organizations skills.
Stephen E. Lucas, The Art of Public Speaking, Boston: McGraw Hill, 9th Ed.
A package of 3"x5" index cards. This should cost you no more than a dollar or so.
See the general syllabus for this course, but note the following. All speeches are graded based on the following:
The details associated with the expectations will be provided for each speech.
- The delivery of the speech.
- Submission of an outline that you actually use in delivering the speech
- Submission of a list of reference list that you actually use in delivering the speech
- Submission of peer reviews of two speeches by other students in the class.
5% of the course grade is participation. I will base my evaluation of participation of three factors.
- Actual participation in class, including listening to, and providing feedback on, speeches by classmates.
- Submission of Think Assignments that I will give for many sessions. Think Assignments, which should also be written on one side of a 3x5 card, will be used, among other things, to help you to develop your speeches. This is a one night a week class, so there may be two Think Assignments due sometimes.
- Questions. I expect you to bringing two questions to (one one side of a 3x5 card) on any day for which you have a reading due. These questions will frequently create a basis for class discussions.
All assignments are required. Because of the tight schedule of the course, they are required on the date they are due. Should disaster strike in the form of confinable illness, death in the family, university trip, or genuine emergency ("genuine" is my call, not yours), you can make it up without penalty IF you submit written verification by the second class after your return. It is your responsibility to notify me in advance of an absence. Oversleeping, routine medical appointments, undocumented illnesses, computer glitches, printer malfunctions, and similar situations do NOT meet my definition of an acceptable excuse.
My usual practice is to make my lecture/discussion notes directly available to the class via the Internet. If it is possible to do so I will display those notes during class. You can print them out later. You may be able to print them out before class, but I don't guarantee that you will. I frequently change my discussion notes right up to the beginning of class (and sometimes during class). The version posted at the end of class can generally be considered to be reliable, but I occasionally modify them after class based on class discussions. Exams and speeches can be made up without an excuse, but incur a two letter grade penalty. I determine the scheduling of the make up. If you miss the second opportunity, you receive a zero on the assignment. Since all speeches MUST be presented to pass clinic, missing a speech is serious.