Overview

Effective oral and written communication skills have long been viewed as essential competencies for undergraduate students in the world’s major universities, and they underpin the skills required by employers in today’s globalized workplace. Specific communication skills required of engineering undergraduates include the ability to prepare and present academic and technical information both in writing and orally to technical and non-technical audiences.

This module aims to help students develop such abilities through formal letter writing academic essay writing, technical report writing, oral presenting and other learning activities. (TLM1010) Technical Communication adopts a process-based, reading-into-writing approach so that students have the chance to learn/unlearn/relearn from the multiple drafting experience of each assignment. In terms of speaking, students are afforded opportunities to learn and employ specific strategies for both impromptu and formal presenting. As the principle content focus of the course, a project-based design problem approach is employed that requires teams of students to explore authentic telematics design problems and develop viable solutions within real-world contexts. For scaffolding that project and underpinning an introductory telematics product evaluation, students are also required to read discipline-specific articles and websites with a telematics focus, thus facilitating greater acquaintance with the field.

Teaching Team

What You’ll Learn

After successfully completing this course, you should be able to:
  • Adjust style and tone when communicating different types of information to different audiences for a particular purpose; 
  • Recognize the language features and conventions of academic and technical texts and employ these in their own writing and speaking;
  • Develop thesis, problem and purpose statements, and support these with evidence;
  • Develop orally and in writing effective paraphrases and summaries for a specific purpose; 
  • Identify and think critically about complex design problems, formulate solutions and present these orally and in writing;
  • Analyze, synthesize and interpret information from various sources for specific purposes; 
  • Cite sources correctly using APA citation style, showing academic integrity; 
  • Revise writing for clarity, conciseness, coherence;
  • Give constructive criticism and feedback to peers; and
  • Monitor your own progress through reflection while identifying strengths and weaknesses.    

Who Should Attend

  • Diploma holders in the telematics industry, wanting to upgrade their communication skills
  • Diploma holders in any engineering field, wanting to upgrade their communication skills
  • Diploma holders in the ICT industry, wanting to upgrade their communication skills

Prerequisites

Diploma level work in telematics or other fields of engineering or ICT

SITizens Learning Credits (SLC) - Eligible Course

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Certificate and Assessment

A Certificate of Participation will be issued to participants who:
  • Attend at least 75% of the workshop
  • Complete the Continual Assessemnt.
A Certificate of Attainment will be issued to participants who
  • Attend 75% of the module, and
  • Complete and pass the Continual Assessemnt

Schedule

Every Wednesday 1pm - 4pm
Week   Topic
1
  • NO CLASS: Survey the module online.
2
  • 01 Introducing Technical Communication I
  • Do “Ice-breaking” activity
  • 02 Revisiting Language Use / Writing Formal Letters
  • Discuss marking rubrics
  • Assignment: For the next lesson, prepare Formal Letter: 
  • Self-Introduction (300 words) for instructor.
3
  • 03 Paraphrasing, Summarizing & Avoiding Plagiarism
  • 04 Introducing a Product Description Summary & Analysis
  • Submit Formal Letter to portfolio for instructor feedback
  • Assignment: For next lesson, prepare Product Description Summary & Analysis_ Draft 1 (600 words) for peer review.
4
  • 05 Conducting Peer Reviews / Revising One’s Own Work
  • Submit Product Description Summary & Analysis_ Draft 1 for peer review
  • Do peer review training / Complete peer review
  • Library Research session
5
  • 06 Introducing Technical Writing:The Design Assignment (I)
  • Submit Product Description Summary & Analysis _ Draft 2 for instructor feedback
6
  • 07 Developing Thesis, Problem and Purpose Statements & Understanding the Pyramid Principle
  • 08 Introducing Technical Writing: Crafting the Design Report (II)
  • Submit Product Description Summary & Analysis _ Final (30%)
7
  • Recess Week: 19-23 October
8
  • 08 Introducing Technical Writing: Crafting the Design Report (II)
  • Refine Problem Statement & Purpose Statement + Problem Solution/Product Modification + Benefits & Evaluation
  • Watch OWL: Layering Reports & discuss 
  • 09 Preparing for and Delivering Effective Presentations 
9
  • Do Mock Team Presentations + receive peer feedback
  • Confer with lecturer regarding questions on Design Report
  • Assignment: For the next lesson, do Design Report _ Draft 1 (Introduction + Problem Statement & Purpose Statement + Problem Solution/Product Modification + Benefits & Evaluation)  (1500 words) for peer review
10
  • 10 Introducing Technical Writing: Reviewing the Design Report (III) 
  • Do peer review training & review of questions on the report  
  • Submit Design Report _ Draft 1 for peer review
  • Begin peer review
11
  • Give Team-based Oral Presentations (20%)
  • Confer with lecturer regarding questions on 
  • Design Report _ Draft 2 (include in-text citations and reference list)
12
  • PRESENTATION SHOWCASE (and/or continue report review) 
13
  • No Class
  • Submit Critical Reflection (300 words) on aspects of learning in the module 
  • Submit Design Report _ Final Draft (30%)

Fees

Category Full Fee After SF Funding After SF Mid-Career
Enhanced Subsidy
Singapore Citizen (Below 40) / Singapore PR $1,614.63 $484.39* Not Eligible
Singapore Citizen (40 & above) $1,614.63 $484.39 $$182.59*
Non-Singaporeans $1,614.63 Not Eligible Not Eligible

Note:
  • All figures include GST. GST applies to individuals and Singapore-registered companies.
  • You can opt for either SkillsFuture Funding or Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy. Both cannot be combined.

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Terms & Conditions:

SkillsFuture Funding


In order to be eligible for the 70% training grant awarded by SkillsFuture, applicants (and/or their sponsoring organisations where applicable) must:
  1.  Be a Singaporean Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident
  2.  Not receive any other funding from government sources in respect of the actual grant disbursed for the programme

SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy

To be eligible for the 90% enhanced subsidy awarded, applicants (and/or their sponsoring organisations where applicable) must:
  1.  Be a Singaporean Citizen
  2.  Be at least 40 years old
  3.  Not receive any other funding from government sources in respect of the actual grant disbursed for the programme
SIT reserves the right to collect the balance of the programme fees (i.e. the potential grant amount) directly from the applicants (and/or their sponsoring organisations where applicable) should the above requirements not be fulfilled.

SIT reserves the right to make changes to published course information, including dates, times, venues, fees and instructors without prior notice.

Key Info

Venue SIT@Dover, 10 Dover Drive S138683
Time 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Date 16 Sep 2020 (Wed) to
25 Nov 2020 (Wed)
Registration is Closed.

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