CAES1507 Professional and Technical Written Communication for Engineers Session One Introduction Contact Information Instructor Conttia Lai (Course Coordinator) Karissa Muse Email [email protected] [email protected] Office KK Leung 1016 Eliot Hall 118 Phone 2859-1080 2219-4034 CAES Rules Attendance Punctuality Plagiarism Submission of assignments Classroom language Use of mobile phones Class Attendance You must attend 80% of the classes in order to pass the course. If you miss more than 2 classes, you must provide a medical certificate to your teacher. Punctuality You are expected to come to classes on time You will be marked absent if you are consistently late for classes Plagiarism Plagiarism is a very serious offence at university. If your work contains any plagiarism at all, your assignment will be given a fail automatically. Depending on the extent of the plagiarism, you may also be considered for further disciplinary action. Submission of Assignments All written assignments should be submitted to the tutor IN CLASS ON THE DUE DATE unless otherwise specified If you are sick and unable to hand in an assignment, you must contact your teacher to let him/her know and also provide a medical certificate. Submission of Assignments – cont’d Assignments which are handed in up to three days late will have one full letter grade deducted each day. If your assignment is more than three days late, it will be given a fail automatically and will not be marked. Classroom Language You are strongly encouraged to speak in English at all times during classes Mobile phones – Switch off your mobile before you enter the classroom – No talking on the phone or SMS is allowed during class time Resources at HKU Language Resource Centre (LRC) – Virtual English web site of LRC – 4th Floor, Meng Wah Complex http://caes.hku.hk/ve CEDARS – – 4th Floor, Meng Wah Complex http://cedars.hku.hk ProTech Course Learning Outcomes communicate confidently in English and use the appropriate form and register to express ideas in Engineering-related contexts. demonstrate a range of English vocabulary related to Engineering and use it accurately. write structured, coherent and professional technical reports identify key information to include in minutes propose and critically evaluate solutions in problem-solving tasks ProTech Course Information Meeting Design & Make PROJECT Report Writing Minutes Writing Assessment Assessment Components Minutes of Meeting Introduction (In-class writing) Materials and Specifications Theory Construction Procedure + Design Test Procedure + Results + Discussion of Results Weighting 15% (Individual) 5% (Group) 0% (Group) 5% (Group) 10% (Group) 10% (Group) Conclusion (In-class writing) Summary (In-class writing) Writing Test (In-class writing) Final Report 15% (Individual) 5% (Group) 15% (Individual) 20% (Group) Ice-breaking One of the aims of the course is to strengthen your problem-solving skills. You will now be divided in four groups to work on a problem-solving task. 2 groups will be working on Sinking Ship (1) and 2 groups on Sinking Ship (2). Diagnostic Technical Report Writing Test In order to know how much you know (or don’t know!) about writing a technical report, you are now asked to complete a pre-course writing test before we teach you how to do it. You will be given 10 minutes to read through the report and another 45 minutes to write the Summary for the report. The task is NOT counted towards your final grade.