COMM16165
Technical Reports and Presentations
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  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
 
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 42.0
Credit Value: 3.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Spring/Summer 2019
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A

Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Computer Engineering Technolog, Computer EngineeringTechnician, Computer Programmer, Computer Systems Technology SA, Electronics Engineering Techni, Electronics Engineering Techno, Info Tech Support Services
Program Coordinator(s): Jerry Kotuba, Peter Wheeler, Ann Cadger, MD - Nazrul Islam Khan, Weijing Ma
Course Leader or Contact: Mark Orlando
Version:
20190506_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: INFO10937 is an equivalency for COMM16165 for Electronics program only.

 
 
Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Students prepare for written and oral tasks they encounter in their program course and after they graduate. Students spend class time writing, developing, discuss and organizing cases, working with others and speaking to the class. Special emphasis focuses on oral, written, and visual presentation formats appropriate to technical subject content as well as the technologies appropriate to delivering these formats.

Program Context

 
Computer Engineering Technolog Program Coordinator(s): Weijing Ma
This course is essential to programs as it prepares students for the written and oral tasks they will encounter in their program courses and after they graduate. Reports and Presentations is also an integral program course because students develop their communication skills within content areas assigned in conjunction with parallel program courses.

Computer EngineeringTechnician Program Coordinator(s): Weijing Ma
This course is essential to programs as it prepares students for the written and oral tasks they will encounter in their program courses and after they graduate. Reports and Presentations is also an integral program course because students develop their communication skills within content areas assigned in conjunction with parallel program courses.

Computer Programmer Program Coordinator(s): Ann Cadger
This course is essential to programs as it prepares students for the written and oral tasks they will encounter in their program courses and after they graduate. Reports and Presentations is also an integral program course because students develop their communication skills within content areas assigned in conjunction with parallel program courses.

Computer Systems Technology SA Program Coordinator(s): Jerry Kotuba
This course is essential to programs as it prepares students for the written and oral tasks they will encounter in their program courses and after they graduate. Reports and Presentations is also an integral program course because students develop their communication skills within content areas assigned in conjunction with parallel program courses.

Electronics Engineering Techni Program Coordinator(s): MD - Nazrul Islam Khan
This course is essential to programs as it prepares students for the written and oral tasks they will encounter in their program courses and after they graduate. Reports and Presentations is also an integral program course because students develop their communication skills within content areas assigned in conjunction with parallel program courses.

Electronics Engineering Techno Program Coordinator(s): MD - Nazrul Islam Khan
This course is essential to programs as it prepares students for the written and oral tasks they will encounter in their program courses and after they graduate. Reports and Presentations is also an integral program course because students develop their communication skills within content areas assigned in conjunction with parallel program courses.

Info Tech Support Services Program Coordinator(s): Peter Wheeler
This course is essential to programs as it prepares students for the written and oral tasks they will encounter in their program courses and after they graduate. Reports and Presentations is also an integral program course because students develop their communication skills within content areas assigned in conjunction with parallel program courses.


Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to communicate professionally in a variety of technology environments.
 
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Define report scope and content.
  2. Set writing objectives for the delivery of information to a variety of audiences using a goal oriented approach to ensure effective messaging.
  3. Develop project roles, responsibilities and relationships.
  4. Deliver an effective written and oral presentation using effective research, analysis, and design methodologies.
  5. Write in clear and concise manner using a business or technical writing technique as appropriate.
  6. Define, write and review report content.
  7. Communicate project specifications using an organized developmental approach.
  8. Communicate research findings using an analytical mindset and attitude.
  9. Build a business case that addresses project needs.
  10. Present project concepts and ideas to user groups and stakeholders.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS
 Writing Evaluation/Grammar5.0%
 Business Document4.0%
 Report Proposal5.0%
 Research/Reference/APA doc5.0%
 Audience Profile/User Scenario4.0%
 Minor Report10.0%
 Group Written Report25.0%
 Peer Evaluation #12.0%
 Peer Evaluation #22.0%
 Elevator Pitch5.0%
 Presentation Scenario3.0%
 5 min Group10.0%
 Group Oral Presentation20.0%
Total100.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
Group Contract Note: work not accepted/marks deducted until a group contract is signed by all members and submitted to the Professor. Students must submit/complete all assignments, in-class activities and projects by the scheduled due date and write all tests on the specified date/time. Exceptions will only be made under extraordinary circumstances. Refer to the School of Applied Computing's Academic Procedures for Evaluations for more details regarding missed work: Procedures for Evaluations

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities requirements:

 

Essential Employability Skills
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:

  • Communication Skills - Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken, visual form that fulfills the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.
  • Communication Skills - Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills - Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving - Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.
  • Information Management - Locate, select, organize and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.
  • Information Management Skills - Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Show respect for the diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar

Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

  • Portfolio
    Notes:  Both Portfolio and Interview are required for PLAR.
  • Interview
    Notes:  Both Portfolio and Interview are required for PLAR.

 
 
Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: In-Class
Professor: tba
Resource(s):
 TypeDescription
RequiredTextbookWriting in the Technical Fields, Ewald, Thorsten, Oxford University Press, 2nd Edition, ISBN 9780199021499, E-text option available through https://redshelf.com/book/596589/writing-in-the-technical-fields-596

Applicable student group(s): Information Technologies Support Services, Computer Programmer, Computer Systems Technology - Systems Analyst, Electronics Engineering Technician/Technology
Course Details:

MODULE 01: (1 Week)
Topics: Writing Strategy, Audience Analysis, Readability
Activity: Grammar/Writing Evaluation (5%)
Outcomes: 1, 2

MODULE 02: (2 Weeks)
Topics:  Organization Strategies, Research, Editing and Proofreading
Evaluation: Research Proposal (5%); Group Contract (0%); Research/Refs/APA doc (5%); Audience Profile/User Scenario (4%)
Activity: Setup an online collaboration environment
Outcomes: 3, 4

MODULE 03: (2 Weeks)
Topics: Writing a Technical Report, Effective Writing Strategies
Topics: Applying target audience writing/Business report/memo
Evaluation: Minor Report Submission (10%)
Evaluation: Business Document (4%)
Outcomes: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6

MODULE 04: (2 Weeks)
Topics: One Minute Talks, Elevator Pitch, Talking Points
Evaluation: Elevator Pitch (5%)
Activity: Peer Feedback (2%)
Outcomes: 4, 5, 6

MODULE 05: (1 Week concurrent with Module 04)
Topics: Using Language Effectively, Paragraph Construction, Target
Audience; watch pitch presentations
Outcomes: 5,7,8

Reading Week

MODULE 06: (4 Weeks)
Topics: Preparing and Practice for Presentations
Evaluation: Group Presentation (10%)
Evaluation: Presentation Scenarios (3%)
Outcomes: 7, 8, 10

MODULE 06A: (2 Weeks concurrent with Module 6)
Topics: Technical Report Writing - Technical graphics
Evaluation: Report Submission (25%)

MODULE: 07 (2 Weeks)
Evaluation: Group Presentations of Major Research Project (20%)
Activity: Peer Feedback (2%)
Outcomes: 7, 8, 9, 10


Sheridan Policies

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Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

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