ENGR 190W Communications in the Professional World (2016-2017)

ENGR 190W Communications in the Professional World

(Required for AE, BME, CE, ChE, EnE, ME and MSE.)
Catalog Data:

ENGR 190W Communications in the Professional World (Credit Units: 4) Workshop in technical and scientific writing. Oral presentation with video monitoring. Communication with various publics. Real-world professionalism. Students must be of junior or senior standing in Engineering and have completed the lower-division writing requirement. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of the lower-division writing requirement. . Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Materials Science Engineering and Mechanical Engineering majors graduating in the current quarter have first consideration for enrollment. . (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0470417010.

. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0077396220.

Recommended Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0072961492.

John C. LaRue
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Produce quality technical papers totaling 4,000 words or more of finished work.

2. Function effectively on multidisciplinary teams to accomplish a common goal.

3. Demonstrate professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities.

4. Plan, organize, prepare, and deliver effective technical reports in written, oral, and other formats appropriate to the discipline and goals of the program.

5. Describe the basic process model and identify the key elements that form the basis for effective technical writing and sound scientific research.

6. Demonstrate the ability to make appropriate decisions regarding the form, format, and style of a proposed technical document based on the target audience.

7. Use effective methodologies for reviewing, editing, and revising a technical document.

8. Create presentations of technical data using appropriate use of media.

9. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.

Prerequisites by Topic

Lower-division writing

Lecture Topics:
  • Overview of program and course outcomes; Importance of effective communication skills. (2 hours)
  • Communication modalities; Communication/technical writing process models. (2 hours)
  • Elements of form, format and style used for technical documentation. (2 hours)
  • Analyzing a target audience to determine the scope and purpose of a technical document. (2 hours)
  • Research strategies using the UCI Library’s electronic resources/databases. (2 hours)
  • Recognizing professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities in engineering. (3 hours)
  • Adopting a Code of Ethics as a foundation for sound engineering practices (e.g., NSPE, IEEE, ASME, etc.). (2 hours)
  • Overview of copyright, trademark and patent laws. (2 hours)
  • Conventions used in scientific writing for laboratory research and reporting. (2 hours)
  • Conducting responsible research – documenting your sources. (2 hours)
  • Writing concise abstracts for scientific papers. (2 hours)
  • Evaluating printed/online sources for relevance and credibility as part of the research process. (2 hours)
  • Constructing logical hierarchies of information for technical documentation. (2 hours)
  • Stylistic considerations in designing/writing technical documentation. (2 hours)
  • Methodologies for comprehensive review/revision of a technical document. (2 hours)
  • Strategies for developing/refining clarity and precision in technical writing. (3 hours)
  • Use of media in technical communication (e.g., figures, tables, etc.). (2 hours)
  • Planning, preparing and presenting effective technical presentations. (4 hours)
Class Schedule:

Meets for 4 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Microsoft Office

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component


Design Content Description


Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework assignments: 10%
  • Periodic quizzes: 10%
  • Collaborative research paper 1: 20%
  • Individual research paper: 20%
  • Collaborative research paper 2: 30%
  • Final exam (comprehensive): 10%
  • Total 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

July 12, 2016
Senate Approved:
March 19, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr