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Focusing on communication skills in engineering education

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The development of communication skills is now considered to be a desirable feature of engineering undergraduate courses. However, to convert what is desirable into reality requires finding space in an already overcrowded syllabus. The solution proposed in this paper is to use the development of communication skills as the focus for active learning assignments relevant to the particular engineering discipline being studied. A ‘Learning from Disasters˚s exercise and two mock public inquiries recently held in the Civil Engineering Deparment at Queen's University, Belfast (QUB) are illustrations of how this may be achieved and of the benefits to be gained.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Queen's University, Belfast, UK

Publication date: 1995-10-01

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