Communication-based learning objectives in a four-year engineering curriculum: A longitudinal analysis

Mary M. Staehle, Amy R. Reed, Harriet S. Benavidez, William T. Riddell

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Effective communication has been identified as a critical skill for engineering graduates. In this article, the authors identified specific communication-based learning objectives in existing Rowan University engineering courses that are designed to provide instruction in technical communication throughout the curriculum. The objectives fall into four primary categories: rhetorical awareness, writing, oral presentations and interpersonal communication. Within these categories, the authors have identified several sub-objectives and have mapped these to the revised Bloom's Taxonomy based on the level of competency expected of students in each course. The purpose of this exercise is to provide a robust framework for evaluating the treatment of communication skills longitudinally through the entire curriculum, rather than piecewise, so that gaps or unreasonable expectations of jumps in skill from year-to-year can be identified. The authors expect that this approach can serve as a model to analyse and design engineering curricula at other universities as well.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-13
Number of pages7
JournalGlobal Journal of Engineering Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Education


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