ECE 49401 - Professional Communication Capstone

Course Details

Lecture Hours: 1 Credits: 1

Counts as:

  • ECE Seminar

Normally Offered:

Each Fall, Spring


Online only


ECE 39401

Requisites by Topic:

Must be a student in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Catalog Description:

This course provides ECE students an opportunity to refine their professional communication skills before launching into the workplace or graduate school. Topics include: ethics in ECE, workplace communication (written and verbal), and plans for professional growth.

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Learning Outcomes:

A student who successfully fulfills the course requirements will have demonstrated:
  1. an ability to communicate ideas in a written form. [3]
  2. an awareness of skills necessary to achieve success in the workplace. [7]
  3. The ability to research and evaluate current events in an engineering context. [4,7]
  4. An understanding of the role of ethical engineering in the work environment. [4]

Lecture Outline:

Weeks Topic(s)
Week (5) Ethics
Weeks (3) Workplace Communication
Weeks (2) Professional Growth
Weeks (4) Other (guest Speakers, etc.)

Engineering Design Consideration(s):

  • Ethical
  • Health/Safety
  • Political
  • Social

Assessment Method:

Outcome i is assessed by performance on the 5-7 written assignments submitted during the semester by the students, each based upon a guest speakers lecture. Outcome ii is assessed by several assignments focusing on the students future plans and a self-assessment of areas of strength/weakness as they prepare either for graduate school or employment in industry. Outcomes iii and iv are assessed through performance of a minimum of two case study assignments during the course of the semester, including one on intellectual property and one on professional ethics.