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Professional Literacy

“Communication skills are extremely important” – these are the words of George Heilmeier, respected engineer and receiver of a prestigious National Academy of Engineering award in 2012 for his work in the development of the liquid crystal display technology.

In the module Professional Communication first year engineering students get the opportunity to start developing the writing skills they will need as members of the professional engineering community. The module strives to be a first step towards the stated exit level outcomes of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) that graduating engineers should demonstrate competence to communicate effectively with engineering audiences and the community at large.

Students are however also able to put these skills into practice during their academic studies. The focus in the module is on the writing of a technical report, a document type commonly written in the professional engineering environment, but also relevant during the years of study. We also give students the “tools” they need to write the documents effectively.

For more information or if you would like us to tailor-make this course and present it in your faculty, e-mail Erina Basson or call 021 808 3627.

Business Communication

“In business, communication is everything.” – these are the words of Robert Kent, former dean of the Harvard Business School,

Since 2010 students in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences can follow the elective module Business Communication in the second semester of their first year.

This module focuses on written communication in the professional business environment and the skills needed to communicate effectively in this environment. Not only do we look at the various documents commonly used in the professional world, such as proposals, reports and official correspondence, but we also give students the “tools” that they would need to write these documents effectively. A bonus is that these skills can already be used in the tasks that students have to complete for their other university subjects.

For more information or if you would like us to tailor-make this course and present it in your faculty, e-mail Erina Basson or call 021 808 3627.