B.E. - Semester II
BCC201- PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION
Faculty Member: C.Meenakshisundaram.
- The primary objective of the course is to develop in the undergraduate students of engineering a level of competence in English required for independent and effective communication for academic, professional and social needs.
- The course aims to enable the students use English effectively for the purpose of
- Comprehending technical information in their field/branch of study.
- Participating in discussions and seminars in their subjects successfully.
- Expressing their ideas effectively in the written and spoken media.
- Listening to different speech styles and comprehending the essential meaning.
The course will provide the students adequate opportunities for individual practice.
COURSE MATERIAL:To achieve the above objectives, instruction will be imparted, through relevant ESP materials,articles from technical journals, popular magazines, sample materials from industries etc.
- READING STRATEGIES: Practice in various techniques: skimming, scanning, eye reading, etc., - Active and Passive reading - Reading and interpreting charts and diagrams - Need and Role of reading in technical/industrial organisations.
- WRITTEN COMMUNICATION: Introduction to technical writing. Discourse writing: Definition, Description, Instruction- Summary writing - Cohesive paragraphs.
- BUSINESS COMMUNICATION: Business correspondence - Format, tone and message of business letters- Perspective/point of view in purposive writing - Sales letters
- LISTENING AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT: Barriers to listening: Physical & Psychological - steps to overcome them- Listening with a purpose - Active listening and anticipating the speaker- Practice in note - taking-Steps to improve speaker's contribution.
- SUCCESSFUL SPEAKING TECHNIQUES: How to improve self-expression- Need for clear thinking- The Speech process- Fluency & accuracy in speech - developing persuasive speaking skills - Goal oriented group discussion- Formal and public speaking practice.
- Alan Malcy and Sandra Moulding, 'Learning to listen - Tasks for developing listening skills'-Cambridge University Press. 1981.
- Deborah.C.Andrews, Margaret D.Bickle, 'Technical Writing: Principles and Forms'. Macmillan 1978.
- Eric H. Glendinning & Beverly Holmstrom, 'Study Reading - A Course in reading for academic purposes',Cambridge University Press,1992.
- John Kirkman, 'Good Style - Writing for Science & Technology', E & FN Spon, an imprint of chapman & Hall, 1992.
- List Hamp Lyons, Ben Heasley, 'Study Writing', Cambridge University Press,1987.
- Louis Trimble, English for Science & Technology - A Discourse Approach, Cambridge University Press, 1985.
- Patrick Hanks, JimCorbett, 'Business Listening Tasks', Cambridge University Press,1986.
- Sharon Bower, 'Painless public speaking', Thorsons, 1990.
- Stewart, Zimmer & Camp, 'College English & Communication', McGraw Hill,1987.
- Tom Hutchinson, Alan Waters, 'English for Specific Purpose',Cambridge University Press,1987.