Courses

For information on when the following courses are being offered, check the USC Schedule of Classes.

Writ 340: Advanced Communication for Engineers

Junior- and senior-level undergraduate students in all engineering disciplines are required to take WRIT 340: Advanced Writing Communication for Engineers as part of their curriculum. In this course, emphasis is placed on writing articles and reports, giving oral presentations, and learning to present data in drawings and graphs. In their final semester project, students undertake a consulting project for a local non-profit organization. Organizations ranging from homeless shelters to elementary schools, churches to youth centers, mental health facilities to environmental advocacy groups have participated in this project-based service learning program. Over the years students have helped reconfigure computer labs, found ways to make buildings accessible to the handicapped, designed playgrounds, and analyzed security and database needs, among many, many other tasks. Sample syllabus

ENGR 471a & B: Interdisciplinary Capstone Design

This course provides students a culminating experience in applying the technical skills they have acquired in their engineering coursework to solve a design problem sponsored by an external customer. The students will begin with a problem statement provided by the customer, develop a specifications report, investigate similar existing technologies, and design their own solution. The course will also afford students practice in communicating their design process, both orally and in written form, to multiple audiences. Students will work in interdisciplinary teams to develop their design. The course includes lectures on the engineering design process, communication skills, and ethical and sustainability design considerations. Students will write accompanying documents and present oral progress reports in support of their final design proposal to the project sponsor and/or faculty advisors. For more information, click here.

ENGR 501x: Technical Writing and Communication for Graduate Students in Engineering and Science

Technical Writing and Communication for Engineering and Science Graduate Students is designed to help graduate students learn the communication methods that will make their material most effective, and acquire the communication skills necessary to their professions. Lectures, workshops and guest speakers help graduate students master the forms of writing and speaking their academic programs and professional communities require, such as journal articles, dissertations, conference papers and presentations, proposals, reports, and professional conventions.

ENGR 502x: Writing Skills for Engineering Ph.D. Students

This course is designed to help graduate students in engineering and science with their course-specific writing tasks. Students will meet one-on-one with the instructor to complete at least one journal article, conference paper, proposal, etc., make progress on their dissertation, and/or any other agreed-upon projects. You’ll also learn the standard components of advanced writing tasks, including abstracts, literature reviews, CVs, proposals, critiques, and more.

ENGR 503x: Oral Communication Skills for Engineering Ph.D. Students

Oral communication skills are vital in the formal and informal tasks of engineering practice. This course is designed to help graduate students with their academic and professional oral presentation skills. Particular attention will be paid to preparation for qualifying exams and conference paper presentations. Use of visual aids will also be covered.

ENGR 504x: Fellowship Proposal Writing for Engineering Ph.D. Students

Preparation of essays and other materials for research fellowship applications. CR/NC.

ENGR 499 Social Media for Scientists and Engineers

This course is an introduction to the various ways in which social media, science, and engineering are intersecting in a compelling manner. New technologies and online communities are changing the ways that scientists and engineers are engaging one another (inreach) and general audiences (outreach). Through a series of case studies, students examine issue-based examples that address the complexities surrounding ethics, privacy, reputation management, ownership, and the law. Assignments, including weekly discussion board posts, focus on the development and understanding of appropriate social media use for personal and professional development. Distinguished guest lecturers provide additional insights from their experiences as practitioners of the topics presented.

ENGR 595a Professional Writing and Communication for Internships

This course focuses on writing and communication skills for master’s students pursuing a professional internship.

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