ECE's New Junior-level Communication Requirements
The ECE professional communications requirements are changing, along with the overall BSEE and BSCmpE curricula. Starting in summer 2012, students will be able to choose how they receive technical writing and presentation help at the junior level, and they will be able to choose what type of communication tasks they want to work on. The new instructional model means more flexibility, more options, and highly relevant, individualized communication instruction for ECE's undergrads.
During their junior year (specifically, after taking ECE 2031 and before registering for Senior Design), students must earn three (3) 'Communication Units', or CUs. These can be earned either by taking ECE 3005, which is a traditional classroom course, or by participating in ECE 3006, which lets students take advantage of communication that they are already doing in ECE co-curricular activities.
ECE 3005: ECE Professional and Technical Communication
This course is designed to satisfy the junior-level communication requirements for (1) transfer students who received credit for ECE 20x2 instead of ECE 2031 at Georgia Tech, and (2) students who prefer to receive instruction in a traditional classroom setting. Students will complete three assignments to pass the course: (1) a 5-7 page document, (2) a 10 minute technical presentation, (3) an "elective" communication activity of their choice (e.g., resume, statement of purpose essay for grad school, research poster, job talk, live technical demo, etc.).
ECE 3006: ECE Co-Curricular Professional Communication
ECE 3006 offers maximum flexibility and nearly unlimited options for completing the three required CUs. Students who choose this option will satisfy the junior-level communication requirements and earn CUs by working one-on-one with UPCP faculty to complete deliverables associated with approved workshops, seminars, research projects, co-op or internships, and co-curricular activities. The UPCP faculty will offer individualized instruction and review of papers, posters, and presentations for ECE undergraduates currently participating in GT-supported organizations, research groups, and competitions, all of which count toward the required CUs. Students can also earn CUs by working with UPCP faculty on their resumes, graduate school essays, and scholarship and fellowship application essays.
How do I get started?
It's easy. First, you have to pass ECE 2031 (or otherwise receive credit for it). Then you have to decide how you want to satisfy the junior-level communication requirements.
If you want to take ECE 3005, all you have to do is enroll through OSCAR.
If you want to participate in ECE 3006, you need to schedule an appointment with Christina Bourgeois as soon as possible after ECE 2031. You will also need to be currently involved in an ECE-related co-curricular activity or project.