2017 Civil Engineering English IV

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Instructor(s)
Wijeyewickrema Anil  Bui Tinh Quoc 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Day/Period(Room No.)
Mon5-6(M5 会議室)  
Group
-
Course number
CVE.L310
Credits
1
Academic year
2017
Offered quarter
1Q
Syllabus updated
2017/4/12
Lecture notes updated
-
Language used
English
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Course description and aims

CEE-IV is designed to assist students to develop and improve their communication skills in the areas of natural disasters and energy sources. Presentation assignments and writing assignments cover listening, speaking and writing.

This course aims to improve the English communication abilities of students in the area of natural disasters and energy sources.

Student learning outcomes

By completing this course, students will be able to:
1) Have increased vocabulary in the area of natural disasters and energy sources.
2) Have better presentation skills in the area of natural disasters and energy sources.
3) Have confidence in using English to discuss issues in the area of natural disasters and energy sources.

Keywords

Avalanches, disaster mitigation, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes (typhoons), landslides, sinkholes, tornadoes, tsunamis, volcanoes, wildfires; biofuels, fast reactors, fusion, geothermal power, nuclear waste, renewable energy, solar power, tidal power, wind farms

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

All students are expected to actively participate in the class by asking questions and answering questions. Students will make presentations on natural disasters and energy sources. Students improve their understanding of the course contents by completing homework writing assignments.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction to course themes: Natural Disasters and Energy Sources. Self-introduction by students. Explain course theme of natural disasters and energy sources.
Class 2 Natural Disasters - Video and Discussion Keywords: avalanches, earthquakes, floods, typhoons, landslides, sinkholes, tornadoes, tsunamis, volcanoes, wildfires Explain meaning of keywords associated with natural disasters.
Class 3 Presentation #1A: Natural Disasters {earthquakes, floods, typhoons, landslides, sinkholes, tornadoes, tsunamis, volcanoes, wildfires} and Engineering Solutions Asking questions and answering questions related to natural disasters.
Class 4 Presentation #1B: Natural Disasters {earthquakes, floods, typhoons, landslides, sinkholes, tornadoes, tsunamis, volcanoes, wildfires} and Engineering Solutions Asking questions and answering questions related to natural disasters.
Class 5 Energy Sources of the Future - Video and Discussion Keywords: biofuels, fast reactors, fusion, geothermal power, nuclear waste, renewable energy, solar power, tidal power, wind farms. Explain meaning of keywords associated with energy sources.
Class 6 Presentation #2A: Energy sources {fossil fuels, hydro-power, nuclear power, solar power} and Engineering Solutions Asking questions and answering questions related to energy sources.
Class 7 Presentation #2B: Energy sources {fossil fuels, hydro-power, nuclear power, solar power} and Engineering Solutions Asking questions and answering questions related to energy sources.
Class 8 Review of course themes: Natural Disasters and Energy Sources. Discussion and Video. Explain the importance of natural disasters and energy sources.

Textbook(s)

None required

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Strunk Jr, W. and White, E. B., 2000, The Elements of Style, 4th edition, Longman, New York.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' knowledge of natural disasters and energy and their ability to communicate will be assessed.
PPT- Assignments - 40%, W-Assignments - 30%, Video Quizzes - 10% and Final PPT presentation - 20%. Final Exam Presentation is required to get credit for the course.

Related courses

  • CVE.L210 : Civil Engineering English I
  • CVE.L211 : Civil Engineering English Ⅱ
  • CVE.L212 : Civil Engineering English Ⅲ

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

None

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