2019 Civil Engineering English I

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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.)
Tue1-2(M5 会議室)  
Group
-
Course number
CVE.L210
Credits
1
Academic year
2019
Offered quarter
2Q
Syllabus updated
2019/4/12
Lecture notes updated
-
Language used
English
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Course description and aims

CEE-I is designed to assist students to develop and improve their communication skills in the areas of water and environment. Presentation assignments and writing assignments cover listening, speaking and writing.

This course aims to improve the English communication abilities of students in the areas of water and environment.

Student learning outcomes

By completing this course, students will be able to:
1) Have increased vocabulary in the areas of water and environment.
2) Have better presentation skills in the areas of water and environment.
3) Have confidence in using English to discuss issues in the areas of water and environment.

Keywords

Aquifer, desalination, drought, evaporation, irrigation, precipitation, water-cycle, water shortages, water treatment, water purification; air-pollution, brown sludge, deforestation, domestic waste, eutrophication, global warming, greenhouse effect, industrial waste, landfills, marine dumping, sewage

Competencies that will be developed

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

All students are expected to actively participate in the class by asking questions and answering questions. Students in groups of three to five (depending on class size) will make presentations on water and environment. 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: Water and Environment. Self-introduction by students. Explain course themes of water and environment.
Class 2 Water, Water Everywhere! - Video and Discussion. Keywords: aquifer, drought, evaporation, irrigation, precipitation, water-cycle Explain meaning of keywords associated with water.
Class 3 Group Presentation #1A: Water Problems in {Africa, Asia, Australia, USA} with an Example of Engineering Response Asking questions and answering questions related to water problems.
Class 4 Group Presentation #1B: Water Problems in {Africa, Asia, Australia, USA} with an Example of Engineering Response Asking questions and answering questions related to water problems.
Class 5 Pollution (Land, Air and Water Pollution) - Video and Discussion Keywords: brown sludge, deforestation, domestic waste, industrial waste, landfills, marine dumping, sewage Explain meaning of keywords associated with environment.
Class 6 Group Presentation #2A: Pollution Problems {air, land, water} and Engineering Solutions Asking questions and answering questions related to environment.
Class 7 Group Presentation #2B: Pollution Problems {air, land, water} and Engineering Solutions Asking questions and answering questions related to environment.
Class 8 Review of course themes: Water and Environment. Discussion and Video. Explain the importance of water and the environment.

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 water and environment 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.L211 : Civil Engineering English Ⅱ
  • CVE.L212 : Civil Engineering English Ⅲ
  • CVE.L310 : Civil Engineering English Ⅳ

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

None

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