Final Report of the CUP Subcommittee on the Communication Requirement

Appendix E

Summary Of Departmental Reports On Preexisting,
Pilot, And Planned Communication-Intensive Activities

The following table lists all Communication-Intensive Activities in major programs identified by departments and the CUP Subcommittee. Activities in each department are broken down into pre-existing activities (activities that were already in place prior to the start of the Communication Initiative in Fall 1998), pilot projects (activities developed during the Communication Initiative), and planned projects (activities that have not yet occurred but that are already planned and staffed). Clearly, these data are incomplete, probably omitting some effective subjects in department programs. They do, however, display the rich infrastructure of developed and planned activities that will support the new requirement.

Course Subject or Activity % of Majors Writing Assignments Presentation Assignments Nature of Instruction & Feedback
Pre-Existing Activities
. 1.107 55% 12 short lab reports; 1 group Poster presentation by team of final project. In the future, some of the short lab reports will be replaced by a major project report.  Team presentation of final project. Lecture by instructor on format of reports, poster, and oral presentation. 

Instructor grades reports for both content and effectiveness of communication. There is also oral feedback from instructor.

. 1.170 100% Letter of intent; Proposal; Progress report; Final report. Brainstorming; Oral Progress report; Oral final project presentation. ACS film on speaking techniques. Grading and one-on-one meeting with instructor.
. 1.108 88% Lab notebook; group project report. Final project presentation. Written feedback by instructor.
. 1.160 95% Evaluation of one large case study. . Written feedback by instructor.
. 1.30 93% 3 Team design reports. . Lecture on technical report writing by instructor. Written feedback to team on the quality of presentation techniques and technical content. Grading by instructor.
. 1.51 93% 2 Team projects. 2 individual presentations. Instruction and grading in studio.
. 1.160 64% Submit report, revise, and then submit again. Team presentation of final results. Lecture on presentation by instructor. Optional communication practicum taught by PWHS lecturer, who also provides feedback on reports of students not in the practicum.
. 1.040 51% Weekly reading summaries; 2 Team reports. 2 Team oral reports. Written feedback by instructor.
. 1.204 71% Team project report. Team project presentation. Oral feedback.
. 1.32 92% Term paper. . Lecture and handout by instructor. Feedback from PWHS staff. Instructor bases 30% of grade on clarity of technical presentation.
. 1.042, 1.0441, 1.44, 1.043 83% Weekly journal; Case studies. Regular oral presentations throughout term. Weekly instruction in writing and speaking by instructor. Weekly grading of written materials.
. 1.011 88% 7 one-paragraph assignments; Team project; one-page status report; Term paper. 3 Team oral presentation (all students present). Extensive instruction in lectures and handouts. Instructor feedback on each activity and on end-of-term portfolio.
. 1.103 88% 10 written lab reports. . Lecture on technical report writing by instructor. Written feedback by instructor to teams on quality of presentation and technical content.
. 1.041 75% Several individual assignments. One major 150 page team project. Occasional short presentations. Major final presentation by entire class team. Instructor critiques dress rehearsal of oral presentation and provides extensive feedback on oral and written presentations.
Planned projects
1.032 . Written group design report. Team presentation. Instruction and grading by instructor.
. 1.106 . Lab reports. . Written feedback.
Pre-existing activities
. 2.671 100% Written lab team reports. Oral representations. Lecture on communication by PWHS staff. Tutorials with PWHS staff on drafts of 2.671 papers. Feedback on quality of writing from PWHS.
. 2.008 100% Paragraph-long answers on weekly problem sets. . Feedback on problem sets by TAs.
. 2.009 100% Team product design specifications; individually written peer design review. Weekly in-class presentations; Team oral presentations of product ideas; Team oral presentation of mockup; Team final design presentation.  Peer feedback on oral assignments. Feedback on written assignments from instructional staff and industry sponsors. 
. 2.96 20% Team business plan proposal. Several short individual weekly assignments. Weekly team discussions and presentations. Peer review. Feedback from instructional staff.
Pilot projects
2.672 45% 2 Written team lab reports. Oral presentation of lab projects. Extensive discussion of written report format and oral presentation techniques in Course Manual. Group tutorials with PWHS staff on draft on lab report. Feedback from instructional staff on oral and written reports. 
Pre-existing activities
. 3.081 100% Individual long research reports, short industrial memoranda. . Lectures on report format by instructional staff and staff from PWHS. Writing evaluated by MS&E and PWHS staff.
. 3.082 100% Two group design proposals and final reports. Weekly progress reports; two formal design presentations. MS&E staff provide instruction in preparation of visual aids and real-time critique of both content and style of oral reports; written reports are marked-up and returned for revision as necessary. 
. 3Thu


100%  Thesis or final internship report. Formal presentation to audience of faculty and students. One-on-one instruction by faculty supervisor or advisor.
Pilot projects
3.931 . . . Adding tutorials by PWHS staff.
Pre-existing activities
. 4.605 100% Several papers on architectural history. . Instructor provides writing instruction and feedback.
. 4.250J, 4.264, 4.641, or 4.651 75% Several long papers. . Instructor provides writing instruction and feedback.
Pilot projects
4.131, 4.132 90% Short summary of design project.  Several studio presentations of design. Students in all senior design seminars participate in tutorials conducted by the PWHS. In these tutorials, students practice their design presentations, review videotapes of the presentation with the tutor, and revise their written design reports.
Pre-existing activities
. 5.32 100% Students write a 9-12 "Literature Report" that reviews a subject of current interest selected by the instructor. Each student participates in a 15-20 minute "pre-oral" exam with the TA prior to the beginning of each experiment and students also deliver a 20-minute final report after completion of each assignment. PWHS staff gives one-hour lecture and detailed handout describing how to write a literature review. Each literature report is reviewed by two different graduate TA's who focus their evaluation on content and scientific accuracy. The report is then reviewed by writing program staff who give feedback on the quality of writing.
. 5.33 100% Each student prepares a written report (12-15 pages pf text) on one experiment. The report's format is that of a technical report for a research supervisor rather than that of a journal article. For three experiments, students present a 15-minute oral report to a pair of TAs after completing each experiment. In addition, teams of three students each prepare a scientific poster describing their work on one experiment and use it in a joint 15-minute presentation to a pair of Teaching Assistants. .
Pilot projects
5.21 18% Second-term seniors jointly prepare a 30-page original research proposal by the end of the term. Each student is required to prepare several oral literature and progress reports. The climax of the course is a site visit by a panel of distinguished external scientists who evaluate the proposed project after reading the proposal and listening to a 2 1/2 hour team oral presentation.  Chemistry faculty and PWHS staff jointly instruct students in writing, oral communication, teamwork, creative-thinking, and literature search through four 90-minute "Skills Workshops."
. 5.Thu 5% Students now have an option of preparing an undergraduate thesis.  . Work with advisor. Only 2-3 students per year have selected this option.
. Undergraduate Chemistry Research Symposium 16% . Ten students presented posters and several undergraduates delivered talks on their research. Feedback from audience.
Planned projects
5.32 & 5.33 . . . Additional lectures and instructional material on oral presentations.
Pre-existing activities
. 6.033 85% Weekly one-page reading reports; one individually authored design report; one team authored design report. Brief group presentation and review in recitation sections of team design report. Two lectures on writing from PWHS. About 20% of 6.033 students also enroll in optional associated Communication Practicum offered by PWHS. PWHS staff evaluated first set of one-page reading reports and then return them students. All of the reading reports are also evaluated by TA's in the class. The design reports are evaluated by faculty members teaching recitation sections. In addition, students can have their first design report evaluated by PWHS faculty for Phase Two. Students now have the option to meet with PWHS staff members grading their assignments in dedicated tutorials before the assignment is handed in. 
Pilot projects
6.021J 15% Two team laboratory proposals and two team laboratory reports.

Short weekly writing assignments.

Students give oral reports on laboratory projects. Optional writing clinics for to the two large required laboratory reports. Aided by Professor Freeman and his TA's and a lecturer from the PWHS Undergraduate Writing Cooperative, students reviewed and revised their own team papers and reviewed papers by other students. 
Planned projects
6.163 10% Students write lab reports on experiments. Students give oral presentations on experimental design and results. PWHS staff will lecture on oral presentations and provide supplementary handouts. In addition, PWHS will videotape practice student presentations and review them with students.
. Communication Seminars attached to M. Eng Thesis and AUP 100%  Students will write long thesis proposal or proposal for Advanced Undergraduate Project.  Seminar will require several practice and one final oral presentation of project proposal. Evaluation of technical content of thesis / AUP supervisor. All other instruction and evaluation by PWHS staff.
Pre-existing activities
. 7.02 100% + 100 other students Students write four 5-7 page laboratory report. . Minimal instruction in writing by staff.
. 7.13, 7.14, 7.15 40-50% Students write final 10-page report end of term. Students present oral progress reports at group meeting. Minimal instruction and feedback.
. 7.28 50% Most students write optional 10-page report. . Feedback from instructional staff.
. UROP 70-90% Students write short proposal and report. In some labs, students give oral presentations. Instruction and feedback highly variable among different research laboratories.
Pilot projects
7.13, 7.14, 7.15 40-50% Students write proposals, group meeting reports, final reports, and in some cases, 2-page article reviews and reviews of other students' papers. Students give formal proposal presentation, oral progress reports at group meeting, and a final presentation of their research. Materials developed by project lab staff and PWHS writing tutors on scientific report writing. Presentations by writing tutors on specific topics on scientific report writing and oral presentations. One-on-one tutorials between students and tutors at various stages of the course and of the writing process.
. Biology Undergraduate Journal 50% Students submit research article, proposal, or literature review with technical and non-technical abstract   . Article reviewed by writing tutors, editor, and faculty reviewers. Students meet with PWHS tutors before submitting their papers for faculty review. 
Planned projects
7.02 100% + 100 other students Students write four 5-7 page laboratory report. . PWHS Staff will review a laboratory report and an abstract. They may also hold group tutorials.
. UROP Seminars 50% Students who fulfil department laboratory requirement through UROP will take seminar. Students will write and revise proposals, progress reports, and laboratory reports. Students will give oral presentations on their UROP work. Instruction by PWHS Staff will be similar to that integrated into 7.13, 7.15. 7.16, and 7.17. 
Pre-existing activities
. 8.13, 8.14 100% Students perform classic experiments and then write formal reports. Students give oral reports on experiments. Instruction in writing and speaking by 8.13-8.14 staff, who also provide feedback.
. 8Th 100% Students write thesis. . Instruction and feedback from Thesis advisor.
Pilot projects
8.059 100% Students write a professional paper on a topic in theoretical quantum physics, which is published at the end-of-term. . Students are given materials on how to write a theoretical physics paper, including example papers. Trained Physics TAs review drafts of papers. Students also peer review each other's papers. Students revise papers based on feedback of reviews.
Pre-existing activities
. 7.02 75% See above. . .
Pilot projects
9.63 75% Students write laboratory reports. . PWHS lecturer give presentations on writing research proposals and laboratory reports. Feedback provided by 9.63 staff.
Planned projects
7.02 75% . . See above.
. Laboratory Subjects 100% Students write laboratory reports. Students give reports on laboratory projects. PWHS will give presentations and provide feedback.
Pre-existing activities
. 7.02 50% See above. . .
. 10.26, 10.27 100% Proposals, final technical reports. Oral presentations on projects. Most students enroll in attached Communication Practicum offered by PWHS. In addition, PWHS lecturer gives presentations on technical report writing and oral presentation. Feedback from PWHS staff and from 10.26 or 10.27 staff.
. 10.490 /10.491 100% Three written project reports. . Feedback from 10.490 / 10.491 staff. 
Pilot projects
10.200 10-20 Persuasive communication covered two case studies The students picked one of the topics and individually prepared memos arguing for one or another specified position. Students gave team oral presentations. See above.
Planned projects
7.02 . . . See above.
Pre-existing activities
. 11.007J 80% Four 7-10 page written case studies . Instructor provides feedback on each paper.
. 11.123 80% Week one-page written assignments. Final long paper. Student oral presentations. Instruction and feedback by instructor.
. 11.188 80% Web-based presentation. Two-page evaluation of process. Group oral presentation. .
. 11Th 80% Thesis.  Oral presentation of thesis. Four class /lab periods are devoted to preparing and evaluating assignments. =46eedback in final presentation is given immediately afterwards,
Pre-existing activities
. 14.32 100% Econometrics report. . Feedback on quality of writing from PWHS.
Pilot projects
. . . . .
Planned projects
14.33 100% Students write 5-7 page "model and results" section; 1-2 page final project proposal; 12 page draft report of final project; revision of final project. Formal presentation by each student of final project Instruction by 14.33 staff in communicating effectively using different media. Extensive feedback by staff to papers and oral presentation.
Pre-existing activities
. 15.279 100% Group report. Short managerial memoranda. Individual and group oral presentations. Extensive feedback and instruction from Sloan Communications Faculty and Staff.
. Various Sloan subjects. . Case studies. Reports . Feedback from instructor.
Planned projects
15.281 ? Individual and group reports. Group and individual presentations in a variety of formats. Extensive feedback and instruction from Sloan Communications Faculty and Staff.
Pre-existing activities
. 16.00 25% Problem sets require written answers. Students are required to turn in a design portfolio in electronic form at the end of the term. Students deliver a formal multimedia Preliminary Design Review (PDR) and a Critical Design Review. Extensive feedback and instruction by staff.
. 16.010-16.040 100% Students write 12 short individual and team reports in addition to a long team conceive-design-implement-and-operate (CDIO) report. Students give team oral presentation of CDIO report. Extensive feedback by staff.
. 16.621/16.622 100% Students write one short proposal and then four long proposals and reports. Five formal oral presentations. Most students take the PWHS Practicum attached to 16.621. There is also extensive instruction and feedback from 16.621 / 16.622 staff and other department faculty.
. 16.82 50% Final written report. Concept review presentation; PDR Presentation; CDR Presentation; Final Design Presentation. Substantial instruction and feedback from subject staff.
. 16.83 50% Group written Requirements Document and full Design Report Two 20 minute formal viewgraph presentations per student. Contribution to four annotated viewgraph packages. Substantial instruction and feedback from subject staff.
Pilot projects
16.684 25% Three-term CDIO subjects. Teams of students write various reports each term including drafts of Requirements Document and Design Document. Teams develop viewgraph packages. One 30 minute for viewgraph presentation per term. Most students enroll in attached PWHS Communications Practicum. Substantial instruction and feedback from subject staff.

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