‘Effective Communications again!’, I grumbled. Ever since I took a similar module in Polytechnic I never really like doing effective communications. It’s just plain boring and dry but my perspective was wrong. I could still recall, on the very first lesson when Brad wanted us to address him as Brad instead or Prof and immediately form us into a group to do some question and answer session, I knew this module was going to be different from the one I did before and yes, I was right. Effective communications under Brad’s guidance was very engaging and I had picked up a lot of knowledge from him which I will share in this post.
Reader response and Summary writing was the first assignment that we had to complete. Initially, it seems like a simple assignment but as I was doing it, I came to realize that there were different aspects of readers response and summary writing that I need to consider. Back in my secondary school days, writing a summary simply means to write a brief description of the information. However, now I learned, before writing reader response and summary I must first annotate the information, highlight critical information, paraphrase it and lastly providing a strong thesis statement. Through the instructional units and links from Symbaloo provided I have been able to manage and learn how to write a proper readers response and summary writing. On top of that, I was introduced to the various referencing format such as APA and IEE style format.
However, the key takeaway from this module would be the last assignment. My team and I had to come out with an engineering problem and proposed a solution to the problem. The assignment consists of preparing a technical report as well as a formal presentation. We choose to implement iStepUp, a mechanism which improves the accessibility of the elderly or a wheelchair bound person negotiating in and out of their house. It felt like it was just yesterday that we had our first discussion on the different topic we would like to work on. After ample of meet ups and walking on ground surveying house owners, elderly and wheelchair bound person we gain valuable yet emotional experience. Bottom-line, I am very grateful and thankful to be part of Team Train! Thank you FAZIRA and MINGKANG for the great job done!
In conclusion, I truly did enjoy this module. As a saying goes “Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice”, I hope that I can apply the knowledge I’ve acquired from this module and apply it in the future to come.
HASTA LA VISTA!
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