Integrating Communication Skills in a Telecommunication
Jean Armstrong and Jim Royston
School of Electronic Engineering
La Trobe University
This paper describes how written and oral communication skills have been integrated
into a unit of a Telecommunication Engineering course. The principle aim of the unit
is to develop the students lifelong learning skills in Telecommunication Engineering.
To make the unit interesting and relevant, it is based around the topical theme of
digital mobile telephone systems. Students, working in pairs, research one aspect of
the mobile phone system. Classes on the use of the Internet and the library are also
based around this theme. Students present talks and prepare posters on their topics.
These written and oral communication tasks are included, not as an end in themselves,
but as an effective way of encouraging the students to develop lifelong learning skills
including the ability to extract the key points from the mass of technical information
which they have gathered.
A Communication Engineering Stream has recently been introduced to the