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Engineering Students' Communication Apprehension and Competence in Technical Oral Presentations

Noor Raha, Mohd Radzuan and Sarjit, Kaur (2016) Engineering Students' Communication Apprehension and Competence in Technical Oral Presentations. In: Handbook of Research on Effective Communication, Leadership, and Conflict Resolution. IGI Global, USA, pp. 371-383. ISBN 9781466699700 (Print); 9781466699717 (Online)

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Abstract

The demand for 21st century engineering graduates to be communicatively competent, particularly in English language, is increasing. Effective communication skills are one of the main competencies listed by the Malaysian Engineering Accreditation Council Policy with the expectation that all Malaysian engineering graduates will master it upon graduation. This involves skills in presenting information to technical and non technical audience through oral presentations. This chapter aims to examine engineering students' communication competence and their level of apprehension in delivering a technical oral presentation. Questionnaires, adapted from McCroskey's (1988) Self-Perceived Communication Competence and Richmond & McCroskey's (1988) Personal Report of Public Speaking Anxiety, were distributed to 193 final year Universiti Malaysia Pahang engineering students who were preparing for their Undergraduate Research presentation. The results of the study have direct and indirect implications to the teaching and learning of oral presentation skills among engineering undergraduates.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Self-Perceived Communication Competence; Technical Oral Presentation
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Faculty/Division: Centre For Modern Languages and Human Sciences
Depositing User: Ms. Hazima Anuar
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2016 03:31
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2018 04:57
URI: http://umpir.ump.edu.my/id/eprint/6771
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