This assignment strengthened professional correspondence by learning from sample documents and adhering to verbal and written instructions in a professional context. The main challenge in drafting a successful cover letter is in conveying the required information in a concise and courteous manner while making it personalized. Composing this letter also took me through the good practice of addressing companies by personalized letters for the specific company/recruiter. The perfect cover letter can only be crafted by knowing the right practices and getting constructive feedback. This assignment enabled me to hone my writing skills and understand the anatomy of a cover letter well.
The objective of this assignment was to explain emerging technology to a variety of audiences efficiently using appropriate methods. The main challenge here was explaining the same technical concept to two contrasting audiences; high school students and experts in the field. I began by preparing a rough layout of the info to be presented. I prepared the content by adhering to the 7 C's to keep it clear and concise while considering the ethos, logos and pathos of the message being shared. The axioms of communication guided the process to address all the key points. I proceeded to design these documents being mindful of each audience. Figures were added to support the understanding of the content. This assignment was fun and insightful at the same time. Explaining the same info to different kind of people tuned my writing skills to create audience-centred content.
Software Requirements Specification Document
The course ENG2003: Effective Engineering Communication is great practice for professional communication practices
that every student should be familiar with. All the assignments test your professional writing and critical thinking to bring out your best work.
Reflecting on the objectives of this course, learning into the axioms of communication and the 7 C's have strengthened effective communication
verbally and visually in a professional context. However, the sections for punctuation, grammar and style for emails, resumes and cover letters should
have been on an advanced level and not just an introduction. I was also not satisfied with the Effective Presentation section of the course since it
was very similar to presentations in the other ENG courses, not so effective. This was understandable due to the sudden transition to distance learning.
The most interesting part of the course for me was the creation of the Technical Report. The challenge in creating a ten page technical document was rewarding
and improved my ability to communicate engineering concepts. Finally, this reflection itself is a great activity to gather your thoughts about the progress through
the course and assess your skills. Overall, the course helped in improving effective communication but diving deeper in some parts would have been satisfying.
An important bit of the course is identifying and assessing your skills to compare your growth as an effective communicator. My most valuable takeaway from this course is definitely my improved technical communication ability. This proved valuable since you are required to document and communicate your work in a clear and concise manner as a software engineer. As a whole, the course helped me build confidence in communication through practice from the assignments. The practice from this course also proved helpful in the software development cycle of the project that I have mentioned below. Keeping the axioms of communication and 7 C's in your mind is good practice while creating any meaningful document. This workflow was reinforced during the hunt for an interesting summer job. The process involved crafting unique resumes and several cover letters and emails. I wrote an elegant research interest statement to earn a summer research positon. This experience highlighted the value of the course activities. Another comparison to evaluate growth through this course is between the poster for academic experts and the technical report. Both of these documents were targeted at the same audience and required the same kind of language. The style of writing and the clarity of explanations are better in the technical report compared to the poster on the same topic. This was developed through the critical feedback received from the peer assessment activities. Finally, the last key takeaway that contributed to the growth in effective communication is the ability to convey information concisely. This was supplemented by the poster and back of the napkin video assignments since the constraints involved required concise delivery of the concept. This niche set of skills that I improved upon through the duration of the course is crucial in my career goals and expressing myself.
I am a photographer by passion and enjoy capturing moments that humans are too busy to notice in our daily hustle. I am also into film and shoot videos. Some of my work is on my instagram linked here. Another one of my creative outlets is graphic design. I enjoy creating content and document almost all of my life. My parallel interest in software makes me explore any kind of technology involving cameras and design.
An interesting project I got to work on this semester is a desktop application in a full software development cycle.
The code repository is linked below.