Building graduate capabilities to communicate research and plans successfully

Timothy L.J. Ferris, Elena Sitnikova, Andrea H. Duff

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This paper describes a strategy used to develop skills in research and communication among a cohort of postgraduate masters students. This took place in Engineering Research Practice (ERP), where most of the students were international with English as an additional language (EAL). The paper evaluates the combined effect of a change in course assessment processes and the introduction of a program of English for Academic purposes (EAP). We determined that tightly scaffolded curriculum and assessment design, combined with discipline-specific writing support, resulted in higher quality work.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)891-899
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Engineering Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Communication skills
  • Engineering research methods
  • International students
  • Scaffolded assessment


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