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Type: Conference paper
Title: Integrating communication skills into the computer science curriculum
Author: Falkner, K.
Falkner, N.
Citation: SIGCSE'12 - Proceedings of the 43rd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, held in Raleigh, NC, USA, 29 February-3 March, 2012: pp.379-384
Publisher: ACM
Publisher Place: USA
Issue Date: 2012
ISBN: 9781450310987
Conference Name: ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (43rd : 2012 : Raleigh, NC)
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Katrina Falkner and Nickolas J.G. Falkner
Abstract: Computer Science majors must be able to communicate effectively. Industry surveys identify the development of communication and critical thinking skills as key to the reform of the higher education sector. However, academics are challenged by time and discipline content pressures, as well as a lack of familiarity with the teaching and assessment of communication skills content. There is considerable existing work in the area of communication skills development, positioned both in terms of curriculum guidelines for effective communication skills development, and example communication skills activities. However, this research is deficient in detailed, contextualised methodologies and frameworks for the development of communication skills within the Computer Science curriculum. We present a new methodology, building upon well established theoretical frameworks, designed to assist academics in the development of communication skills activities integrated with discipline content across the curriculum. We illustrate this methodology in the design of a CS1/CS2 communication skills course.
Keywords: Communication skills; curriculum design; CS1/CS2
Rights: Copyright 2012 ACM
RMID: 0020118165
DOI: 10.1145/2157136.2157248
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