McCowan Socio-Technical Services
Historic Sites in Scarborough Heights
Bringing Society and Engineering
D. Bruce McCowan, P. Eng., OCT
Information Processing Program
Decision-Making for Engineers
Communication is certainly a core value for everyone in society, including
engineers. In many cases the mere analysis and summary of a situation can make the
difference between "good judgement" and "poor judgement".
Of course, for the purposes of engineering decision-making, the "more
useful presentation" must clearly go to the heart of the technical matter. In
other words, the "writing" is key. A poorly written argument will convince no one
of the dangers of a particular path of action.
This Lesson Plan for information processing uses local history as a catalyst -- in particular, how writing can be used as a very critical element in the learning and decision-making processes. Although intended primarily for senior high school students, I can adapt the lesson plan for an "Engineers and the Social Sciences" evening course.
My Information Processing program begins at this Educational Resource.