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ENGL1013 Study and Thinking Skills in English for

Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering

Department of English and Foreign Languages and Linguistics

College of Arts and Letters
Polytechnic University of the Philippines
Sta. Mesa, Manila

Schedule: Monday, 10:30 AM-1:30 PM, CEA406

Instructor: Rafael Michael O. Paz
Contact details:
Consultation hours: TBA

Clearing the paths while laying new foundations to transform the Polytechnic University
of the Philippines into an epistemic community.

Reflective of the great emphasis being given by the countrys leadership aimed at
providing appropriate attention to the alleviation of the plight of the poor, the development of the
citizens, and of the national economy to become globally competitive, the university shall
commit its academic resources and manpower to achieve its goals through:

1. Provision of undergraduate and graduate education which meet international standards of

quality and excellence;
2. Generation and transmission of knowledge in the broad range of disciplines relevant and
responsive to the dynamically-changing domestic and international environment;
3. Provision of more equitable access to higher education opportunities to deserving and
qualified Filipinos; and
4. Optimization, through efficiency and effectiveness, of social, institutional, and individual
returns and benefits derived from the utilization of higher education resources.




The Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering (BSECE) develops engineers with

sufficient background in mathematics, natural/physical sciences and tool courses in
engineering that are necessary to solve problems in the field of Electronics Engineering. It is
composed of academic units in Mathematics, Natural/Physical Sciences, Basic Engineering
Sciences, Allied Courses, Professional Electronics Engineering Courses, Elective Courses,
Social Sciences, Humanities, Languages, Mandated Course, Physical Education, and National
Training Service Program (sic) (PUP Website).
Electronic communications engineering is the utilization of science and math applied to
practical problems in the field of communications. Electronic communications engineers
engage in research, design, development and testing of the electronic equipment used in various
communications systems. It is due to electrical engineers that we enjoy such modern
communication devices as cellular telephones, radios and television Students study topics
such as wireless, digital, data and fiber optic communications (Electronic Communications


Electronic communications engineering prepare students for careers as systems

engineers, research engineers, controls engineers, communication engineers, and electronic
engineers, as well as researchers and university professors (Electronic Communications

This three-unit course is designed to develop students basic communicative skills for
academic study at the university level aligned with the needs of electronics communications
engineering professionals. It engages students to interactive activities (i.e. collaborative reading,
workshop, classroom presentations using computer applications, etc.) that intend to develop
reading and writing skills in both communications systems and texts across major genres. This
course also helps students develop cognitive skills through discussions of practical problems in
field of communications systems and apply them in practicing effective studying and thinking

Lecture hours: 3 Lab. Hours: 0 Number of Units: 3

Pre-requisites, co-requisites: None

On completion of the course, the student is expected to be able to do the following:

1. use appropriate terms, rhetorical patterns, and grammatical structures in writing themes
across genres with emphasis on communications systems;
2. apply reading strategies in the consumption, analysis, and interpretation of text
(communications systems and other meaningful readings across genres, i.e. fiction and
nonfiction) and non-prose forms;
3. apply critical thinking, reading and writing, and listening and speaking skills to
successfully accomplish tasks needed for academic study;
4. demonstrate understanding and application of core Filipino values through effective
expression of thoughts and opinions in discussions and presentations;
5. demonstrate understanding and application of ethical practices in working with and
managing communications systems through required oral and written outputs;
6. demonstrate understanding of issues of national and international interest, especially
issues of utmost interest to electronics and communications systems professionals,
emerging from reading texts and discussions in class; and
7. identify practical applications of oral and written competencies in English language to
managing communications systems.

See attached PDF

(Adapted from Gepila, 2014)
88-100% 76-87% 75% 65-74%
Content C is well focused C is focused on its C sometimes C poorly focuses
on its topic topic strays away from on its topic
C is well C substantiates its topic C fails to
substantiated with topic with relevant C shows substantiate topic
very relevant details substantiation of with numerous
details C creates a clear topic less than irrelevant details
C paints a picture image of subject what is expected C fails to create
of subject C shows the voice with some image of subject
C clearly shows the of learner/writer irrelevant details C does not show
voice of C creates an the voice of
learner/writer image of subject learner/writer
C somehow
shows the voice
of learner/writer
Thesis Cs thesis Cs thesis Cs thesis Cs thesis
Statement statement is clearly statement is stated statement is statement is
stated on the output somehow clearly unclear
Organization C is well organized C is organized C is organized C is not organized
with very effective with effective with some lapses with inconsistent
association of parts association of in the association presentation of
and logical parts and logical of parts and ideas
presentation of presentation of presentation of C uses very few
ideas ideas ideas transitional
C excellently uses C uses transitional C uses limited devices that make
transitional words words and phrases transitional words the output less
and phrases that that contribute to and phrases that clear than
make the whole its cohesion contribute to its expected
output cohesive clarity
Language use C shows C shows C shows C shows some
and editing learner/writers appropriate use of appropriate use of inappropriate use
wide range of English English of English
vocabulary used vocabulary vocabulary with vocabulary that
appropriately C uses appropriate minor deviations hinder clear
C excellently uses rhetorical patterns that hinder clear understanding of
appropriate and devices understanding of output
rhetorical patterns C shows output C shows major
and devices learner/writers C shows lapses in issues in the use of
C shows understanding of the use of some rhetorical patterns
learner/writers rules in writing: rhetorical patterns and devices
mastery of spelling spelling, use of and devices C shows major
English words, as punctuations, C shows minor deviations from
well as use of capitalization, and deviations from rules in writing,
punctuations, paragraph format rules in writing, especially in
capitalization, and especially in spelling, use of
paragraph format spelling, use of punctuations,
punctuations, capitalization, and
capitalization, and paragraph format
paragraph format

Class standing 67% Class standing 67%
Recitations/class participation Recitations/class participation
Quizzes Quizzes
Activities Activities
Attendance Attendance
Attitude Attitude
Midterm examinations 33% Midterm examinations 33%
TOTAL 100%

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1. Students must attend each contact schedule ready with all the materials and outputs
required to be read, discussed, and/or submitted. Students must have also read required
texts at least once before its scheduled discussion.
2. PLAGIARISM IS NEVER TOLERATED. The following penalties will be strictly
implemented in cases when required outputs are proven to contain plagiarized words,
phrases, clauses, sentences, paragraphs, or ideas: First offense automatic failure in the
output; Second offense automatic failure in the output; letter from parent/s/guardian/s
acknowledging the offense; Third offense automatic failure in the course.
3. Requirements must be submitted on time. However, in cases when requirements cannot
be submitted on time for some acceptable reasons, a deduction of no less than 0.25 will
be applied to each output.

Prepared by:

Asst. Prof. Rafael Michael O. Paz

DEFLL Faculty Member

Approved by: Date: 13 June 2016

Dr. Evangelina S. Seril

Dean, CAL