The Year One academic curriculum centers on the twin pillars of Sustainability and Workplace Readiness due to their global relevance and local significance. It consists of three compulsory modules ‐ Understanding & Critiquing Sustainability (GEQ1917), Professional & Academic Communication (ES1601), and Workplace Readiness (WR1401). Each of these modules is year-long and runs concurrently, with overlapping learning outcomes for close integration. Teaching for all three modules is primarily conducted in small group sectional teaching to enable closer teacher-learner interaction.
This module provides an overview of the principles and practices of sustainability from different disciplinary perspectives - engineering, social sciences, built environment, and the sciences. Through inquiry, exploration, application, project work and mentorship by industry leaders, students learn to think critically and ask questions. Students also develop change agent capacity through their ability to implement and test solutions for sustainability challenges. To allow for diversity of perspectives, each project team consists of students from different faculties/schools. The module ends with the Action for Sustainability Symposium, a college administered networking opportunity with Industry partners.
ES1601 Professional & Academic Communication (Communication, 4MC)
This two-semester module focuses on communication in professional and academic contexts. Students will have an opportunity to explore the basic principles, language features, concepts and skills of communication in the workplace as well as the academy. They will then apply these principles and concepts to a variety of audiences, situations and platforms. At the same time, students will be encouraged to develop critical reflection skills namely analysing, evaluating and responding critically to issues and ideas. By situating communication in different contexts, students learn to shape, articulate and express their ideas, thoughts and messages depending on the audience, purpose, media and platform.
WR1401 Workplace Readiness (RVRC requirement, 0MC)
“Workplace readiness” comprises a fundamental set of skills expected by employers across a wide spectrum of jobs. Besides technical and discipline-specific competencies, employers expect employees to have a broad range of skills and attributes that include team-working, communication, leadership, critical thinking, problem-solving and managerial abilities. It is critical that graduates are prepared for employability with this toolkit of knowledge and skills. This module addresses this area of student development by examining and fostering personal and interpersonal effectiveness. The WR1401 learning environment utlilises a unique combination of team and individual sports, experiential learning, seminars and reflective small group discussions. WR1401 is not a credit bearing module but a compulsory requirement for RVRC students.