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Information, management, communication - principles and methods for the engineer


Programme (detailed contents):

  • The different steps in documentation research
  • The different types of documents
  • Documentation research tools : the internet, commercial databases, catalogues
  • Analyze the pertinence and reliability of a document
  • General understanding of copyright and plagiarism
  • Rules for quoting and writing a bibliography
  • Introduction to written and oral communication skills
  • Learning summary writing methods
  • Help writing a CV and a letter in order to apply for an internship
  • Management principles: references, processes, skills
  • Company environment, structure, functions, and characteristics






  • Class in lecture halls in half-class groups with distance learning workshops (Moodle)
  • Alternating classes and group exercises (10 weeks)
  • Tutored group work for written report and oral presentation (documentation project)



Main difficulties for students:


At the end of this module, the student will have understood and be able to explain (main concepts):

  • Principles and tools of documentation research methods
  • Methodology of concise and structured professional writing (report and summary)
  • Effective oral presentation skills with visuals
  • Management principles, company structure



The student will be able to:

  • Define a bibliographic research strategy
  • Write a bibliography
  • Use basic documentation research methods
  • Write a structured, logical summary in an appropriate format
  • Give an oral presentation using PowerPoint
  • Write a CV and a cover letter applying for an internship
  • Describe the management process
  • Describe the decision-making process
  • Analyze a company’s environment
  • Analyze the strategic position of a company
  • Globally understand the functioning of a company
  • Explain their hierarchical position in a company during an internship

Form of assessment

The evaluation of outcome prior learning is made as a continuous training during the semester. According ot the teaching, the assessment will be different: as a written exam, an oral exam, a record, a written report, peers review...


Transversal handouts :

  • Handout (distributed in class) on oral expression
  • Handout (distributed in class): internship report writing
  • Handout on documentation research + Moodle resources + Moodle platform



  • Classes and online workshops on Moodle
  • Calmé I. et al. (2013), Introduction à la Gestion, Collection Stratégie de l’entreprise, 3ème édition, Dunod, Paris, Bib’INSA : 658 CAL
  • Robbins S. et DeCenzo D. (2014), Management. L’essentiel des concepts et des pratiques, 9ème édition, Pearson Education, Paris, 538 p., Bib’INSA : 658.4 ROB
  • ABCdoc

Service Universitaire de Pédagogie de l’Université Paul Sabatier (Toulouse)



Service des Bibliothèques de l’Université du Québec à Montréal