PROFESSIONAL REVIEW essays will not in future be marked down for errors in spelling and grammar under proposals being put forward by the ICE, NCE can reveal.
ICE reviewers will be asked to re-evaluate their marking procedures under proposals to 'reposition the essay within the Professional Review process'. ICE Council is expected to vote on the proposals next month.
ICE President Professor George Fleming, will address the annual general meeting of reviewers on 28 January to outline the plans.
He said he would like to see mistakes in grammar, spelling and syntax overlooked if candidates show themselves to be 'excellent' communicators in other ways.
He said: 'Excellent essays are being marked down as Cs because of bad syntax. More emphasis is needed on oralcommunication skills as the barometer of the engineer's communication skill. I still ask the question: 'Is the essay the true test?' My gut feeling is that it is not. We need to change the way we mark the essay.'
A professional development paper re-evaluating the role of the essay in the professional review process was expected to go before the ICE's executive committee this week.