Politecnico di Milano
Communication skills for engineering scholars
Politecnico di Milano

Communication skills for engineering scholars

Taught in English

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Nicoletta Di Blas

Instructor: Nicoletta Di Blas


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Beginner level

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7 hours to complete
3 weeks at 2 hours a week
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What you'll learn

  • Rhetoric and argumentation, how to be clear and persuasive in the domain of engineering studies.

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There are 5 modules in this course

In this week, you will learn the first three canons of rhetoric: invention (how to find what to say), arrangement (how to organize what to say) and style (how to “dress ideas in words”). Moreover, you will learn how to take into consideration the “common ground” (mutual knowledge, beliefs…) between you and your addressee as a fundamental pre-requisite for good communication.

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5 videos2 readings1 quiz

In this week, you will learn some elements of argumentation theory: what we mean by “argumentation”, how we reason when making arguments and based on what assumptions, some examples of argumentation strategies as well as of “fallacies”.

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5 videos2 readings1 quiz2 discussion prompts

In this week, you will learn some tricks on how to enhance your public speaking: how to use your voice, gestures, movements; how to deal with the time you are given; how to prepare your slides. Eventually, you will “experience” what it means to listen.

What's included

5 videos2 readings1 quiz

In this week, you will learn the basics of grant-writing: how to structure your proposal, write a powerful executive summary and “get ahead” of the reviewer.

What's included

5 videos2 readings1 quiz

In this week, you will learn how to structure a scientific paper, write a good abstract, not drawn in the state of the art and show that the results are valuable.

What's included

6 videos2 readings1 quiz1 discussion prompt


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4.8 (7 ratings)
Nicoletta Di Blas
Politecnico di Milano
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