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Approx. 17 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week...

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Subtitles: English, Arabic
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Learners taking this Course are
  • Machine Learning Engineers
  • Engineers
  • Project Managers
  • Software Engineers
  • Business Analysts
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Learners taking this Course are
  • Machine Learning Engineers
  • Engineers
  • Project Managers
  • Software Engineers
  • Business Analysts

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Beginner Level

Approx. 17 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
25 minutes to complete

Specialization Introduction - Communication for Engineers

3 videos (Total 8 min), 4 readings
3 videos
Meet the Professor - Dr. Beata Krupa1m
Introduction to the Specialization4m
4 readings
Course Icon Legend2m
Required Materials and Other Info5m
Personal Communication Plan - Specialization Level Activity - Introduction5m
Pre-Course Survey5m
1 hour to complete

Course Introduction - Writing Skills for Engineers

1 video (Total 5 min), 6 readings
6 readings
General Course Information5m
Peer Review Guidelines5m
Discussion Forum Guidelines5m
Accessibility and Accommodations Statement5m
Resources5m
Using, Editing, and Submitting Documents in This Course5m
5 hours to complete

Week 1: Things to Know Before You Begin

8 videos (Total 51 min), 4 readings, 3 quizzes
8 videos
Strategy Refresh3m
The Writing Process7m
Formatting for Readability5m
Figures and Tables11m
Email: Thinking and Planning7m
Email: Writing Your Message6m
Email: Finishing and Sending7m
4 readings
Think About It10m
"What to Use When" Template and Graphics Checklist10m
Resources10m
Personal Communication Plan – (Course 3) Week 1: Diagnose Your Skills20m
1 practice exercise
Module 1 Quiz20m
Week
2
4 hours to complete

Week 2: Developing Paragraphs and Writing Reports

9 videos (Total 48 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
9 videos
Topic Sentences and Unity7m
ABCs of Paragraph Development6m
Organizing Principles 14m
Organizing Principles 26m
Cohesion 1 (Echo Words, Transitions)6m
Cohesion 2 (Known To New)4m
Paragraph FAQs3m
Reports6m
4 readings
Think About It5m
Map a Paragraph20m
Review of Writing Sample20m
Personal Communication Plan – (Course 3) Week 2: Diagnose Your Skills20m
1 practice exercise
Module 2 Quiz20m
Week
3
3 hours to complete

Week 3: Clarity and Conciseness

8 videos (Total 44 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
8 videos
Clear Sentence Structure5m
Using Strong Verbs4m
Vague to Specific3m
Voice7m
Word Choice7m
Wordiness4m
Proposals9m
3 readings
Think About It10m
Review Writing Sample45m
Personal Communication Plan - (Course 3) Week 3: Diagnose Your Skills20m
2 practice exercises
Practice Quiz4m
Module 3 Quiz20m
Week
4
4 hours to complete

Week 4: The Finishing Touches

9 videos (Total 51 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
9 videos
Writing Introductions and Conclusions8m
Executive Summary5m
Writing as a Team7m
Writing for Electronic Media8m
FAQs - Sentences6m
FAQs - Pronouns5m
FAQs - Punctuation6m
Course Completion!1m
6 readings
Think About It10m
"What You Read Matters More Than You Might Think ..."20m
TED talk15m
Review Writing Sample45m
Personal Communication Plan - (Course 3) Week 4: Diagnose Your Skills20m
End of Course Survey10m
1 practice exercise
Module 4 Quiz20m
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Top reviews from Writing Skills for Engineering Leaders

By RRJul 21st 2017

Learned a lot on how to build paragraphs and use active voice instead of passive. Little details really make a difference when communicating in writing.

By CKMay 4th 2018

A course for every one. Good representation of the different aspects of writing.

Instructors

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Gayle Moran

Lecturer in Professional and Engineering Communication
Rice Center for Engineering Leadership
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Beata Krupa

Lecturer in Professional and Engineering Communication
Rice Center for Engineering Leadership

About Rice University

Rice University is consistently ranked among the top 20 universities in the U.S. and the top 100 in the world. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy....

About the Communication Skills for Engineers Specialization

Build a toolkit of communication skills that will give you the knowledge and confidence to be an effective engineering leader. Engineers who want to advance in their profession need to be effective communicators. They need to clearly communicate complex ideas and technical project plans. They also need to be strong persuaders. Engineers who are good communicators get recognized by their supervisors and by their clients. In this three-course Specialization, you will practice designing and giving strong, persuasive presentations; you will learn how to communicate across cultures, genders, and generations, how to create your personal brand and leadership presence, how to hold effective meetings with global teams; you will learn how to handle difficult conversations, and how to handle crisis communication; you will also learn writing skills immediately applicable in your daily activities. Courses are taught by faculty from the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership (RCEL). RCEL is focused on developing engineering leaders at the Rice University’s George R. Brown School of Engineering. It is home to one of a very few academically approved Certificates in Engineering Leadership....
Communication Skills for Engineers

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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