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Beginner Level
Approx. 17 hours to complete
English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

25 minutes to complete

Specialization Introduction - Communication for Engineers

25 minutes to complete
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 hour to complete
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

5 hours to complete
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 Quiz30m
Week
2

Week 2

4 hours to complete

Week 2: Developing Paragraphs and Writing Reports

4 hours to complete
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 Quiz30m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Week 3: Clarity and Conciseness

3 hours to complete
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 Quiz30m
Module 3 Quiz30m
Week
4

Week 4

4 hours to complete

Week 4: The Finishing Touches

4 hours to complete
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 Quiz30m

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