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Specialization
100% online

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Hours to complete

Approx. 28 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 5-7 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Specialization Introduction - Communication for Engineers

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Reading
3 videos (Total 8 min), 4 readings
Video3 videos
Meet the Professor - Dr. Gayle Moran2m
Introduction to Specialization4m
Reading4 readings
Course Icon Legend10m
Required Materials and Other Info10m
Personal Communication Improvement Plan - Introduction3m
Pre-Course Survey10m
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Course Introduction - Oral Communication for Engineering Leaders

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Reading
1 video (Total 3 min), 4 readings
Reading4 readings
General Course Information10m
Capstone Real-Life Presentation Assignment - Introduction5m
Discussion Forum Guidelines10m
Accessibility and Accommodations Statement10m
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Week 1: Introduction and Communication Strategy: It Is All About Audience and Purpose

In this module, you’ll learn how to lay the foundation for a variety of communication modes with a discussion on developing a communication strategy and the importance of knowing your audience, your purpose, and your key message before you start communicating. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 15 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
Video6 videos
Communication Strategy2m
Who Is Your Audience?5m
What Do You Want From Your Audience?1m
What Do You Want Your Audience to Remember?2m
Choosing Medium2m
Reading1 reading
Personal Communication Improvement Plan - Week 115m
Quiz1 practice exercise
End of Module 1 Quiz8m
Week
2
Hours to complete
6 hours to complete

Week 2: Presentations: What to Say so that Your Audience Listens

In today’s workplace, formal and informal presentations are a major communication tool, and leaders give them frequently for different purposes. In this module, you’ll learn how to create different types of oral presentations. You will also practice building strong, cohesive, visually interesting, and convincing persuasive presentations that will get your audience on board with your ideas. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 34 min), 5 readings, 5 quizzes
Video7 videos
How to Develop and Organize Content4m
Pyramid Building Demonstration3m
Inductive vs. Deductive Structure2m
Key Presentation Elements10m
Principles of Persuasion5m
Storytelling Power6m
Reading5 readings
Analyze Steve Job's Presentation20m
Drone Pyramid - Build Your Own Logical Pyramid for a Presentation30m
Reading from Engineers Journal10m
Samples of Presentation Openings10m
Personal Communication Improvement Plan - Week 215m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Steve's iPod Presentation Structure15m
Drone Pyramid Excercise5m
Module 2 Quiz8m
Week
3
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Week 3: Creating Visual Support: A Picture Is Worth a Lot of Words

Develop good visual support for your content. Learn how to create attractive slides and other types of visuals. Especially important for engineers, you’ll find out how to show and explain complex data so your audience understands it. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 25 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
Video6 videos
When, How, and Why to Use Supporting Visuals5m
More Visual Support Tools3m
How to Show Complex Data6m
More Data Visualization Options4m
Beyond PPT... Prezi, Infographics3m
Reading3 readings
How to Present Data30m
Examples of Animated Infographics5m
Personal Communication Improvement Plan - Week 315m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 3 Quiz8m
Week
4
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Week 4: How to Speak so that Your Audience Listens

Once you have your content developed and your visual support finished, you need to deliver the presentation. That means you have to stand in front of an audience, small or large, and keep them interested in what you have to say. Many things contribute to an engaging presentation, from professional body language to how fast you talk. In this module, you’ll learn and practice the many aspects of delivering a professional presentation with confidence. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 27 min), 6 readings, 3 quizzes
Video6 videos
How to Manage Body Language5m
What to Do with Your Hands4m
Using Voice as a Tool to Communicate Your Message8m
How to Coordinate a Team Presentation4m
Answering Questions, Prep, and Rehearsing3m
Reading6 readings
Activities to Practice Professional Stance10m
Activities to Practice Purposeful Gestures10m
Activities to Practice Effective Voice10m
Activities to Practice Engaging Eye Contact10m
Optional - Apps to Practice Public Speaking10m
Personal Communication Improvement Plan - Week 415m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 4 Quiz8m
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Top Reviews

By SZMar 22nd 2017

Thanks for this class. It effectively delivers the basic and important details about oral communication. Both the slides and the content are well organized. Thanks !

By KADec 14th 2017

Very practical course, involves a lot of peer graded assignments. A great opportunity to practice and improve your oral communication skills.

Instructors

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Beata Krupa

Lecturer in Professional and Engineering Communication
Rice Center for Engineering Leadership
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Gayle Moran

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

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