About this Specialization

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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.
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Flexible Schedule
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Beginner Level
Approx. 4 months to complete
Suggested 5 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English, Arabic
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level
Approx. 4 months to complete
Suggested 5 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English, Arabic

There are 3 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Oral Communication for Engineering Leaders

4.5
stars
65 ratings
16 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Interpersonal Communication for Engineering Leaders

4.7
stars
45 ratings
13 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Writing Skills for Engineering Leaders

4.7
stars
124 ratings
40 reviews

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  • 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. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • There are 3 courses in this Specialization. Based on a weekly commitment of 3-5 hours, you should be able to and aim to complete one module per week. Oral Communication should take 5 weeks and Interpersonal Communication and Writing should each take 4 weeks.

  • No specific background is required—this Specialization is ideal for professional engineers who are interested in advancing into leadership and management roles.

  • You will not earn university credit for completing the Specialization. This Specialization is part of the Certificate in Engineering Management and Leadership from Rice University. Upon completing this Specialization, you will earn a university-recognized professional Certificate.

  • When students have completed this specialization, they will be able to do the following:

    · Apply communication strategy by developing messages and content for different technical and nontechnical audiences and purposes

    · Deliver strong persuasive oral presentations with confidence

    · Write a variety of business and technical documents with clarity and conciseness

    · Target appropriate online media and use them for effective communication

    · Understand how to communicate in global, multigenerational, and gender diverse environments

    · Effectively communicate in a crisis situation

    · Exhibit leadership presence

    · Effectively engage in professional interpersonal communication

    · Develop and implement a personal communication improvement plan

  • We highly recommend that you take the courses in the following order: Oral Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Writing.

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