The course aims to cultivate students' practical communication skills focusing on eﬀective writing and speaking about scientiﬁc topics. It introduces students on how to eﬀectively communicate their research and it also introduces diﬀerent ways to present scientiﬁc data into various audience.
The course is intended to complement the more extended Technical Discussion (TD) and Technical Writing (TW) classes. Some of the topics covered by Scientiﬁc Communications (SC) are introductory and some are advanced with respect to TD and TW, so that both students who have attended or will attend TD and TW can beneﬁt from taking SC.
By the end of the course, students will be able to
- get accustomed with reading scientific papers.
- learn effective ways in reporting scientific data.
- confidently and effectively connect with the audience.
- address various types of audience.
scientific reporting; scientific paper; written communication; oral communication
|Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||✔ Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
The class has the "write⇨speak⇨communicate" pattern, so contribution from each student is required. There will be practice of scientiﬁc reporting through writing and interaction with everyone in the class. There will also be short reading assignments and some in‒class exercises that will require reactions or opinions of the students.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Course Orientation||-|
|Class 2||Review of Scientiﬁc Method of Analysis ‒Scientiﬁc Process and Scientiﬁc Paper Structure||Learn how scientists work and how they report their work.|
|Class 3||Strategies for Eﬀective Scientiﬁc Communication - Ways of Reporting Experimental Data - Do's and Don'ts for Written and Oral Communication||Learn the various ways including efective techniques of relaying important scientiﬁc ﬁndings.|
|Class 4||Oral Communication Practice - Discussion of Scientiﬁc Issue - Audience Classiﬁcation||Learn to communicate research to various types of audience.|
|Class 5||Enhancing the Impact of Scientiﬁc Oral Communications||Learn to optimize the delivery of an oral presentation or debate, content‒wise and language‒wise|
|Class 6||Enhancing the Impact of Scientiﬁc Communications on Problems and Solutions||Learn to eﬀectively inform and persuade audiences in context of signaling problems and their solutions|
|Class 7||Enhancing the Impact of Scientiﬁc Written Communications||Learn to eﬀectively inform and persuade in writing: content-wise and language‒wise optimization|
None-learning materials will be provided by instructors
60% homework assignments, 40% participation in class activities
Mondays from 14.00 to 16.00 (by appointment)