DH 899 - Communication Skills

Course content
  • Recognizing our capability and roles as professionals
  • Scientific Method: Question and answer aspects of technical communication; Scientific Methodology and its relationship to technical communication;Surveying literature: Categories; reading and organizing scientific literature; search engines and tools.
  • Listening and Note taking: 5-R method and mind-mapping.
  • Technical writing: Report organization; Journal selection;Introduction, conclusion, and abstract writing.Speaking & Presentation skills: Organization of presentation slides (number, content, and formatting); Oralpresentations; Audience/context dependent practices; Nonverbal aspects: body language, eye-contact, personal appearance, facing large audience.Elevator pitch: Pitches for technical audience and policymakers
  • Workplace communication: Sensitivity towards gender and diversity; Email communication and netiquettes.Ethics in academic communication: Intellectual Property,copyrights and plagiarism; Authorship; Data ethics; Biasesand balanced criticism of literature;
  • Suggested additional topics relevant to disciplines: Datarepresentation, Group discussion and interviews; accessible scientific writing, report writing using LaTeX, Proofreading, etc.
  • 1. Alley, Michael The Craft of ScientificPresentations, Springer (2003).
  • 2. Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colomb, and JosephM. Williams, The Craft of Research, The Universityof Chicago Press, 3rd edition, (2008).
  • 3. Keshav. S, How to read a paper. ACM SIGCOMMComp. Commun. Rev., 37:8330222684, 2007.
  • 4. Monippally, M. M., Pawar, B.S. Academic Writing:A Guide for Management Students and Researchers,Response Books, (2010).
  • 5. Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL),https://owl.purdue.edu/
  • 6. Strunk Jr., William; E. B. White, The Elements ofStyle, Fourth Edition, Longman; 4th edition (1999).
  • 7. Truss, Lynne Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The ZeroTolerance Approach to Punctuation Gotham;(2006).
  • 8. Whitesides, George M. Whitesides Group: Writinga Paper, Advanced Materials 16 137530222677 (2004)
Pre-requisite : N/A
Total credits : 6
Type : Non credit
Duration :
Name(s) of other Academic units to whom the course may be relevant : N/A