Context of communication: 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
Ethics in academic communication: Intellectual Property, copyrights and plagiarism; Authorship;
Data ethics; Biases and balanced criticism of literature; Suggested additional topics relevant
to disciplines: Data representation, Group discussion and interviews; accessible scientific
writing, report writing using LaTeX, Proofreading, etc.
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