Jennifer Amos Marie-Christine Brunet Joan Brown
3242 Everitt Lab 206 Engineering Hall ECEB

Class Assistants: Robin Delara (  and Divya Ashok (


Want to learn to share your passion and to inspire any audience about science and engineering? As engineers, you will impact the health, happiness and safety of our world. Learn the skills to communicate your enthusiasm. This class will concentrate on learning the skills for verbal communication, and the design of effective presentations. It will allow for multiple opportunities to practice what you learned in class.

Meets Monday and Wednesday 9:00-9:50am in 106B3 Engineering Hall and has a discussion session Wed 7:00-8:50pm in 106B3 Engineering Hall (&other room TBD if presentation in class)

Expected Course Outcomes

By the end of class, students will be able to:

Class structure:

Required Materials


Attendance and participation (25%): Expectations are that you will come to class on time for each session. Active participation is expected in icebreaker and lecture portions. Students will be allowed one free absence from class. If students are late (after the bell rings) or are not engaged during class, points will be deducted. For up to one minute late, there will be 0.1 pts off; up until two minutes late, 0.2 pts off, etc.

Writing summaries (30%): Assignments of reading or video critiques will be provided weekly for reflection essays. Will be graded on effort and completion. Journal entries will be submitted here: Journals Submissions. Due the Monday before class (9am) after assigned week.

Presentations (45%): Three presentations are required for the course - one in Week 2, one in week 5, one in week 7. These will be graded by rubric in elocution, content, poise, passion, and adherence to EA style by both peers and instructors.You will also interact with a partner for presentations and team performance will be assessed. Teams will change between initial exercise and end of term. Rubric for first presentations. Rubric for later presentations.

Teams' presentations will be submitted here:Upload Presentations slides in Dropbox

Grading Scale
A+ > 97%
A > 90%
B > 80%
C > 70%
D > 60%
F < 60%

Grades will be maintained in Compass

Because we have class on Wednesday evenings, your other classes must provide a conflict exam in case their exam is on wednesday evening 7-8:50pm; per the Student Code

Schedule (tentative)


MON 9am

WED 9am

Wed Discussion (7pm)




10/21 Class starts - Intro; (Changing the Conversation reading assignment)

10/23 Pair up and make 4-5 slides on theme (no guidance) prep 4 min team presentation


(use class time to draft Presentation slides?)

Journal on Changing
the Conversation
(pp 16-31 only)

(due 10/28 before 9am)

Draft Presentation slides



10/28 Presentation Planning and Rubric Review - Feedback and help on slides

10/30 The problem with Power Point -Various Talks

Upload Presentation Slides in Dropbox. (due 10/30 Before 4pm)


Check Team&Room

Bring Laptop

Presentation Journal (due 11/4 before 9am)



11/4 Communication topics - writing skills, other speaking styles

11/6 Training - Content (Story & Engaging the Audience)

Submit topics HERE (due 11/6 at 6pm)

EA sample talk. Video Critique Session

Keep and Stop Summary

Reflective Journal (due 11/11 before 9am)



11/11 Training - Content (Organization & Analogies)

11/13 Training - Visual Aids (Assertions)

Practice-Office Hours-Mandatory

Check Teams

Reflective Journal (due 11/18 before 9am)

Start Planning your 2nd Presentation (click here for Guidelines)



11/18 Training - Visual Aids (Supporting Images)

Start Planning your 2nd Presentation (click here for Guidelines)

11/20 Training - Delivery (Poise & Elocution)

Upload Presentation Slides in Dropbox. (due 11/20 Before 4pm)



Check Which Room

Bring Laptop

Presentation Journal (due 12/2 before 9am)


Break Nov. 30-Dec.1



Take a break




12/2 Training - Delivery (Passion)

12/4 Training - Purpose of Talk  Creating a memorable experience-with Partner Dynamics

Practice-Office Hours-Mandatory

Reflective Journal (due 12/9 before 9am)



12/9 Training - Conclusion

12/11 Practice-Office Hours

Upload Presentation Slides in Dropbox. (due 12/11 Before 4pm)


Check Which Room and Order

Bring Laptop

LAST Presentation Journal (due on Reading Day 12/12 at 1pm)