Course Information for 7071 - Proposal Writing and Presentation II
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Primary Instructor: Patrick A. Tresco
Credits: 2.0
Semesters Offered:Spring
Frequency Offered:Annual
Prerequisites:BE 7070
Class Schedule: Th 3:00-4:20
Catalog Description: This is the second semester of course, the goal of which is to prepare PhD students for relevant forms of scientific presentation, especially written proposals and oral proposals and defenses. The core elements of scientific writing will, of course, be useful in a broader range of settings, however, the course will include limited coverage of scientific papers but will rather focus on the preparation of a thesis proposal and a PhD thesis document. Similarly, the course will include many general concepts and practices of oral presentation but rather than conference presentations will focus on the unique setting of the proposal and thesis defense. The course will be practice oriented with many opportunities to develop, present, and receive feedback and constructive criticism. Students will also participate in the review process and thus develop the skills of evaluating written and oral presentations. We will use examples from a range of disciplines with the recurring goal of identifying the elements that make presentations great. The main target audience for the course are PhD students who are in at least their second year of training and thus should be preparing for the PhD proposal and proposal defense. Undergraduate students take the Senior Projects course to begin the development of presentation skills and it will be rare for undergraduates to receive permission to take this course. MS students will be accepted and their goals somewhat modified to align with the expectation of the program and future careers as engineers.
Required Texts:Scientific Writing and Communication, by Angelika Hofmann, Oxford University Press. Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace by Joseph Williams and Joseph Bizup, Pearson, 2014.
Optional Texts:The Naked Presenter: Delivering Powerful Presentations With or Without Slides} by Garr Reynolds, New Riders, 2011. Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery by Garr Reynolds, New Riders, 2008. Presentation Zen Design: Simple Design Principles and Techniques to Enhance Your Presentations by Garr Reynolds, New Riders, 2010. The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs by Carmine Gallo, McGraw Hill, 2010. The Craft of Scientific Presentation by Michael Alley, Springer Verlag, 2003. A PhD is Not Enough by Peter Feibelman, revised edition, Basic Books, 2011
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Course Syllabus:Syllabus_7071.pdf