Jennifer Amos Marie-Christine Brunet
3212 Digital Computer Lab 206 Engineering Hall

Eddie Sun (TA for class) 


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 1111 Siebel and has a discussion session Wed 7:00-8:50pm in 106B3 Engineering Hall.

Expected Course Outcomes

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

Class structure:

Icebreakers/activities for communication every class

Lectures and demonstrations of communication strategies

Team based presentations and critiques

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 or are not engaged during class, points will be deducted.

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 weeks 6-7, one in week 8.  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 in 106B3 Eng Hall)



10/16 Class starts - Intro; (Changing the Conversation reading assignment)

10/18 Pair up and make 4-5 slides on theme (no guidance) prep 4 min team presentation


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

(due 10/23 before 9am)

Draft Presentation slides


10/23 Presentation Planning and Rubric Review - Feedback and help on slides


10/25 Communication topics - writing skills, other speaking styles

Upload Presentation1 slides in Dropbox due 10/25 before 4pm

PRESENT 1 - in 106B3 Eng Hall

Bring a laptop

Presentation Journal (due 10/30)


10/30 The problem with Power Point...

11/1 EA Purpose - TED Talks

EA sample talk. Critique Session

KEEP and STOP Summary

Reflective Journal (due 11/6)


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

11/8 Training - Content (Organization & Analogies)

Submit topics HERE (due 11/8 at 6pm)

Practice (Workshop)



Reflective Journal (due 11/13)

1. Start Planning your second presentation (click here for guidelines)



11/13 Training - Visual Aids (Assertions)

11/15 Training - Visual Aids (Supporting Evidence)

2. Designing your second presentation (guidelines)

Practice - Slides Feedback

Mandatory Office Hours

Reflective Journal (due 11/27)






11/27 Training - Delivery (Poise & Elocution)  Purpose of Talk – Creating a memorable experience

We switched Week 6 and Week 7 topics

11/29 Training - Delivery (Passion) Partner Dynamics

Upload Presentation2 slides in Dropbox due 11/29 before 4pm


3. Make a Successful Presentation (guidelines)

Presentation Journal (due 12/4)


12/4 Training - Purpose of Talk – Creating a memorable experience  Delivery (Poise & Elocution)

12/6 Training - Partner Dynamics  Delivery (Passion)

Practice - Slides Feedback

Mandatory Office Hours

Reflective Journal (due 12/11)


12/11 Training - Conclusion

12/13 Practice-Office Hours


PRESENT 3 (Same Team/Same Topic as PRESENT 2)


LAST Presentation Journal (due 12/15 at 1pm)