The goal of the course is to enhance students' communication skills in: public speaking and written communication (with a special emphasis on how to write a project proposal). A quote by MIT communication instructors summarizes the goal: "engineers who don't write [=communicate] well end up working for engineers who do write well".
The course will be divided into 3 parts:
Part 1: Communication principles and argumentation: the main tool for communication – language – will be briefly introduced through insights from linguistics, semiotics and philosophy of language. Then rhetoric as “the art of speaking” will be presented. Eventually, we will move to the main argumentation schemas as well as the main fallacies (i.e. apparently correct but in truth deceiving arguments). Part 1 has the goal of moving students from “how to communicate clearly” (rhetoric) to “how to communicate effectively” (argumentation).
Part 2: Public speaking. Students will be introduced to the basic principles of public speaking, exemplified through a number of “good practices” and put into practice through realistic case-studies. “Debate classes” (where two groups of students argument in favor of different opinions) will be also organized.
Part 3: Written communication. After the introduction of some principles of written communication and real-life examples, students will be introduced to basic guidelines on how to write a project proposal.
Notes on methods of assessing
Students will be asked to deliver a written assignment: either a project proposal (group-work, max 3 students) or a scientific paper.
All classes will take place in the morning, 9am to 1pm, in ROOM ALPHA (building 24) according to the following calendar:
- January 10 (Friday)
- January 14 (Tuesday)
- January 16 (Thursday)==ATTENTION: MODIFIED - in a previous version it was Jan. 17, Friday==
- January 21 (Tuesday)
- January 24 (Friday)
- January 28 (Tuesday)
- January 31 (Friday)
Type of didactic form
Information in English to support internationalization
Course offered in language
Slides, notes and excerpts from scientific papers and books collected and made available by the teacher.
Additional (optional) readings are:
van Eemeren, F.H., Garssen, B., Krabbe, E.C.W., Snoeck Henkemans, F.A., Verheij, B., Wagemans, J.H.M (2014).Handbook of Argumentation Theory. Springer