Engineering Professional Communication
ENGI 600: Graduate Communications Seminar
Dr. Jan Hewitt
Senior Lecturer in Professional Communication
Rice Center for Engineering Leadership (RCEL)
Office hours: Wednesdays 2:00 – 3:30; Thursdays, 1:30 – 3:30; by appointment
WHO: For any graduate student in engineering who is actively writing a paper for publication, master's thesis, PhD dissertation, or an extended PhD proposal.
WHAT: In these 1.5 hour weekly seminars, you will learn how to write and speak clearly and persuasively about your research. You can find the semester schedule below. Class size is limited to 14.
Homework includes writing an abstract, a paraphrase, a portion of a literature review, and an application letter. By semester end you will finish your proposal, paper for publication, or a thesis chapter. You will receive feedback from Dr. Hewitt on all written assignments and will meet with her to discuss your work. You will also give a 7-10 minute oral presentation in which you make your work understandable to the class; each of you will introduce a speaker and lead the follow-up discussion. Your grade of Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U) will appear on your transcript. Attendance is required.
WHY: You will finish faster and learn how to communicate more clearly and persuasively, whether you are a native speaker or an international student. You need these skills to become a leader in your field!