Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) industries require effective communication to progress and advance. Yet, communication in science differs from other areas of business in the use of highly technical language and complex scientific concepts. STEM communications must be made understandable in multilevel environments for both oral delivery and written expression.
Through this course, you will work directly with experts in science communication to build and refine critical professional skills to improve your communication in the workplace, including interactive feedback on projects and coursework. Gain professional skills such as:
• writing proposals,
• composing and writing presentations,
• adapting content to varied audiences and contexts,
• utilizing personal branding techniques, and
• using structural features of writing and public speaking to connect with other professionals.
Courses are designed to improve communication skills for engineers and science professionals.
You will learn to:
• Identify audience and context for more effective communication.
• Summarize content and respond in discussion forums and other methods.
• Write personal statements and proposals for improved self-branding techniques.
• Write and present posters for STEM professional settings.
• Prepare and give oral presentations.
• Present informal talks to various professional audiences.
• Leverage different forms of communication to further develop your professional voice.
To register for this course with 1 academic credit,
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Earn a digital badge
In addition to gaining valuable skills, when you successfully complete this course, you can earn a digital badge to share among your professional and personal network. Display it on your resume, online portfolio, website, and social media pages to demonstrate your knowledge and skills. Learn more about digital badges.
A credit version of this course is also available. For more information, please visit the GRAD 550 course page.
Textbooks and Materials
All materials are supplied within the online course.
Christina Sutton is a senior teaching instructor in Colorado State University’s English Department. She earned her secondary degree in English from CSU in 1991 and taught for several years in the Department. Then, she applied her teaching interests to a business setting, supporting local and state-side businesses as they ramped up their use of technology.
Having returned to teaching at CSU in 1998, she continues to actively investigate and use composition theory while teaching upper-division courses, most notably writing in the sciences. Her recent professional passion is STEM communication, and she lives out this passion by inspiring undergraduate and graduate scientists to communicate effectively in different contexts. She recently compiled Rhetorical Readings for the Science Writer, a text that supports scientists as they answer the calls to communicate their science.
Stuart A. Tobet
Stuart A. Tobet, Ph.D., is a professor of biomedical sciences and biomedical engineering at Colorado State University and currently serves as the director of the CSU School of Biomedical Engineering. Tobet obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Applied Biological Sciences at MIT (1985) and postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School. He became Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School in 1989, was a visiting instructor at the University of Hawaii Medical School in 1989, and Associate Professor of Physiology at UMASS Medical School in 2000. He joined the Department of Biomedical Sciences at CSU in 2003. Tobet began several transdisciplinary projects that brought together faculty in biomedical sciences with those in engineering, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science leading to his appointment as Director of the School of Biomedical Engineering in 2010. At CSU Dr. Tobet has directed courses in developmental neurobiology, biomedical entrepreneurship, grant writing, and STEM communication. Tobet has co-authored over 135 refereed journal articles and more than 10 book chapters or monographs. He is currently on the editorial board of three journals and a senior editor for one of them. His research interests currently include the utilization of microfluidics, electrochemistry, and lab-on-a-chip technologies in the context of key biological questions for barrier tissues in the body.
Sarah Zwick-Tapley has worked professionally as an actor, director and comic. She received her M.F.A. in Acting from a joint program between American Repertory Theatre, Harvard University and the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia and received a B.A. in Acting from Illinois State University. A member of Actors Equity Association, Zwick-Tapley’s acting credits include American Repertory Theatre, Boston Playwrights Theatre, the Guthrie, the Moscow Art Theatre, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Sarah has worked with such artists as David Mamet, Lee Breuer, Robert Woodruff, Catherine Fitzmaurice, and Russian theatre scholar Anatoly Smeliansky. She is the owner of the consulting company, Zwick-Tapley Communications, a consulting company teaching non-theatre professionals how to approach public speaking as a theatrical art.