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260.710.60 Communication Practice for Health Science Professionals

Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
4th term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Brian Klaas
Course Instructor s:

Do you feel your ability to deliver an elevator pitch needs a refresher? How often have you wished you had expressed yourself in a more succinct way in high or low stakes situations? And how good are you explaining what you do at work or in class to friends and family? Being able to communicate our work as health science professionals clearly, confidently and accessibly is an important skill set in our daily practice. This course will provide you with basic, practice-oriented communication training in a collegial atmosphere - and in unusual settings - to help you become more confident and effective at speaking in lay terms and at expert level.

Introduces students to current trends in presentation design and delivery. Focuses on narrative-oriented thinking to improve information dissemination. Emphasizes clarity and simplicity in communication practice in multiple settings, targeting both lay and interdisciplinary expert audiences.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Construct visual presentations around simple, clear narratives
  2. Formulate concise statements and brief lightening speeches about current research topics without presentation aids
  3. Explain the need for their research in multiples formats, targeted at interdisciplinary and lay audiences
Methods of Assessment:

Weekly deliverables will have both formative and summative assessment character. Out of the 8 weekly deliverables (please see list below), all students will complete six deliverables (four required and two choices), each of which counts toward the overall course grade. Peer-to-peer feedback activities and participation account for 15%.
Weekly deliverables:
1) Knowledge assessment
2) Pecha Kucha style presentation
3) Press release (abstract size)
4) Problem pitch (interdisciplinary expert)
5) Problem pitch (lay audience)
6) Making it matter – social media
7) Promotional mini-video
8) Discussion on science credibility

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Part of the R3 graduate science initiative