Online Course Fall 2016
This 3-credit graduate elective course is an online class associated with Colorado School of Mines’ Payne Institute of Earth Resources in the Division of Economics and Business. It is open to both CSM grad students and professional scientists/engineers who may take the course as a non-degree seeking status student.
- Use of state-of-the-art Blackboard LMS technology and learning tools
- Support a highly interactive environment among students and instructors
- Utilize structured, guided learning that provides students with a pathway for mastering the course content
- Incorporate real-world, project-based learning taught by world-renowned engineers, and applied scientists, and social scientists
- Include digital resources, academic advising, and support services from CSM
- Feature original, carefully constructed course content built specifically for the online environment
- Foster networking opportunities and professional collaborations on a global scale
Communication is an essential part of being a scientist and engineer. This course provides students and early-mid career professionals with the opportunity to develop their skills for communicating scientific data and sustainable engineering design to stakeholders, including scientists and engineers in different fields, policy makers decision-makers, and the interested public. The course covers the importance of clear communication of complex information for the development and acceptance of technologies, public policy, and community-based environmental initiatives. Methods of engagement and design of key messages are defined for global, national, and local issues of student interest. The emphasis of the course is from the point of view of a science or engineering professional (not marketing professional) and how they can develop an effective science and technology-based communications portfolio to share complex information with a broad range of interested parties. The class is highly experiential, with the students developing a wide variety of communication materials around a topic of their choice.
Issues to be covered include:
Who should attend?
This semester-long graduate course is intended for both CSM graduate students (as an elective course) and early-mid career professionals wishing to develop skills for communicating scientific data and sustainable engineering design to multiple stakeholders, including scientists and engineers in different fields, policy decision-makers, and the concerned public. The vantage point is that of a practicing scientist or engineering professional (not marketer) who needs to convey complex technical and statistical information with a broad range of interested parties. The material is applied in nature and built around case studies that engage a variety of communication methods and approaches. Non-degree seeking students (external to CSM) can register at https://www.mines.edu/NonDegree_GS
Program, procedures and homework
It is expected that each class will take approximately 10-12 hours per week to complete. Most assignments will be generally short enough to complete in one week and designed to develop knowledge and skills. For the majority of the assignments, students will develop materials on a topic of their choice related to their work or an area of interest, applying each skill to that topic throughout the class. These materials will be compiled as a final portfolio project at the end of the semester. This course will consist of three basic student requirements:
Assignments and Quizzes (60% of Final Grade Calculation)
Final Communication Portfolio (20% of Final Grade Calculation)
|Presenter: Jill Engel-Cox
Throughout her career, Dr. Jill Engel-Cox has focused on the use and communication of scientific and engineering data for decision making by policymakers, industrialists, and the interested public. Her key communication activities have included stakeholder-focused international strategic planning, training multi-disciplinary teams of scientists on environmental data use, writing for a range of scientific publications, and serving on a public air quality advisory committee.
Dr. Engel-Cox has been online since 1983 and appreciates the value of social networking and the Internet for sharing knowledge and building human connections. She has engineering degrees from University of Texas and Colorado State University, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from University of Maryland Baltimore County. She has over 40 publications in diverse media, conducted training and facilitation sessions globally, and served on a public advisory committee. Read her full LinkedIn profile for more information.
Registration for this course is open now. Enrollment is limited; applications will be accepted in the order received.
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The course will be taught online at as part of the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado USA.
The tuition will be CSM’s regular instate graduate cost (3 credits $2961)
Non-degree students will pay the same and must register at www.mines.edu/NonDegree_GS