Fall 2018 Professional Development Program Modules
Attention graduate students and postdoctoral fellows! Enroll in the fall 2018 PDP modules to further your professional skills. The 7-week professional development modules are open to all Hopkins graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and come at no additional tuition for students in full-time JHU programs. Find the full course descriptions in SIS or at https://engineering.jhu.edu/pdp/courses/modules/. Direct questions to email@example.com.
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First Half Modules:
Have you ever had to deal with a difficult person at work or in the lab? Have you been a member of a team on which dysfunction was so bad that it makes television sitcoms look normal? Why are some companies much more productive and pleasant to work with than others? Do you understand techniques or persuasion and how to participate effectively in negotiations? These topics are among the ideas we develop and practice in this class, using a combination of seminar style reading and discussion, lecture and in-class activity. Enroll in Managing People, Negotiating Outcomes (EN.663.660), offered in the first half of the fall semester. The class meets on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m on the East Baltimore Campus.
- Science Outreach: Communicating Science to the Public (EN.663.643)
This course teaches students to communicate effectively with a non-specialized audience including the “voting public”, teachers and high school students. Class projects include developing materials for mainstream science news outlet and a hands-on presentation. Class content emphasizes writing clearly for a non-technical audience, creating appropriate visuals and hands-on manipulatives, developing oral presentation skills, giving and receiving feedback, and simulating the real world environment in which most communication occurs. This is a 7-week course and is not open to undergraduates. Enroll in Communicating Science to the Public (EN.663.643), offered in the first half of the fall semester. The class meets on Mondays from 2:00-4:30 p.m.
- Improving Presentation Skills for Scientists and Engineers (EN.663.645)
As a scientist or engineer, good communication skills can make you or break you. You may be smart enough to be the next Nobel Laureate or MacArthur genius, but if you can’t communicate the “big picture” of your results skillfully, you will have trouble securing grants, getting published, gaining employment, and being promoted. Whether you realize it or not, you need to be as good a communicator as you are a scientist. This class will help you manifest that ability through practice, critique and coaching. Please join us for Improving Presentation Skills (EN.663.645), now offered the first half of the fall semester. It meets on Tuesdays from 3:00-5:30 p.m.
- Writing Articles and Technical Reports (EN.663.644)
Professionals in almost every occupation write —for multiple audiences in various information formats and for many reasons. Estimates of time spent writing in various occupations range from 25% to 35% of work time. With so much time invested in the activity, it is imperative to learn to write effectively and efficiently. This Module addresses critical skills including how to adjust text for various audiences; how to frame powerful arguments; and how to adjust to the conventions of various publications. Please join us for Writing Articles and Technical Reports (EN.663.644), now offered the first half of the fall semester. It meets on Tuesdays from 2:00-4:30 p.m.
- Leading Teams in Virtual, International, and Local Settings (EN.663.673)
Team-based leadership takes place in many different contexts. Basic principles related to all contexts will be discussed. The nuances of leading in teams in different environments including face to face, virtual teams such as Skype, Google Chat, etc., and culturally different/global teams will be explored and practiced. The class environment will be discussion, team and practically based. Please join us for Working with Teams in Virtual, International, and Local Settings (EN.663.673), now offered the first half of the fall semester. It meets on Wednesdays from 3:00-5:30 p.m.
- Management and Technology Consulting (EN.663.672)
Management consulting, an American innovation in organizational development, now has world-wide practice and effects. Almost every business sector, including private, governmental, and NGO’s, employs consultants. Consultants must be able to effectively frame problems, understand their context, generate solutions, and protect the client and stakeholders, as well as work in a team environment and deliver a quality product. This class addresses the fundamental skills and expectations of working in this profession through a combination of lecture, discussion and exercise.Please join us for The Practice of Consulting (EN.663.672), now offered the first half of the fall semester. It meets on Thursdays from 4:00-6:30 p.m.
- Improving Presentation Skills for International Students (EN.663.641)
This course is designed to help scientists and engineers who are non-native English speakers improve their oral presentation skills in a practice-intensive environment. Students will learn how to hone their message, to craft presentations that address both technical and non-technical audiences, and create clear, compelling PowerPoint presentations.Please join us for Improving Presentation Skills with ESL Focus (EN.663.641), now offered the first half of the fall semester. It meets on Thursdays from 3:00-5:30 p.m. on the East Baltimore Campus.
- Improvisation for Enhanced Teamwork and Communication (EN.663.626)
Following the lead of innovative communities and businesses, this course turns to improvisation techniques to develop communication skills, encourage creative problem solving, and support teamwork. Designed for students without any acting experience, there are no prerequisites to participate. In a non-threatening, judgement-free atmosphere, we begin with improv fundamentals to help students master the subtleties of communication through voice, expression, and body language. As students experiment with imaginative moment and play, they learn to respond simultaneously and confidently to unforeseen challenges. Working together in pairs and small groups, students build trust and operate as fluid and dynamic team members. throughout the course, students build skills to minimize stress, overcome rejection, find comfort in fear, unleash creativity, and trust in their ability to communicate effectively.Please join us for Improvisation for Advanced Teamwork and Communication (EN.663.626), now offered the first half of the fall semester. It meets on Thursdays from 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Second Half Modules:
Change happens, like it or not! It is necessary for progress and the result of innovation, yet change makes individuals and organizations so uncomfortable that most people and groups within organizations vigorously resist change. So the questions become how to cause, how to embrace, and how to lead constructive change in ourselves, our organizations and our communities – in ways that colleagues and would-be colleagues support and contribute toward success. The primary format for learning in this course is seminar style with reading, researching and sharing of information, as well as structured, experiential activities designed to build skills through practice and interpersonal exchange. Class time is devoted to discussion, observation, feedback, additional exercises and presentation. Additionally, participants engage in reflection and explanation of their considerations as the course progresses. Further, participants read several texts and articles, as well as perform extensive research in preparation for assignments. Enroll in Leading Organizational Change, (EN.663.671) offered in the second half of the fall semester. The class meets on Mondays from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on the East Baltimore Campus.
- Ethical Decision-making in Business and Science (EN.663.600)
.This course introduces the student to concepts relevant to resolving ethical issues in business, science, and society. Students will learn ethical reasoning skills and frameworks to aid decision-making and to discuss ethical questions with their leaders, whether in a business, consulting or engineering firm, a science lab, or the communities within which they live and work. Enroll in Ethical Issues in the Contemporary Workplace (EN.663.600), offered in the second half of the fall semester. The class meets on Mondays from 2:00-4:30 p.m.
- Regulatory Writing (EN.663.633)
Regulatory writing explores the preparation of clinical documents throughout the life cycle of a (potential) treatment, starting with describing and reporting data from clinical trials, through preparing regulatory submission documents. Clinical documents to be discussed include clinical trial protocols, clinical trial informed consents (ICFs), investigator brochures (IBs), and clinical study reports (CSRs) among others. Essential skills for creating clear and readable documents include basic grammar and usage, as well as sentence structure will also be reviewed. Please join us for Regulatory Writing (EN.663.633), now offered the second half of the fall semester. It meets on Tuesdays from 2:00-4:30 p.m. on the East Baltimore Campus.
- Project Management (EN.663.670)
Projects are temporary activities devised to achieve very specific goals in a designated time frame for a specified amount of resources. Often they involve disparate activities, frequently separated by distance and sometimes involving different staff and materials. For the project to successfully meets in objectives, all these items must be planned, coordinated and orchestrated. This module explores the processes and tools available to those who manage projects to optimize outcomes within the primary constraints of time, quality, scope and budget. Class time involves presentations, examples and discussion.Enroll in Project Management (EN.663.670). The class meets on Thursdays from 4:00-6:30 p.m.
- Building Effective Posters and Slides (EN.663.615)
In this class you’ll learn to approach scientific visuals like a graphic designer. You’ll get a crash course in fundamental principles of visual perception and form through designing (or redesigning) a poster and a slide deck on your own research.Topics will include: typography, color theory, grid systems, commercial photography techniques, data visualization techniques, and other methods of establishing visual hierarchy. You’ll have the option of producing all assignments using Adobe Creative Suite software. Enroll in Building Effective Posters and Slides (EN.663.615), offered in the second half of the fall semester. The class meets on Thursdays from 4:30-7:00 p.m.
- Improvisation for Communication (EN.663.634)
It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. Science and Engineering are disciplines which mandate immersive study, attention to detail, and extreme forethought. Is it possible, then, that as students condition themselves to meet these needs, they compromise their ability to navigate impromptu social situations, public speaking events, and the like? In this class, students will expound upon improv techniques to strengthen their ability to share scientific and technical information fluently and spontaneously without confusion or ambiguity. This class turns to improvisation techniques to develop communication skills, encourage creative problem solving, and support teamwork. Enroll in Improvisation for Communication (EN.663.634), offered in the second half of the fall semester. The class meets on Thursdays from 4:30-7:00 p.m. on the East Baltimore campus.