Spring 2019 Modules

Attention graduate students and postdoctoral fellows!

Enroll in the Spring 2019 PDP modules. 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.

Full Semester Modules:

  • EN.663.622 Professional Presentations for Graduate Students
    • This course is designed to help scientists and engineers 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. All presentations will be recorded for self-evaluation, and students will receive extensive instructor and peer feedback. Not open to Undergraduates.
    • The class meets on Thursdays from 1:30-4:15p.m. 

 

First Half Modules: 

Spring 2019 First half

EN.663.660.01 Managing people and resolving conflicts
  • 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.
  • The class meets on Mondays from 3:00-5:30pm.
  • EN.663.633 Regulatory writing
    • 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.
    • The class meets on Tuesdays from 10:00a.m.-12:30 p.m. 
  • EN.663.666 managing personal finances
    • The class in Managing Personal Finance is designed to familiarize the student with the basic concepts and quantitative techniques of personal financial planning and financial literacy. The course begins with a discussion of budgeting and the time value of money and moves on to the basic principles of financial planning in the areas of taxation, consumer credit, housing decisions, insurance, investing fundamentals and retirement planning.
    • The class meets on Tuesdays from 3:00-5:30pm.
  • EN.663.630 business creation and contracts
    • Introduces participants to the fundamental aspects of law associated with developing and bringing new products to the marketplace. Arranged in modules and taught largely through the case method, the course features the following topics: creating and forming businesses and contracts.
    • The class meets on Wednesdays from 5:00-7:30p.m.
  • EN.663.671.01 leading change
    • 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 our selves, 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.
    • The class meets on Wednesdays from 3:00-5:30p.m.
  • EN.663.626 improvisation for enhanced teamwork & communication
    • 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, judgment-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 movement and play, they learn to respond spontaneously 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.
    • The class meets on Thursdays from 3:00-5:30p.m at the East Baltimore Campus
  • EN.663.672 management & technology consulting 
    • 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.
    • The class meets on Thursdays from 4:00-6:30p.m.
  • EN.663.645.02 IMPROVING PRESENTATION SKILLS FOR SCIENTISTS & ENGINEERS
    • This course is designed to help scientists and engineers 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. All presentations will be recorded for self-evaluation, and students will receive extensive instructor and peer feedback. Graduate students only. This is a 7-week course and is not open to undergraduates.
    • The class meets on Mondays from 3:30-6:00p.m  at the East Baltimore Campus!
  • EN.663.651 the entrepreneurial life cycle
    • So you have an idea for a business – now what? How do you convert your idea to a plan? What factors must you consider and how should you do that? How do you think about customers and competition? How much money do you need and where can you find it? How do you pitch your idea for maximum impact? Answers to these questions and more are the topics of concern for this module. Expect to build at least several sections of a business plan for your idea with the time period of the class.
    • The class meets on Thursdays from 3:00-5:30p.m. 
  • EN.663.670.02 Project Management
    • 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 meet its objectives, all these items must be planned, coordinated and orchestrated. This module explores the processes and tools available to those who must manage projects to optimize outcomes within the primary constraints of time, quality, scope and budget. Class time involves presentations, examples and discussion.
    • The class meets on Thursdays from 4:00-6:30p.m. at the East Baltimore Campus
  • EN.663.673 leading teams in virtual, international & local settings
    • Team-based leadership takes place in many different groups. 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. 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 consideration as the course progresses. Further, participants read several texts and articles as well as perform extensive research in preparation for assignments.
    • The class meets on Fridays from 10:30a.m.-1:00p.m at the East Baltimore Campus.

 

Second Half Modules:

Spring 2019 Second half

  • EN.663.671.02 Leading Change
    • 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 our selves, 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.
    • The class meets on Mondays from 3:00-5:30p.m.
  • EN.663.674 fundamentals of management
    • Managers must juggle knowledge of and tasks associated with operations, finance, information technology, strategy, and projects. Much of managerial success, however, depends less on managers’ direct input – the sweat of their brows– than on their ability to enlist the active involvement of others: direct reports, other managers, other team members, and those above them on the organizational chart. It is imperative that managers be adept at influencing those over whom they have no formal authority as well as guiding and directing those who report to them. In this course, you will learn and practice the concepts and skills necessary to manage, direct, and guide others as well as content associated with building strategy and structure in organizations.
    • The class meets on Mondays & Wednesdays from 1:30-2:45p.m.
  • EN.663.644 Writing articles and technical reports
    • Professionals in almost every occupation write – for multiple audiences in various information formats and for many reasons. Estimates of time spend writing in various occupations range from 25% to 35% of total 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 find and qualify publishing opportunities; understanding and adjusting to different requirements; matching text to various audiences; developing striking visuals; and dealing with issues of clarity, coherence and style.
    • The class meets on Tuesdays from 10:00a.m.-12:30p.m at the East Baltimore Campus
  •  EN.663.641 IMPROVING PRESENTATION SKILLS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
    • 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.
    • The class meets on Thursdays from 4:00-6:30p.m at the East Baltimore Campus.
  • EN.663.652 emotional & cultural competency  
    • We live in increasingly diverse society and an increasingly connected world. Times require new skills and awareness; “smarts” as defined by IQ is no longer sufficient for success. Instead, an understanding of other cultures, a willingness to explore the positions of various stakeholders in situations, the capacity and willingness to exercise empathy, and the ability to identify and work with the feelings of self and others are keys to successful participation in the workforce. This Module addresses these skills in theoretical and practical ways so as to expand the awareness and capacities of participants.
    • This class meets on Tuesdays from 3:00-5:30p.m.
  • EN.663.631 intellectual property law
    • Arranged in modules and taught largely through the case method, the course features the following topics: intellectual property; principal-agent relations; and product liability. Not only will participants learn the principles associated with each topic, but also they will master the questions and concerns to use when working with legal counsel on these issues in the future.
    • This class meets on Tuesdays from 5:00-7:30p.m.
  • EN.663.660.02 Managing people & resolving conflicts
    • 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.
    • This class meets on Wednesdays from 3:00-5:30p.m.
  • EN.663.675 communicating in a crisis
    • A crisis is a major occurrence with potentially negative consequences. In Chinese, the word “crisis” means “dangerous opportunity,” signifying that an individual or an organization can emerge stronger from a crisis – not without damage but stronger – with the right management and communication deployed effectively to the right audiences in the right channel. In this course, we will explore what managing a crisis well actually means. Who do you need to communicate with? What channels are appropriate? What messaging works for different audiences? Using the case method, live simulations, and real-world examples we will distinguish the factors that create opportunities from crises from those that deepen the danger.
    • This class meets on Wednesdays from 5:30-8:00p.m.
  • EN.663.634 improvisation for communication
    • 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.
    • This class meets on Thursdays from 3:00-5:30p.m.
  • EN.663.676 demand discovery: finding & creating customer value
    • Do you love your smartphone? You’re not alone. Steve Jobs knew how to design products that customers fell in love with. So did Henry Ford. So why is it so hard? This course focuses on real-world methods of discovering and profitably delivering value to customers. At the heart of any successful business is the identification and profitable satisfaction of unique customer needs. And the ongoing process of identifying, developing, and delivering new value propositions is the basis for continued growth. But this formula can be elusive for new ventures and existing businesses alike. The course presents leading edge methods and techniques to identify sources of opportunity, design new value propositions, and develop profitable and scalable business models—all while reducing venture risk. Developed from techniques used by entrepreneurs and innovative product managers, this course teaches key principles of offering development and innovation, through a combination of readings, case studies, and real-world exercises. The course will involve practical projects for students to identify and design offering concepts, as well as to test and price them. It is designed for students interested in business, entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, product management, technology management, venture capital, and management consulting.
    • This class meets on Thursdays from 4:00-6:30p.m.
  • EN.663.670.01 Project Management
    • 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 meet its objectives, all these items must be planned, coordinated and orchestrated. This module explores the processes and tools available to those who must manage projects to optimize outcomes within the primary constraints of time, quality, scope and budget. Class time involves presentations, examples and discussion.
    • This class meets on Thursdays from 4:00-6:30p.m.
  • EN.663.617 Storytelling with data
    •  This course explores the process of developing compelling visual stories based on data. Students will learn to edit, contextualize, sequence and compare data more effectively. They will also learn to use visual design tools to clarify the message they wish to convey about their data.
    • This class meets on Thursdays from 3:00-5:30p.m.
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