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Technical Communication for Scientists and Engineers

A semester-long course on various aspects Technical (Scientific) Communication for postgraduate and research students. Enrollment ends on 31 January 2017.

About this Course

This online course helps postgraduate students and research scholars improve their technical communication skills related to listening, reading, writing, and presentation.

Learning outcome: On successful completion of this programme a student will be able to organise, comprehend, write, and present, short and long forms of any technical work within the broad framework of the Scientific Method. They will also be able to adhere to ethical norms of scientific communication.

This course is an essential part of the credit requirements for all the postgraduate students of IIT Bombay.

Overview of Course Contents

  • Scientific method and its relationship to technical communication
    • Essense of technical communication
    • Hypothesis testing
  • Listening and Reading Skills
    • Note taking, Mind maps
    • Surveying literature
    • Three pass approach to reading papers
  • Writing skills
    • Report writing
    • Summary and Abstract writing
    • Data presentation
    • Email writing
  • Oral and Presentation skills
    • Elevator pitch
    • Slides for presentation
    • Oral presentation
    • Group discussions
    • Interview skills
  • Ethics in Communication
    • Ethics in education and research
    • Copyrights and plagiarism
    • Authorship
    • Gender and diversity
    • Academic and workplace communication


None. Any person interested in improving their technical communication skill can register for the course.

Registration Deadline

The last date to enrol for this course is 31 January 2017 .

Frequently Asked Questions

What will be the nature of course?

The course will be fully online (as it is a Massive Open Online Course) and there is no specific remote center/physical participation required. If you are new to the IITBombayX platform, please check Learners' FAQ to understand about MOOCs under IITBombayX. Also, do take the IITBombayX Demo Course first to understand how the various features within the IITBombayX platform allow self-paced learning (including assessment).

Does my college require to participate in this course?

As mentioned above, IITBombayX does not require any pre-authorised remote center, college, or similar synchronous interactions. However, if your college wishes to obtain official student specific grade reports, they must approach with a request.

How does one register/enrol for the course?

If you do not have an IITBombayX account, first register for one. Now log into IITBombayX through this newly registered account. Once you have logged in, go to the course webpage and register for the course.

I have registered for the course, now what?

Good start. Wait for the course start date (displayed on the right side panel) to view the course contents. In the meanwhile if you have friends/colleagues who are interested in similar courses, please forward the information to them.

I have registered for the course, but I didn't receive a confirmation email. What should I do?

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Course Staff

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Prof. P Sunthar

P Sunthar is a faculty in the Chemical Engineering Department of IIT Bombay since 2006. His research interests are in the field of colloidal systems, fluid mechanics, and ICT enabled systems for learning assessment. Along with a few other faculty, he has designed, coordinated, and conducted an institute level `Communication Skills' course for postgraduate students of IIT Bombay, since 2010.

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Prof. M P Gururajan

M P Gururajan is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, IIT Bombay. His research interests include modelling of microstructure evolution using phase field and atomistic models, materials mechanics, materials thermodynamics and phase transformations. He enjoys teaching, and has been actively involved in the conduct of the Communication Skills course at IIT Bombay.

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Prof. Leena Jha

Leena Jha is a freelance Business Communication consultant and a Visiting Professor at IIT Bombay. Her graduate studies introduced her to the polarities in the academic environment and sensitized her to the discrepancies in the social firmament. Her interactions during workshops with corporate houses, institutes of hospitality management and IIT Bombay, helped her analyse the areas of prime concern thus providing a practical dimension to her sessions. Her career is devoted to encouraging enthusiastic learning with confidence building at its core. She has been working at SJMSOM, IIT Bombay, since July 2008. She has been conducting EMBA classes and has recently held sessions for CEP as well. She has also been involved with the admission process at SOM. Also, she has worked with the HSS department and conducted communication classes for all post graduate students at IIT Bombay.

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Prof. Ambarish Kunwar

Ambarish Kunwar is a faculty in the Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering at IIT Bombay since 2012. Prior to joining IIT Bombay he was a faculty in Physics at IIT Gandhinagar. His research area is Biophysics and Computational Biology. At IIT Bombay, he teaches courses in Biology, Electronics and Instrumentation, and Mathematics for biologists. He has also been contributing to the institute level Communication Skills course since 2014.

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Prof. Sahana Murthy

Sahana Murthy is a faculty member in the Inter-Disciplinary Programme in Educational Technology at IIT Bombay, since 2009. Prior to that, she was a lecturer at the Experimental Study Group in MIT from 2006-09, during which she implemented and evaluated innovative teaching methods. Her current research interests lie in students' development of thinking skills through technology-enhanced learning environments. At IIT Bombay, she teaches courses in 'Introduction to Educational Technology' and 'Research methods for Educational Technology'. She has conducted a number of teacher professional development workshops on research-based effective teaching strategies. She has conducted large-scale blended-mode training programs on ET4ET - Educational Technology for Engineering Teachers, via the 'Train 10000 Teachers (T10KT)' program under the National Mission on Education through ICT.

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Prof. Ashish Pandey

Ashish Pandey is Assistant Professor of Organization and Leadership Development, Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management (SJMSOM) in IIT Bombay. He completed his PhD from Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, India, in the field of Indian Management. As a management academic, he is inspired by the motto of synthesizing Indian wisdom and contemporary scientific knowledge. Recognition to his research comes from the awards conferred to his work in the forums held at IISc Banglore, IIM Indore and Infosys Leadership Institute, Mysore. He has been regularly engaged with various organizations and institutions for long term Management, Leadership and Organization Development programs. His major training and consulting assignments have been with ACG Worldwide, Axis Bank, BMC Software, Citec, e-Clerx, Institute of Chemical Technology, KIIT University, Nokia Siemens Networks, Toyo Engineering, Wipro, etc. His research papers, inventory and approach notes on spirituality at work have appeared in several leading national and international journals and periodicals like Pfeiffer Annual of training and Consulting; Journal of Business Ethics; Psychological Studies; Indian Journal of Training and Development, Times Ascent etc.

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Prof. Prita Pant

Prita Pant joined the Metallurgical Engineering & Materials Science department, IIT Bombay, as a faculty member in 2006. Her research is broadly in the area of deformation and microstructure evolution studies. She uses a combination of experiments and modeling for this. At IIT Bombay, she teaches courses on mechanical behaviour and computation methods. She has also been associated with the communication course for M. Tech. and Ph.D. students.

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Prof. D Parthasarathy

D Parthasarathy has been on the faculty of the Humanities and Social Sciences Department of IIT Bombay, and is currently the Head of the Department. He teaches courses related to Sociology, Development Studies, Research Methods and Social Statistics, Research Ethics, and Urban Studies. His research presently focuses on urban informality, transnational urbanism, legal pluralism and resource governance, malnutrition, and vulnerability to climate / disaster risks. He has been teaching and conducting workshops on communication skills since 2003 at the Institute and Department level, and in other research and educational institutions in India.

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Prof. Sachin Patwardhan

Sachin C. Patwardhan is professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering and currently, Institute Chair Professor at IIT Bombay. He joined as a faculty member in the Department of Chemical Engineering at IIT Madras, in 1995 and moved to IIT Bombay in 2001. He has held visiting faculty position at University of Alberta, Canada, during 2000-2001 and was visiting research scholar at Carnegie Mellon University, USA, during 2008-2009. His research areas include nonlinear model predictive control, nonlinear Bayesian state estimation, fault tolerant control systems and nonlinear system identification. He has also served as Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at IIT Bombay, from January 2011 to November 2013.

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Prof. Virendra Sethi

Virendra Sethi is a Professor at the Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering (CESE) at IIT Bombay, since 2000 and is currently the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) Chair Professor at CESE. He completed his B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from IIT Bombay in 1983, AEP (I Year) in Product Design in NID Ahmedabad in 1984, MS (1990) and PhD (1996) in Environmental Engineering from University of Cincinnati. His research areas include aerosol and air quality, hot gas clean-up (thermal gasification), satellite remote sensing for air quality management. He has supervised several doctoral theses, and has published more than twenty five research papers and over fifty conference proceedings. He is the recipient of Vasvik Award, Excellence in Teaching Award at IIT Bombay, Oak Ridge Fellowship, USEPA, Cincinnati, Outstanding Engineer of the Year, ONGC, and the Institute Cultural Citation, IIT Bombay. He has been teaching the communication course at IIT Bombay for over 10 years.

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  2. Classes Start

    Jan 27, 2017
  3. Classes End

    May 31, 2017
  4. Estimated Effort

    2 hours/week