Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay

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HS 699 - Communication Skills

For M.Phil., M.Tech. and Ph.D. Students

Syllabus and References

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The course will focus on the following topics:

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The process of communication; barriers to communication and how they can be overcome

Types of communication: verbal and non-verbal

Non-verbal communication: body language

Verbal communication: oral and written

Oral: elements of pronunciation, oral presentation, group discussion

Written: technical reports, business letters

Reception skills: reading and listening skills

Vocabulary and Grammar

Style and Usage: Punctuation, Readability and Culture-sensitivity

Use of computerised audio-visual aids for academic and professional presentations

Psychological and Sociological aspects of communication

References:

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Bell, Arthur H. TOOLS FOR TECHNICAL AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION. NTC Publishing Group, Lincolnwood, 1995.

Eisenberg, Anne. A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION. WBC McGraw-Hill, Boston, 1998.

Hicks, T.G., and C.M. Valorie. HANDBOOK OF EFFECTIVE TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION. McGraw-Hill, NY, 1989.

Huckin, T.N., and L.A. Olson. TECHNICAL WRITING AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION FOR NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH. McGraw-Hill, NY, 1991.

Little, Peter. ORAL AND WRITTEN COMMUNICATION. Longman, London, 1979.

Murphy, R. INTERMEDIATE ENGLISH GRAMMAR: REFERENCE AND PRACTICE FOR SOUTH ASIAN STUDENTS. Cambridge University Press, New Delhi, 2001.

Singh, R.K. USING ENGLISH IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. Prakash Book Depot, Bareilly, 2000.