CS4926 Advocating Emerging Technologies

In a world of ever-changing technological developments, leaders are faced with the challenge of communicating highly specialized knowledge, technological needs, and impacts to a wide audience – both up and down the decision-making ladder. This course offers cyberspace and other technology professionals strategic skills for communicating specialized technical concepts and subject matter expertise. Students will be challenged to transform subject matter expertise in a technical arena into communication that is immediately accessible to a non-technical audience. This course will cover how to engage effectively with a skeptical audience to communicate technological content, need, and impact succinctly, using written, oral, visual, electronic and nonverbal (WOVEN) rhetorical skills. The learning outcomes of this course serve as a bridge for innovators to commands and leadership, enabling force technological readiness and agility in adoption through effective communication of specialized capabilities.

Prerequisite

Completion of departmental thesis or capstone proposal, or approval of instructor.

Lecture Hours

4

Lab Hours

1

Quarter Offered

  • As Required

Outcomes

  1. Understand challenges in communicating computer science, engineering, information sciences, mathematics, and other technical concepts.
  2. Analyze challenges for engaging a non-expert audience in the above technical areas.
  3. Gain skills for sensing audience concerns over technological developments/use in computer science, engineering, information sciences, mathematics, and other technical areas.
  4. Apply skills for engaging and explaining technology from the above fields to non-experts.
  5. Evaluate strategies for succinct presentation of difficult technical concepts and ideas from computer science, engineering, information sciences, mathematics, and other technical areas.
  6. Evaluate and apply techniques for communicating impacts of technological decisions.