Effective Communication Capstone Project

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About this course: In the Effective Communication Capstone learners apply the lessons of Business Writing, Graphic Design, and Successful Presentation to create a portfolio of work that represents their mastery of writing, design, and speaking and that expresses their personal brand. The portfolio includes three individual elements—a written memo, a slide deck, and a presentation—integrated around a single topic. We provide the elements for a basic capstone, but we also invite our learners to create their own project if they so choose. This self-designed "Challenge Capstone" allows learners to engage meaningfully in their world by choosing a project relevant to their current job or by v…

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When you enroll for courses through Coursera you get to choose for a paid plan or for a free plan

  • Free plan: No certicification and/or audit only. You will have access to all course materials except graded items.
  • Paid plan: Commit to earning a Certificate—it's a trusted, shareable way to showcase your new skills.

About this course: In the Effective Communication Capstone learners apply the lessons of Business Writing, Graphic Design, and Successful Presentation to create a portfolio of work that represents their mastery of writing, design, and speaking and that expresses their personal brand. The portfolio includes three individual elements—a written memo, a slide deck, and a presentation—integrated around a single topic. We provide the elements for a basic capstone, but we also invite our learners to create their own project if they so choose. This self-designed "Challenge Capstone" allows learners to engage meaningfully in their world by choosing a project relevant to their current job or by volunteering to write, design, and speak for a social organization of their choice. By successfully undertaking the Capstone, learners will accomplish three main goals: 1. They will hone their writing, design, and speaking skills and build a portfolio for a job search and/or professional application; 2. They will shape these skills into a unique brand identity; and, if they choose, 3. They will undertake a transformative effect in the world around them. Ultimately, the importance of Capstone portfolio is greater than the sum of its individual parts. Its true goal lies in each student’s personal transformation and expression of their best selves. We invite you to unleash your skills and we can't wait to see the results!

Created by:  University of Colorado Boulder
  • Taught by:  Dr. Quentin McAndrew, Instructor

    Department of English, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Taught by:  David Underwood, Design and Media Teaching Consultant

    PhET Interactive Simulations, Department of Physics, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Taught by:  Professor William Kuskin, Professor

    Department of English, University of Colorado Boulder
Basic Info Course 4 of 4 in the Effective Communication: Writing, Design, and Presentation Specialization Level Beginner Language English How To Pass Pass all graded assignments to complete the course. Coursework

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Syllabus


WEEK 1


Capstone Introduction
Quentin, Dave, and William introduce learners to the Capstone, discuss options for the project, and provide learners with an overview of the elements necessary for completion.


3 videos, 6 readings expand


  1. Video: Welcome to the Capstone
  2. Video: A Message of Thanks from Quentin, Dave, and William
  3. Reading: Introduction to the Capstone
  4. Reading: Accepting the Challenge Capstone
  5. Discussion Prompt: Discuss Challenge Capstone Ideas
  6. Reading: Embarking on the Clarity Guitars Capstone (Business Case Included Here)
  7. Reading: For Clarity Guitars: Growth in the Global Market
  8. Discussion Prompt: Discuss Ideas for the Clarity Guitars Capstone
  9. Reading: Quentin's Final Coursera Pitch Memo Revealed
  10. Reading: Dave's Final Slides Designed
  11. Video: William Delivers the Effective Communication Pitch


WEEK 2


Writing the Memo



Compose a highly polished draft of your memo. You'll review the key lessons from Business Writing so that you have a fresh reminder of the principles and techniques that drive all great writing. Then, you'll receive peer feedback (and a grade!) in preparation to create the visual elements and speech that will comprise your final project.


5 videos, 4 readings expand


  1. Video: Composing the Memo
  2. Reading: The Memo Assignment
  3. Video: Excavating Quentin's Scaffold in the Pitch Memo
  4. Reading: Optional Review: The Scaffold
  5. Video: Optional Review: Be The Windowpane
  6. Video: Optional Review: Waste No Time
  7. Video: Optional Review: The 10 Principles of Good Writing Revisited and Explained (The Business Writing Conclusion)
  8. Reading: Optional Review: The List of the 10 Principles of Good Business Writing
  9. Reading: Optional Review: Self-Revision Checklist
  10. Discussion Prompt: Getting Past That Blank Page

Graded: The Polished Memo Draft

WEEK 3


Designing the Slides



Design presentation slides which will illustrate key points from your memo. We'll review a few lectures from the graphic design course and work to make your slides functional and visually attractive. The final slides will be used in your capstone presentation.


4 videos, 6 readings expand


  1. Video: The In-Between Guy
  2. Reading: The Design Assignment
  3. Reading: Brainstorming a Design Style
  4. Video: Designing the Coursera Pitch Slides
  5. Reading: A Sample Written Description of a Design Strategy
  6. Reading: Using Templates
  7. Reading: Aim for the Rectangle Outside the Box
  8. Reading: 5 Best Practices of Good Presentation Design
  9. Video: Optional Review: Unexpected Places Yield Unexpected Results
  10. Video: Optional Review: Introducing the Grid
  11. Discussion Prompt: Learner Feedback on Design Strategies

Graded: First Draft of the Slides

WEEK 4


Creating the Presentation



Create a draft of your final presentation. You'll draw on the work you've done writing your memo and designing your slides. As in the previous modules, you can review some of the videos and documents from the previous MOOC, "Successful Presentation," and you're work here will lay the foundation for your final revision.


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  1. Video: Crafting the Speech
  2. Reading: The Presentation Assignment
  3. Reading: Optional Review: Kuskin's Top Ten Best Practices
  4. Video: Optional Review: The Paradox of Public Speaking
  5. Video: Optional Review: The Basic Formula
  6. Reading: Optional Review: The Formula
  7. Video: Optional Review: The Central Importance of the Introduction
  8. Video: Optional Review: Dynamic vs. Static (Getting into your Brand)
  9. Discussion Prompt: Not Getting Stale

Graded: The Draft Presentation

WEEK 5


The Final Push
You've reached the final module of Effective Communication, and you're ready to produce your very best work. In this module, we ask you to pull together your memo, slides, and speech into a powerful expression of who you are.


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  1. Video: The Final Synthesis
  2. Reading: The Final Assignment: Weaving it All Together
  3. Discussion Prompt: Creating Your Most Powerful Personal Brand
  4. Video: It's a Wrap! A conversation about our approach, what we learned, and what Coursera means to us

Graded: The Final Submission: The Effective Communication Portfolio
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