Argumentation and Communication OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Graduate Level Writing Course

Published Jan 31, 2009

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'Argumentation and Communication' is a free OpenCourseWare at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that breaks down the make up and different styles of argumentation and communication. This class allows students the opportunity to share their ideas while enhancing their listening and participation skills. Urban Studies and Planning graduate students using this OpenCourseWare will take their ideas and form them into feasible arguments.

Argumentation and Communication: Course Specifics

Degree Level Free Audio Video Downloads
Graduate Yes No No Yes

Lectures/Notes Study Materials Tests/Quizzes
Yes Yes No

Argumentation and Communication: Course Description

Professor Cherie Abbanat will teach students of this OpenCourseWare the importance of effective oral presentation. Students will learn to recognize the make up of their audience, structure their presentation with the proper content and deliver their presentation with the appropriate graphics and verbiage to articulate their message. This class also analyzes the structure of an efficacious argument. Students acquire an additional ability to learn based on their analysis of course materials and argument construction. An open exchange of ideas between students can deliver a new perspective on the course material. Students will learn the basic rules for effective debate and argument. They will also learn how to use graphics in a presentation, construct quality memos and write in a professional style. This class is presented in a lecture format.

Lectures, study materials and assignments are available online for free for this course. If you would like to take advantage of this free course, visit the Argumentation and Communication course page.

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