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Communicating Building Science and Sustainability

Number: BCT 220
Credits: 3
Format: In person, Amherst

Semester: Fall, Spring
Meeting Times: Mondays, Wednesdays 9:30–11:00am
Room: ODB 162

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Michael McNally,


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Course Description

(formerly BCT 397X)

Effective communication is not always easy or natural, but it can be learned. This course provides a platform to learn and practice principles of professional communication (through presentations, writing, and audio/visual media) in the field of construction and sustainable building. Through various class exercises and assignments, students attain the skills that are required to succinctly get a message across and connect with an audience.

Learning Goals

  • Enable students to dynamically express ideas
  • Apply proven techniques to presentations, interviews, and communicating in general
  • Present ideas in a visual, audio, and kinesthetic format
  • Create images, tables, and graphs to express ideas
  • Enhance knowledge of how to interview and communicate with stakeholders or potential clients
  • Establish general rules of conduct when communicating with large audiences and stakeholders alike
  • Interpret complex data such as the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022


Duarte, N. (2012). HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations. Inspire action. Engage the Audience. Sell your ideas. Harvard Business Review Press, Boston.

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