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Communicating Building Science and Sustainability

Number: BCT 220
Credits: 3
Format: In person, Online, Amherst, Mount Ida

Semester: Fall, Spring
Meeting Times: Wednesdays, Fridays 9:30–11:00am
Room: ODB 162, Mt. Ida, online

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Paul Wolff,


Office: Mount Ida Campus
Email: pwolff@umass.edu

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Course Description

(formerly BCT 397X)

Effective visual expression is not always easy or natural, but it can be learned. This course introduces principles behind effective communication and the visual thinking skills that are required for connect with an audience. Participants will learn how to simplify language to make messages clear, accessible, and engaging, and how narrative works in effective communication.

Students learn from experts in data visualization, visual arts, technical writing and will analyze building science and sustainability-related materials designed to make complex ideas more accessible in an effort to understand how dynamic presentations enable audiences to remember and process information easily. Students work in teams for final projects that may involve ‘clients’ with real-world problems to solve. Open to Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors. This course fulfills the BCT communication requirements and is open to other majors.

Learning Goals

Learning Goals to come.



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