Office of Undergraduate Instruction

01:447:430 Effective Communication Skills in Genetics

This course is for Genetics majors only.






Declared Major in Genetics; must have completed one semester of Research in Genetics, Advanced Independent Study, or Genetic Counseling Rotation. Special permission from the Genetics Office is required (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Course Description

Instruction and practice in effectively communicating scientific findings. Includes preparing and revising an introduction for scientific papers, writing a research description for a general audience, and preparing and giving presentations (both oral and poster).

Course Satisfies Genetics Departmental Learning Goals

(1) Effectively incorporate critiques from peers and faculty in their revision of written and oral communication,
(2) Effectively describe their research, using relevant discipline-specific terminology with precision, accuracy & purpose,
(3) Accurately and effectively present advanced scientific concepts through oral presentations and poster formats.

Course Satisfies SAS Core Learning Goals:

Writing and Communication, Revision (WCr)
Writing and Communication in a Discipline (WCd)

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

Grading will be as follows. A: 90-100; B: 80-89; C: 70-79; D: 60-69; F: 0-59
25%- Quizzes and class participation
25%- Writing section: 1) Final revised introduction 2) Project narrative, research question and hypothesis(PRH), 3) editing group members' introductions.
25%- Oral presentation and critiques of peers
25%- Poster section: final poster and poster session

Course Materials

Scientific Writing and Communication: Papers, Proposals, and Presentations (Third edition)

Angelika H. Hofmann, Oxford University Press, 2016; ISBN: 9780190278540


Dr. Gary Heiman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.



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