Course Descriptions

01:447:414 Thesis Writing and Communication in Genetics

This course is open only to seniors in the Genetics departmental honors program.






Concurrent registration in 447:408, Honors in Genetics Research. By special permission number only. Please see the Genetics Dept. SPN website for information.

Course Description

Assists students with writing their honors thesis in the form of a published research article. Students will review examples of published research articles, and will use them as a guide to write the following sections of their thesis: Title, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods and Literature Cited. The Results and Discussion sections of their thesis will be completed in the next course in the sequence. This is the first part of a two-semester sequence (414-415). For seniors completing Departmental Honors; by Special Permission only.

Course Syllabus 

Fall 2020 Syllabus 

Learning Goals

This course has been certified as satisfying the following learning goals of the Department of Genetics and the SAS Core Curriculum Goals.

 Department of Genetics Goals:

  1. 3. Use genetics information and ideas to critically analyze published research articles in genetics.

4.(in part) At the end of four years, all our students will be able to design an experiment, carry out the research using the appropriate laboratory techniques and analyze and intepret their data. They will also be able to communicate their discoveries through a written article appropriate for publication in a peer-reviewed Genetics journal, and through talks or posters appropriate for scientific meetings.  

 SAS Core Learning Goals:

This course satisfies the SAS requirement for "Cognitive Skills and Processes: Discipline-Based Writing and Communication [WCd]".

This course meets the following SAS Writing and Communication goals:
t. Communicate effectively in modes appropriate to a discipline or area of inquiry.
u. Evaluate and critically assess sources and use the conventions of attribution and citation
v. Analyze and synthesize information and ideas from multiple sources to generate
new insights.

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

 Weekly assignments to read, write, review, and rewrite.

Course Closed?

To request an spn, please see the Genetics Dept. SPN website for special permission. 

Course Materials

Articles from the published literature available from the Library of Science and Medicine website.

No required textbook. Reference book in Library of Science of Medicine: Hofmann, A.H. 2014. Scientific Writing and Communication: Papers, Proposals, and Presentations. 2nd edition. Oxford University Press, NY. Paper. ISBN 978-0-19-994756-0.


Dr. David E. Axelrod, Department of Genetics, Nelson Biolabs, Room B341

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