01:447:430 EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION SKILLS IN GENETICS
This course is for Genetics majors only.
Communication is an essential part of science. Whether it is communicating research findings to other scientists or conveying complex concepts to a lay audience, a scientist must be able to effectively communicate their research to succeed. Communication in science is typically through publications, posters, or oral presentations. The goal of this course is to provide students practice in effectively communicating scientific findings. This includes preparing and revising an introduction for scientific papers, writing a research description for general audience, and preparing and giving presentations (both oral and poster).
Course Satisfies Genetics Departmental Learning Goals
Students will 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.
Course Satisfies SAS Core Learning Goals:
Writing and Communication, Revision (WCr)
Writing and Communication in a Discipline (WCd)
Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy
25%- MISC section
1) Attendance & Class participation- 13%
2) Homework- 6%
3) Quizzes- 6%
25%- Writing section:
1) Project narrative, research question and hypothesis (PRH) (Total= 8%)
a) Drafts of PRH- 4%
b) Final PRH- 4%
2) Editing & revising introduction- (Total= 17%)
a) Submit intro from last semester- 2%
b) Editing group members’ introductions- 10%
c) Final revised introduction- 5%
25%- Oral presentation
1) Outside seminars and testing critiques- 3%
2) Student critiques- 8%
3) Professor critique- 10%
4) Self-evaluation- 4%
25%- Poster section: final poster and poster session
Scientific Writing and Communication: Papers, Proposals, and Presentations (Fourth edition), Angelika H. Hofmann, Oxford University Press, 2019; ISBN: 9780190063283.
** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.