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Fall 2014-2015
STC 349 / ENV 349 (STN)   na, npdf

Writing about Science

Michael D. Lemonick

This workshop-style course is designed to teach students in both science and non-science majors how to write about science "broadly defined to include physical science, biomedical science, environmental science, engineering and technology" in a way that non-scientists can follow. The goal is to instill not only an understanding of scientific results, but also their context, along with the nature of the scientific process itself. In order to do so, we'll focus on several important aspects of the writing process.

Sample reading list:
Oxford, A Field Guide to Science Writing
Lewis Thomas, Lives of a Cell
Richard Preston, First Light
Jonathan Weiner, Beak of the Finch
Michael D. Lemonick, The Light at the Edge of the Universe
John McPhee, Rising from the Plains

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly Paper (800 words); Midterm Paper (1500 words); Final Paper (3000 words)

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 15%
Paper in lieu of Final - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 30%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Must have fulfilled writing requirement.

Other information:
Other 30% = Short writing assignments

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23016 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T        Enrolled:20 Limit:20 Closed