Writing 44: Topics in Writing and Science

This writing-intensive course examines selected topics in scientific communication. The
topics include writing and speaking science, poster presentations, grants writing, and
other forms of scientific communication for scientific and non-scientific audiences.
Students will read and analyze scientific literature, study the theory of science and
communication, work with existing data, develop strong advanced writing processes,
analyze and employ effective rhetorical decisions for different audiences, analyze the
relationship between form and content, and produce different kinds of scientific
documents and presentations. Dist: ART.

These WRIT 44 courses are made possible through the generous support of the Class of 1962 Writing and Rhetoric Endowment (WARE) Fund.

Writing 44.01: Scientific Writing and Communication in the Life Sciences

17S: 11; 18S: 12

Writing is a critical part of the scientific research process. Publishing results that influence others and writing proposals that get funded are essential to success in science. This course, designed for majors in the life sciences (Biology, Microbiology, Environmental Science, Biochemistry, Psychology, etc.), will focus on the fundamentals of effective written and oral communication in these fields. Students will critically evaluate the writing found in published literature, refine their understanding of the structure and style of scientific research papers, learn the basics of writing grant proposals, engage in peer review activities, and develop abilities for clear and engaging presentations. Dist: ART. Smith.

WRIT 44.02: Science and Technology Writing and Presentation

17S: 10A, 17F, 18S: 2A

In science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, your ability to present data and information in different genres and media will be important to your professional success. Writing, revision, and presentation are key components in the design process, which requires both internal and external communication. This course focuses on individual work within and across disciplines including creative research, literature reviews, papers, grant proposals, poster design, and media driven presentations. Assignments may be adapted for students already at work on research projects in their discipline. As the design process is also collaborative, assignments offer occasional opportunities to work in teams. Dist: ART. Harper, Obbard.