To improve the writing and speaking skills of
scientists presenting science-related content to various
In striving to achieve this objective, the course uses
- Lectures on various aspects of writing and speaking.
- Three papers and two talks by each class member.
- Audience of papers is non-science peers.
- Audience of talks is students in Physics 596.
- Class peer assessment: solely of the talks and partially of the
drafts of the papers.
Detailed, written, instructor comments on all assignments.
These extensive and rigorous comments are
not personal attacks but instead serious, constructive
suggestions for improvement.
For Papers and Talks
|Can define topic for particular audience
||Find a limited subject.|
Develop a point of view.
|Can find useful references/illustrations
||In library and on web.
|Can write sentence outline
||Each sentence is a topic sentence.|
This approach can greatly speed up writing process.
|Each topic sentence is point of one paragraph.
||Each topic sentence is point of one viewgraph.
|Can write paragraph to develop topic-sentence's point.
||Can organize viewgraph to explain viewgraph's point.
|Can use criticism to improve the draft.
||By practicing the talk can learn to improve it.
|Can effectively critique others: both finding flaws and offering
||Can see how criticism of others could be applied to own talk.
Your comments and
suggestions are appreciated.
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