WRITING 400 - Advanced Rhetoric and Research
Section: 002 Writing in the Sciences
Term: FA 2019
Subject: Sweetland Center for Writing (WRITING)
Department: LSA Sweetland Writing Center
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Completion of the First-Year Writing Requirement.
May not be repeated for credit.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
Primary Instructor:

Writing in the Sciences intends to prepare students interested in science to write in a variety of professional disciplines. Communicating scientific information calls for a keen awareness of audience expectation. Students in this course will write in at least two forms of science communication, an academic article and a public-facing news piece, in order to build skill in identifying and targeting a specific audience. Class discussions will focus on the structure of these forms and their intentions as well as elements of scientific style on the sentence level. Students will practice writing and revising in these two situations.

The course will also help students to strengthen their research skills in scientific disciplines by finding, reading, and interpreting quantitative scholarly information. Students will gain experience working collaboratively through structured peer review.

Course Requirements:

  • Regular attendance and participation
  • Peer editing and conferencing on assignment drafts
  • One-on-one conferences with course instructor
  • Research paper on a topic of scientific interest
  • Journalistic writing assignment

Graduate students will be required to complete one additional substantial writing assignment.

Intended Audience:

Upperclassmen science majors, graduate-level students, and other students interested in science who want to improve their research skills as well as their skill and versatility as writers.

Class Format:

This class meets for 1 hour three times per week and will feature a mixture of writing workshop exercises, facilitated group discussions, short instructor lectures, and one-on-one conferences between students and the course instructor.

WRITING 400 - Advanced Rhetoric and Research
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
MWF 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Note: This section (001) does not offer graduate credit.
002 (SEM)
3Graduate Standing
MWF 9:00AM - 10:00AM
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