Office of Undergraduate Instruction

01:447:414 Thesis Writing and Communication in Genetics

This course is open only to seniors in the Genetics departmental honors program.


Offered

Fall

Credits

1.5

Prerequisites

Concurrent registration in 447:408, Honors in Genetics Research. By special permission number only. Obtain Special Permission from Genetics Dept. Undergraduate Office, Nelson B416.

Course Description

Assists students with writing their honors thesis in the form of a published research article. Students will review examples of published research articles, and will use them as a guide to write the following sections of their thesis: Title, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods and Literature Cited. The Results and Discussion sections of their thesis will be completed in the next course in the sequence. This is the first part of a two-semester sequence (414-415). For seniors completing Departmental Honors; by Special Permission only.

Learning Goals

This course has been certified as satisfying the following learning goals of the Department of Genetics and the SAS Core Curriculum Goals.

 Department of Genetics Goals:

3. Use genetics information and ideas to critically analyze published research articles in genetics.

4.(in part) At the end of four years, all our students will be able to design an experiment, carry out the research using the appropriate laboratory techniques and analyze and intepret their data. They will also 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.  
     

 SAS Core Learning Goals:

This course satisfies the SAS requirement for "Cognitive Skills and Processes: Discipline-Based Writing and Communication [WCd]".

This course meets the following SAS Writing and Communication goals:
t. Communicate effectively in modes appropriate to a discipline or area of inquiry.
u. Evaluate and critically assess sources and use the conventions of attribution and citation
correctly.
v. Analyze and synthesize information and ideas from multiple sources to generate
new insights.

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

 Weekly assignments to read, write, review, and rewrite.

Course Closed?

If the course is closed, please use the following link to ad your name to the wait list: Wait List Sign Up for Fall 2017 Courses . If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen McDonald in the Genetics Undergraduate Office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Course Materials

Articles from the published literature available from the Library of Science and Medicine website.

No required textbook. Reference book in Library of Science of Medicine: Hofmann, A.H. 2014. Scientific Writing and Communication: Papers, Proposals, and Presentations. 2nd edition. Oxford University Press, NY. Paper. ISBN 978-0-19-994756-0. $37.95.

Faculty

Dr. David E. Axelrod, Dept Genetics, Nelson Biolabs Rm B341


** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.

 

Contact Us

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