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Graduate Research Methods and Scholarly Writing in Biotechnology

BIOT S-200 Graduate Research Methods and Scholarly Writing in Biotechnology (32666)

Cheryl D. Vaughan.

Class times: Mondays, Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30 pm.

Course tuition: graduate credit $1,900.

Graduate proseminar. Limited enrollment.

In this proseminar, we focus on science writing, data interpretation, and collaborative and independent experimental design. Students who successfully complete the course are those who demonstrate an ability to assess information from the primary scientific literature, a command of oral and written communication skills, and the ability to generate a logical progression of experiments to help validate or nullify their hypothesis. Reading materials include publications on scientific writing and experimental design. Prerequisites: the instructor assumes that students already have undergraduate degrees in an area of life, physical, or computer science, as well as professional scientific training. Scientists coming from a physical or computer science background should successfully complete BIOS S-1ab and S-12, or their equivalents, before attempting to take BIOT S-200. Students must earn a satisfactory score on the test of critical reading and writing skills. (4 credits)