SWC 400 - Advanced Rhetoric and Research
Section: 001 Writing in the Sciences
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Sweetland Writing Center (SWC)
Department: LSA Sweetland Writing Center
Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Completion of the First-Year Writing Requirement.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course aims to provide you with a critical, theoretical background in writing science. We will consider such issues as story, voice, metaphor, audience, and the function and forms of persuasion in both popular and professional science writing. A second focus of the course is students' own writing about science and practice in using a range of science-related genres. As well as critiquing and responding to readings relating to science writing, you will engage in a range of writing activities in the field of science and in a science-related subject of your choice. Peer review and class discussion are key components of the class.

This class is run as a workshop and tutorial class, i.e., class time generally focuses around discussion of readings and relevant issues, presentations and discussion led by class members, and workshopping of exercises and assignments. You will be expected to complete work outside of class times, including set readings and assignment writing.

Assignments will include in-class presentations, writing one literature review, one very short paper (200-250 words), two papers of 5 pages, and a final, longer paper that will be tied to a formal presentation. Expect to write in both popular and professional science writing styles.

Required reading includes: Penrose, A.M., & Katz, S.B. (2004) Writing in the sciences (2nd ed.). New York: Pearson Longman.

SWC 400 - Advanced Rhetoric and Research
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
002 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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ISBN: 0321112040
Writing in the sciences : exploring conventions of scientific discourse, Author: Ann M. Penrose, Steven B. Katz, Publisher: Longman 2nd ed. 2004
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