BIOPHYS 495 - Senior Seminar in Biophysics
Fall 2020, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: Biophysics (BIOPHYS)
Department: LSA Biophysics
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Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Students should take this course in their senior year, preferably after having exposure to other 400-level Biophysics courses.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Rackham credit requires additional work.
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For Fall 2020, this course will be fully online and offered synchronously with some asynchronous components. The course will use Canvas for asynchronous components and Zoom/Bluejeans for synchronous discussion sessions.

This course covers the essential vehicles for the communication of scientific ideas: journal articles and conference presentations. Students will learn about different formats of journal articles and presentations, such as Original Research Article, Review Article, Poster, Short Talk, and Plenary Talk. Effective means of structuring, writing, and delivering a paper or talk will be discussed and practiced in individual and group exercises and through homework assignments. An introduction to the editorial process is given.

This course is designed to teach senior Biophysics (or any natural science) majors how to communicate scientific ideas and results effectively in a professional setting. This is a key skill for any aspiring scientist and prepares the students effectively for graduate school where they will likely have to present their work at national and international scientific meetings and write several original research articles.

Course Requirements:

Grades will reflect a combination of class projects, writing assignments, peer-to-peer evaluation (e.g. feedback on writing and grant proposals) and, to a small extent, participation in discussion sessions.

Intended Audience:

Senior-year biophysics/natural science majors; first-year graduate students with a need for these skills.

Class Format:

We will have weekly discussion sessions that includes peer-to-peer (breakout) sessions and therefore require synchronous (remote) participation. All other components will be asynchronous.


BIOPHYS 495 - Senior Seminar in Biophysics
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001 (LEC)
F 1:30PM - 4:30PM

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