Advanced Expository Writing: Writing in the Sciences

Thomas Akbari, MA, Lecturer in English, Northeastern University., Harvard Extension School

This course provides instruction in writing for students considering careers or advanced study in the natural, computational, or applied sciences. Through critical reading of key examples of the genres of scientific literature, students study how scientific texts address an audience, make claims, invoke prior claims, deploy keyterms, and engage quantitative and visual evidence. Students learn to articulate scientific claims of their own. The course's workshop setting fosters skills in revision, peer review, and research into the scientific literature. Projects include a substantial academic research paper on a topic of a student's choice in a form common to most scientific disciplines. Prerequisite: a B or higher grade in EXPO E-25 or EXPO S-20, or a satisfactory score on the the test of critical reading and writing skills. (4 credits)

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