1 Course overview & introductory questionnaire  

Background on Assignment #1

Discuss article on science museum

Assignment #1: A Critical Review of a Science Museum Exhibit assigned

Elements of critical review writing: Purpose, audience, content, structure and style

Discuss science museum reviews

4 In-class workshop on museum review assignment in progress:

  • Clarifying the purpose and audience of your review
  • Establishing the framework and focus
  • Organizing your main ideas


Examining other kinds of critical reviews in science

Discuss science book reviews

Assignment #1 due
6 Background on Assignments #2 and #3 Assignment #2: A Prospectus for a Science Essay & Assignment #3: A Researched Science Essay for the General Public assigned
7 General principles for writing about science for the general public: A mathematician’s perspective  
8 Researching your topic  
9 Discuss science essay  
10 Discuss science essay Assignment #2 due one day after Session 10
11 Using source material in your writing  
12 Discuss science essay  
13 Citing source material  
14 Illustrations in scientific & technical writing Assignment #3 due three days after Session 14
15 Writing workshop on science essays  
16 Background on Assignment #3 Assignment #4: A Proposal assigned
17 Topic workshop  
18 Absracts & budgets  
19 Writing workshop: Reviewing proposals Assignment #4 due three days after Session 19
20 Workshop on communicating through email  
21 Principles of effective public speaking  
22–25 Oral presentations  

Course Info

As Taught In
Spring 2017
Learning Resource Types
Written Assignments with Examples