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COMD 225 : Science and Technology Communication

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College of Arts & Sciences (WARSC)
Science and Technology Communication
This course introduces the practices of communicating news and issues in science and technology to a variety of publics through magazine-style writing and public speaking. Guest speakers will present research questions, methodologies and issues within the sciences. Coursework also includes readings from successful science and technology communicators, illustrating various solutions to writing about complex subjects. Special topics include identifying science and technological stories, evaluating sources and information, and communicating findings clearly, comprehensibly and accurately for publication and speaking engagements.

This course is designed to allow students to understand and be conversant about the role of information-gatherer and disseminator in the fields of science and technology. Students will be able to understand how scientists think and to learn how to communicate the significance of scientific activity to the public.Students will learn from the practices of the best communicators of scientific and technological subjects, be able to apply interview and research skills to gain and evaluate information for publication, as well as apply specialized writing techniques to scientific and technological information. Students will audience and market analyses by profiling publications as a preliminary to writing articles intended for submission for publication

1. Define how technology typically evolves and identify factors determining the evolution.2. Define the chronic difficulties faced by science writers in communicating technical and open-ended research to general audiences, and discuss how to conquer those difficulties.3. Demonstrate through tests, class discussion, and other assignments an understanding of the scientific method and the process of technology development and transfer.4. Evaluate sources of scientific information for accuracy and significance.5. Exhibit through short papers and feature articles the ability to communicate scientific information to general audiences.6. Present findings in scientific research as gathered by interviews and independent reading.

Located on the Daytona Beach Campus, the Jack R. Hunt Library is the primary library for all students of the Worldwide Campus. The Chief Academic Officer strongly recommends that every faculty member, where appropriate, require all students in his or her classes to access the Hunt Library or a comparable college-level local library for research. The results of this research can be used for class projects such as research papers, group discussion, or individual presentations. Students should feel comfortable with using the resources of the library. 

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
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