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Thomas P. Quinn
FISH 497
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

One-time offerings of topics in fisheries by resident or visiting faculty.

Class description

This class, "Scientific Writing and Communication", will provide students with experience reading, writing, and presenting scientific papers. It is designed for undergraduate students early in their careers, and will focus on both the principles and mechanics of scientific communication.

Student learning goals

Read scientific papers in a critical and efficient manner.

Formulate and refine scientific hypotheses.

Write and edit scientific papers, including use of text, tables, figures, and references.

Present scientific information verbally.

Understand ethical issues regarding scientific communication, including acquisition of data, acknowledgement of assistance, and referencing of work done by others.

General method of instruction

Class will involve extensive interactions between the instructor and students, and among the students, including small writing assignments, oral presentations, web searches, extensive use of computers, and peer editing.

Recommended preparation

Undergraduate standing and a desire to improve communication skills.

Class assignments and grading

Numerous small assignments including writing, editing, web searches, and presentations.

Participation and improvement will be emphasized because students may differ in background, command of English, and other attributes related to writing ability. A paper in scientific format and an oral presentation will be major components of the grade.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Thomas P. Quinn
Date: 10/19/2011