Current issues, fundamental concepts in science and technology
journalism, communication theory, science and journalism
components, philosophy and literature of the field.
Research methods including theory, hypothesis formulation,
design, data collection, data analysis, measurement and report
writing. Qualitative and quantitative methods. Research topics.
Gathering, writing and editing complex information, translation
techniques, interpretation and analysis, literary and
organizational devices and measurement of readability.
VIBS 662. Reporting Science Policy. (3-0). Credit 3.
Analysis and reporting of legal, political, economic and
business issues in science and technology, public policy-making
processes and procedures, interdependence of science and technology
and public policy.
Sources of biomedical information, specialized
information-gathering skills, key biomedical vocabulary / concepts,
audiences, outlets, translation / interpretation, research, ethical
Assessment and analysis of environmental and health risk,
analytical procedures, interpretation of risk factors, reporting
science crisis events.
VIBS 685. Directed Studies. Credit 1 to 4 each semester
Research problem or individualized study in an area of
specialization in science and technology journalism. Topics in the
past have included, but are not limited to, magazine writing, grant
proposal editing, and
science editing .
* Required course