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VIBS 657. Issues in Science and Technology Journalism. (3-0).
Credit 3. *
Current issues, fundamental concepts in science and technology
journalism, communication theory, science and journalism
components, philosophy and literature of the field.
VIBS 658. Research Methods in Science and Technology
Journalism. (3-0). Credit 3. *
Research methods including theory, hypothesis formulation,
design, data collection, data analysis, measurement and report
writing. Qualitative and quantitative methods. Research topics.
VIBS 660. Reporting Science and Technology. (3-0). Credit 3. *
Gathering, writing and editing complex information, translation
techniques, interpretation and analysis, literary and
organizational devices and measurement of readability.
VIBS 685. Directed Studies in Science Editing. (3-0). Credit 3.
Copyediting and substantive editing for general and specialized
readerships, editorial conventions in science, resources for
science editing, author-editor relationship, editorial ethics.
VIBS 663. Biomedical Reporting. (3-0). Credit 3.
Sources of biomedical information, specialized
information-gathering skills, key biomedical vocabulary/concepts,
audiences, outlets, translation/interpretation, research, ethical
VIBS 664. Risk and Crisis Reporting. (3-0). Credit 3.
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 have included, but are not limited to, magazine
writing, grant proposal editing, advanced science editing, and
teaching science writing.
* Required course