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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 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.

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 issues.

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 in the past have included, but are not limited to, magazine writing, grant proposal editing, and science editing .

* Required course