2004 Fall Astronomy 429: Senior Writing Seminar  (2 units)

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Course Details:

Prerequisites: Must be senior astronomy/astrophysics concentrator

Course Schedule

Course Description:

In this section of AY 429, we will discuss and apply techniques for writing clearly and concisely. Clear thinking becomes clear writing, and scientific discussion of a few recent articles will be an important part of this class.

Grading Policies:

Grading will be based on classroom participation and writing assignments. This will include in-class writing and peer-editing work. The final grading will be done according to the following table:

Assignment Percentage
Writing Assignments 60%
Participation 40%

Homework Policies:

Late homework is accepted, but suffers a 2-letter-grade penalty for each day late. While you may work in groups, each essay set should reflect your own understanding and be in your own words.

Printable Version of Schedule

Schedule for AY429: Last updated 2004Oct03 (schedules subject to change)

Date Readings Topics Homework
Tue Oct 05 Hand out Article #1 [Cowley's last class]
Tue Oct 12 Discuss Article #1.

Principles of Coherence.

Precis handout.

Write 2 page summary of article [due Noon Oct 25 by email]
Tue Oct 19 No Class
Tue Oct 26 Hand out Article #2 Peer Editing. Shrink to 1 page including peer-editing materials [in my mailbox by noon Nov 01 ]
Tue Nov 02 Critique.

Discuss Article #2

Write title & abstract [email me by noon Nov 08]
Tue Nov 09
Discussion: What is an Abstract?

In-class writing (press release)

Paper References: