ERIC Number: ED170094
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr-23
Reference Count: 0
Biomedical Communication Skills for Minority Students.
Dubois, Betty Lou
A course in communications skills for the biomedical sciences is a component unique to the New Mexico State University MARC Honors Undergraduate Program. The program seeks to identify and assist minority students who show evidence of having clear potential to perform at a high level in the biomedical sciences and who show a determination to enter graduate programs leading to a Ph.D. degree. The major objectives of the course are to teach the students to (1) present research papers at scientific meetings; (2) speak to lay groups about their scientific research; (3) write articles for scholarly journals, and (4) write papers on scientific topics for laymen. The method of attack includes analysis of journal articles as to the major divisions of a paper, functions of individual sentences, and flaws in writing. Differences between top level writing for scientists or for laymen are also examined. Tape recordings from scientific meetings provide examples of good and poor spoken presentations and special attention is devoted to repetition of ideas, discourse cues, stylistic integrity and use of visual ideas. Student written work, oral video taped presentations, group editing practices, and instruction in writing proposals are also included. The course helps students to see writing as a process and become aware of the steps necessary to produce a polished piece of work. (Author/DS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of General Medical Sciences (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: MARC Honors Undergraduate Program; New Mexico State University
Note: Paper presented at the Annual TESOL Convention (Boston, Massachusetts, February 27-March 4, 1979)