Week 4 (Feb 2 – Feb. 8)



  • Read, listen, and view to lectures as they are posted throughout the week.
  • Complete weekly Participation Post assignments.
    • One Initiating post should respond to Prelli reading. Identify and briefly describe five key ideas Prelli discusses.
    • One Initiating post should respond to the Gopen and Swan reading.
    • One Responding post should respond to one of your classmates’ posts.
  • Complete Week 3 Reflection assignment. Due: Tues., Feb. 2, 10:00 PM.
  • Finish drafting Rhetoric of Science Essay. Peer-review draft due: Feb. 5, 10:00 PM.
  • Start work on Week 4 Reflection assignment. Due: Tues., Feb. 9, 10:00 PM.
  • Peer review of Rhetoric of Science Essay. Due: Mon., Feb. 8, 10:00 PM.
  • Continue work on the Job Application Packet assignment. Due: Feb. 22, 10:00 PM.


  • Paradis, James G., and Muriel L. Zimmerman. The MIT Guide to Science and Engineering Communication. 2nd ed. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2002. (Required textbook)
    • Ch. 5: “Revising for Organization and Style,” pp. 51-60.
    • Ch. 9: “Documenting Sources,” pp. 123-134.
  • Gopen, George D, and Judith A. Swan. “The Science of Scientific Writing.” American Scientist 78 (1990): 550-558. (.pdf in Blackboard)
  • Prelli, Lawrence J. “The Rhetorical Construction of Scientific Ethos.” Landmark Essays on Rhetoric of Science: Case Studies. Ed. Randy Allen Harris. Mahwah: Hermagoras Press, 1997. 87-104. (.pdf in Blackboard)