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Effective Communication for Physicists

Official description

This course will provide the framework for the development of effective communication skills that will help you, as a scientist, throughout your careers. Effective communication is key to being an effective scientist.

We will start off with a brief introduction to the philosophy of scientific reasoning and its distinction from other means of rationalizing natural phenomena. In the research process, the creative aspects of science are often not well-appreciated. What makes great science? What distinguishes a creative researcher?

Most of our focus will be on what is good scientific writing and what makes a great scientific presentation. These will be developed by practice and by receiving extensive feedback. The course will also introduce practices that will help you be more effective as a science communicator to a more general audience.

Note: PHY1600 is a credit/no-credit (CR/NC) course. It may count towards the course requirements for a MSc or PhD in Physics. However, if both PHY1600 and PHY1610 are taken, then PhD students must take an extra 0.5 FCE (half-course lecture) to meet program requirements.

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time and location
Tuesdays 12 - 2 pm MP1115

Delivery Methods

In Person

A course is considered In Person if it requires attendance at a specific location and time for some or all course activities.*.

* Subject to adjustments imposed by public health requirements for physical distancing.

Online - Synchronous
A course is considered Online Synchronous if online attendance is expected at a specific time for some or all course activities, and attendance at a specific location is not expected for any activities or exams.
A course is considered Asynchronous if it has no requirement for attendance at a specific time or location for any activities or exams.