Welcome to Writing in the Sciences

Welcome to our class. This class will use both this website where you will find the blog, the syllabus, and the assignments and BlackBoard which will be used for submitting graded work.

We have a combination of ungraded “low-stakes” assignments and the graded assignments. In our class, 75% of your grade is based on group work. This may seem different from other classes and it is. You all do better on your final grades because the group work is usually better than any one student could have produced alone.  Teamwork rules!

You’re seeing this now because I’ve made it available to the world, but in the next few weeks we will be behind the CUNY wall and the site won’t be available to the outside world. You’ve gotten an invitation to join, please do so as soon as possible, if you haven’t already.

This is our blog. You’ll all be authors on this site so you can upload media and make posts to the site. Please make sure you are in class on the first day.

You’ll always need to use your school email. If you want to complain about being forced to use you CUNY email exclusively, then write to your university officers. Please check your email on a daily basis. I’ll collect your home email address, but please don’t rely on my sending any email to it.


Writing for Science—Public/Community Science

210.03 Writing for Science – Hybrid                                                                          Course Description

Writing for the Sciences primary purpose is to help students better understand the principles of reading and writing in the sciences. 210.03 will also give students practice of some of the specific forms and techniques used in scientific disciplines. Students will accomplish this by becoming engaged, analytical readers of scientific papers, lab reports, and other scientific writing and by observing, considering, and questioning science, the scientific method, and the epistemology and nature of inquiry. Students will learn that science writing is an act of communicating ideas to those in their field and to the general public. A passing grade (not Incomplete) in Engl. 110, FIQWS, or an equivalent will meet the prerequisite requirement.

Course Outcomes

English 210 Course Learning Outcomes

Over the course of the semester, you will

  1. acknowledge your and others’ range of linguistic differences as resources, and draw on those resources to develop rhetorical sensibility
  2. enhance strategies for reading, drafting, revising, editing, and self-assessment
  3. negotiate your own writing goals and audience expectations regarding conventions of genre, medium, and rhetorical situation
  4. develop and engage in the collaborative and social aspects of writing processes
  5. engage in genre analysis and multimodal composing to explore effective writing across disciplinary contexts and beyond
  6. formulate and articulate a stance through and in your writing
  7. practice using various library resources, online databases, and the Internet to locate sources appropriate to your writing projects
  8. strengthen your source use practices (including evaluating, integrating, quoting, paraphrasing, summarizing, synthesizing, analyzing, and citing sources)

In the Classroom

Be prepared for class. Be on time. Meet your classmates, exchange phone numbers with your assigned groups. The classroom is a forum for ideas—don’t be afraid to ask questions or share your opinions. Disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated. Do not bring food to class, but drinking is allowed. Set all electronic devices to silent mode. Your participation is necessary. The topics we will discuss have no right answers.  Each of our classes is meant to be a discussion and a forum for ideas, your ideas. Read every assignment twice and come to class ready to talk.


  • Portfolio = 15%
  • Infographic=10%
  • Multimedia Project/Wiki = 10%
  • Blogs = 20% Multiple
  • Scientific Process Description = 10%
  • Group Literature Review = 20%
  • Oral Presentation = 15%

Absence/Lateness Policy

  • The fourth and every following absence from class will result in a deduction from the final grade.
  • The third and every following late entrance to class will result in a one-point deduction from the final grade.


Plagiarism is the act of presenting another person’s ideas, research, or writings as your own. The following are some examples of plagiarism, but these instances are not exhaustive: a) Copying another person’s actual words without the use of quotation marks and footnotes attributing the words to their source; b) Presenting another person’s ideas or theories in your own words without acknowledging the source; c) Using information that is not common knowledge without acknowledging the source; d) Failing to acknowledge collaborators on homework and laboratory assignments; e) Internet plagiarism (which includes submitting downloaded term papers or parts of term papers, paraphrasing or copying information from the internet without citing the source, and “cutting & pasting” from various sources without proper attribution. Please refer to the CUNY Policy on Academic Integrity other examples of Academic Dishonesty and the related consequences: http://www.cuny.edu/about/info/policies/academic-integrity.pdf

The Writing Center

All students are encouraged to use The Writing Center. According to their website: “You should visit [the Writing Center] whenever you need someone to listen to your ideas, discuss your topics or assignments, and read your drafts. Writing consultants will work with you on planning, drafting, and revising — all of the important steps in your writing process.” For further information, or to schedule an appointment, go to their website:


Remember to always bring a copy of your assignment sheet to the Writing Center in order to help your tutor better understand what needs to be done.


We will use safe assign on Blackboard for papers. Homework assignments will have the expectations on the assignment sheet. I will not accept hardcopy in the classroom of any assignment. The Tech center on the first floor has computers for your use. Assignment links are located in the Assignment and/or Blog area on the Blackboard menu which is on the left side of the screen. You must use your school email for all communication from our class as Blackboard will not allow outside email. Make sure you check your email!

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