PULSE Survey & Science Communication Essays

PULSE Survey:

This semester, the CHEM 200 & 202 courses are part of the SDSU PULSE research project. PULSE stands for Promoting Understanding in Life Sciences Education, and the project involves faculty from the SDSU College of Sciences and the Center for Research in Math and Science Education (CRMSE) who are working together to study and improve life and chemical science education at SDSU. Over the course of the semester, you will be asked to complete questionnaires about your attitudes and experiences in this class. The project has been approved by the SDSU Institutional Review Board, and your participation is completely voluntary. Your responses to the questionnaires will be completely confidential, and your instructors and TAs will never see data associated with individual names. We value your participation because it helps us improve science education at SDSU.

Science Communication Essays

In this course, you will be asked to complete two different kinds of writing assignments:

Technical lab reports: The lab reports will help you learn to communicate with fellow scientists in technical formats by allowing you to practice organizing procedural research details and sharing findings and ideas in a technical manner. The lab reports you will write in this course are modeled on those written by scientists, professors, and other researchers for publication in professional scientific journals.

Science communication essays: The science communication essays are designed to deepen your understanding and comprehension of some of the major concepts in the course while also developing your ability to communicate scientific ideas to broad audiences in your own words. In contrast to the technical nature of the lab reports, the science communication essays will help you speak more broadly about science. For example, you are encouraged to use first person pronouns (e.g., “I”) in these essays rather than more objective or technical scientific language. This form of writing is consistent with the university’s Writing Across the Curriculum initiative, and it supports national efforts to ensure that future science professionals can communicate effectively with policy makers, media organizations, and members of the general public.


If you have questions regarding this program please email [email protected]