FAE3011 Writing Popular Science Publications 1.5 credits

Populärvetenskapling framställning

Aims of the course are:

·        To give the student insight into how to write science in a way that it is interesting for the general public or for children;

·        To develope the students ability to critically evaluate what is relevant when writing to people who are not experts in the scientific field;

  • To develope the students ability to present their scientific work in a way that relates it to daily social and infrastructural problems; to show how their science is relevant to society.

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The course entails definition of the project; what is to be written, to whom and why. The scope of the publication should be defined and discussed with an adviser at the department of SEED. The manuscript must be sent for internal peer review. When the document is published it should be sent to everyone at the department and preferably a short seminar/commentary at the weekly department meeting is to be given.

Documentation of the course is required.

This includes:

  • A copy of the popular publication.
  • Documentation of the discussions with the adviser – how you decided on the topic and scope of the topic and the reason why you felt you wanted to write the publication.
  • A written discussion about your learning experiences in writing the popular publication compared to writing scientific articles.
  • Documentation of the time you spent on the course, for 1.5 ECTS a minimum of 40 hours of work is required.

Intended learning outcomes *

Aims of the course are:

  • To give the student insight into how to write science in a way that it is interesting for the general public.
  • To develop the students ability to critically evaluate what is relevant when writing to people who are not experts in the scientific field.
  • To develop the students ability to present their scientific work in a way that relates it to daily social and infrastructural problems. To show how their science is relevant to society.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

MSc in geosciences or environmental sciences. Knowledge in basic soil chemistry or water chemistry is recommended.

Recommended prerequisites

The course entails definition of the project; what is to be written, to whom and why. The scope of the publication should be defined and discussed with an adviser at the department of Land and Water Resources Engineering. The manuscript must be sent for internal peer review. When the document is published it should be sent to everyone at the department and preferably a short seminar/commentary at the weekly department meetting is to be given.

Documentation of the course is required.

This includes:

•                     A copy of the popular publication.

•                     Documentation of the discussions with the adviser – how you decided on the topic and scope of the topic and the reason why you felt you wanted to write the publication.

•                     A written discussion about your learning experiences in writing the popular publication compared to writing scientific articles.

•                     Documentation of the time you spent on the course, for 1.5 ECTS a minimum of 40 hr of work is required.

In order to recieve 1.5 ECTS the student must have worked at least 40 hours with this course.

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Literature

Research papers, book chapters, extracts from books. Details to be announced before start of the course.

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

P, F

Examination *

  • INL1 - Homework, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade *

Participation in seminar discussions, solved exercise problems, completed project work assignment.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Examiner

Elzbieta Plaza

Further information

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Offered by

ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering

Main field of study *

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Education cycle *

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Contact

Elzbieta Plaza (elap@kth.se)

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering