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Combining Chemical Information Literacy, Communication Skills, Career Preparation, Ethics, and Peer Review in a Team-Taught Chemistry Course
Journal of Chemical Education
  • Mary Lou Baker Jones, Wright State University - Main Campus
  • Paul G. Seybold, Wright State University - Main Campus
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2016
Description

The widely acknowledged need to include chemical information competencies and communication skills in the undergraduate chemistry curriculum can be accommodated in a variety of ways. We describe a team-taught, semester-length course at Wright State University which combines chemical information literacy, written and oral communication skills, professional ethics, and career preparation. The chemical literature instruction includes evaluation of sources, practice with scientific databases, and an introduction to reference management. Written communication skills are addressed in a term paper assignment which includes a peer review exercise to provide students with exposure to an author’s and a reviewer’s perspective. Students’ oral communication skills are honed through training in presentation techniques and the completion of several speaking assignments. Resumé-writing, professional ethics discussions, and presentations by alumni who are employed in a variety of chemistry-related positions contribute to the course’s career preparation goals.

DOI
10.1021/acs.jchemed.5b00416
Citation Information
Mary Lou Baker Jones and Paul G. Seybold. "Combining Chemical Information Literacy, Communication Skills, Career Preparation, Ethics, and Peer Review in a Team-Taught Chemistry Course" Journal of Chemical Education Vol. 93 Iss. 3 (2016) p. 439 - 443 ISSN: 00219584
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/marylou_baker_jones/8/