Course Objectives

By virtue of taking any FRF 101 course at Wilkes University, students will be able to:

Specific Objectives for FRF 101O - Communicating Science

Global Objectives

  • To enhance students' understanding of Wilkes science programs, improve studying and test-taking skills, and ability to work in groups.
  • To have students gain computer literacy and proficiency with a variety of computer systems and applications.
  • To familiarize students with the scientific literature and data presentation / analysis.
  • To promote understanding of how scientific information is effectively communicated to a variety of audiences.

Skill-related Objectives:

By completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Utilize effective notetaking practices to enhance classroom performance.
  • Navigate the Wilkes1 mainframe system
  • Effectively communicate using e-mail, send files as attachments
  • Effectively use word-processing programs and format documents containing technical information
  • Using print-based and on-line resources, conduct bibliographic searches of particular topics
  • Use spreadsheets to store, manipulate, and display quantitative information
  • Obtain digital images using electronic image-input devices (cameras, scanners), and alter those images using image-manipulation software.
  • Develop convincing visual presentations using presentation applications.
  • Effectively search the Internet for text-based, graphical, and quantitative information covering topics of interest
  • Successfully download data from the web, and incorporate it into a spreadsheet for further manipulation
  • Establish and update an effective web-page using HTML and web-authoring programs

Cognitive Objectives:

By completing this course, students will have a better understanding of:


  • The natural science programs at Wilkes, focusing on available courses, research opportunities, facilities, personnel.
  • The nature of the scientific literature
  • The nature of scientific data, and how to use quantitative information to test hypotheses
  • Credibility of scientific information
  • Issues concerning the effective communication of science to the public by scientists and the media
  • Legal and ethical issues concerning science and technology
  • How to work as a team to brainstorm, research a topic, and present it to an audience

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