Learning Outcomes

NSC Learning Outcomes

Through their NSC coursework, students will learn how to:

  • Communicate to specialist audiences using precise technical language, accurate visual and diagrammatic representations of data, and appropriate disciplinary conventions
  • Employ critical thinking and intellectual rigor in developing analyses of complex issues in science, including proposing appropriate actions, solutions, or responses
  • Communicate to non-specialist audiences through minimal use of jargon, careful use of metaphors, and other rhetorical strategies to increase audience interest and understanding
  • Communicate science using a range of appropriate modes and technologies, including oral, visual, and multimedia components
  • Understand the broader societal impacts of effective scientific communication 
  • Analyze how rhetorical choices influence the way science is communicated and understood across genres, contexts, and audiences
  • Reflect on the range and effectiveness of varied communicative strategies for conveying scientific information and crafting persuasive and accessible arguments about science
  • Reflect on how ePortfolios provide opportunities for crafting a professional identity as a scientist and communicating work to both institutional and industry audiences

Students will demonstrate mastery of these skills through their ePortfolios. The ePortfolio evaluation committee will use these learning outcomes as part of the criteria for assessing portfolios to determine if a student has earned a notation.