Oral Scientific Communication I Syllabus
ȊwpK I VoX

Course objectives:
The goal of this course is to develop the skills to effectively present and discuss scientific matters in English. The course is designed for students to strengthen communicative ability and logical thinking skills on a step-by-step basis through the year-long course.

Note, however, that this course is not an English conversation class.  The course is specifically designed to help future scientists effectively communicate their science.

To apply, please fill the Application Form.

This course is based on an education program, called the "NIG Method", developed by scientists at NIG. The contents cover various issues and weakpoints that are frequently observed in scientific situations. Ample opportunity is provided to practice various skills necessary for various aspects of scientific presentation and discussion. Students will receive advice and guidance from a native speaker of English.

Course style:
An interactive seminar in a small group of students.

Course organizer:
Tatsumi HIRATA <tathirat(at)nig.ac.jp>
055-981-6721, Dvision of Brain Function Rm. C518
Todd Gorman <gsteven(at)nig.ac.jp>

Schedule:See the following web site for the general schedule.

NIG Method for Scientific Presentation

Place:National Institute of Genetics, Rm. A124

Appropriate grade level and Eligible Departments: (x) 1, (x) 2, (x) 3, (x) 4, (x) 5:
(x ) School of Life ScienceC ( ) All DepartmentsC( ) Other

For Sokendai students, two credits can be obtained by registering for the subject “Oral Scientific Communication I (ȊwpKT) and taking the NIG Method for Scientific Presentation.

Grades will be determined by a point system. Students will receive one point for attending each scheduled two-hour class. If arriving late or leaving early results in the student missing important information for that week (eg, 45 minutes late) the student will receive only half a point for that week’s attendance. On weeks when homework is assigned, completion of homework will also be rewarded with one point. To determine each student’s grade, the total number of points earned by that student will be divided by the total number of points possible and converted to a percentage. Students who fail to reach 60% will receive a grade of “D” | not passing. 60% - 70% becomes a “C” (passing). 71% - 83% becomes a “B” (good). 84% - 100% becomes an “A” (excellent).



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