Unlike the traditional ENGL 105 courses at UNC, which focus on a sampling of academic disciplines, Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Business, this class will focus only on the sciences. Designed to cater to students interested in majoring in the natural sciences, this course is a tad unusual in its focus on digital as well as scientific literacies.
To this end, many of your final projects and attending tasks will be “born digital,” requiring you to learn how to create and edit digital “texts,” whether textual, audio, visual, or otherwise. At its core, the course is about broadcasting science, whether through popular science outlets or within the academic community. Accordingly, students will create several types of scientific “texts” common in most natural science disciplines: research proposals, podcasts, prospectuses, annotated bibliographies, literature reviews, CVs, and more.