Developing a course in report writing skills

Terence E. Freeman, Alan Jones

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In order to meet the pressing problem of training first year students to write competent science reports, a course in Report Writing has been integrated into the undergraduate practical laboratories of a physics unit. This course uses a functional approach and was designed by language specialists to meet the requirements of the Physics department. At the commencement of the course less than 50% of the students were able to demonstrate a desirable level of competency; this figure rose to 80% by the end of the course. The surveys showed that the overall laboratory course was outstandingly popular with both the students and the staff who administered the course. Much of this popularity has been attributed to the clear, effective and simple marking procedures used for assessment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCelebrating teaching at Macquarie
Place of PublicationNorth Ryde, NSW
PublisherMacquarie University
ISBN (Print)1864087935
Publication statusPublished - 2002
EventCelebrating Teaching at Macquarie - Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 28 Nov 200229 Nov 2002


ConferenceCelebrating Teaching at Macquarie
CityMacquarie University, Sydney, Australia

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  • undergraduate laboratories
  • assessment marking criteria
  • interdisciplinary teaching
  • educational course effectiveness

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    Freeman, T. E., & Jones, A. (2002). Developing a course in report writing skills. In Celebrating teaching at Macquarie North Ryde, NSW: Macquarie University.