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||Undergraduate Physics Major Student Development of Written, Visual, and Oral Communication Skills
||Effective communication is one of many skills that an undergraduate physics student develops during his/her college years. At Luther College, as a liberal arts institution, broader skills such as written and oral communication are especially important and are an intentional part of the college curriculum. Within science major courses at Luther, new college-wide guidelines for departmental assessment have prompted further development of courses within the major with a writing-intensive component. In a pair of sequential sophomore-level modern physics courses, students develop communication skills through use of peer-review and multiple drafts of lab reports, in addition to the development of an end-of-year poster presentation. Multiple opportunities to revise and improve on both the experimental results and the reporting of the results helped the students to hone their scientific communication skills. Progress of student work throughout the 2011-2012 year is discussed qualitatively and analyzed quantitatively using a departmental rubric for assessment of physics student work.
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