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Micro-credential Overview

Students will learn about the history of scientific rhetoric and how that impacts contemporary science writing. Students will learn about the language and style choices that are often part of science writing.

What will you be able to do with this micro-credential?

  • Understand science writing as a genre and the rhetorical moves that it makes.
  • Understand how the determination of authorship, grant-funding and other logistic factors impact writing for science.
  • Engage with the history of science writing as it pertains to bias, on both an individual and cultural level.
  • Exercise and hone general research skills, such as time management, data management and effective communication.
  • Invoke active or passive voice appropriately.
  • Follow conventions of science writing, including correct usage of IMRAD organizational structure and standard linguistic style.
  • Quickly and accurately parse relevant scientific jargon.

Intended Audience

  • UCO students completing ENG 4783/5543 History of Scientific Rhetoric

Instruction Method

  • In-person or online synchronous sessions


  • Fall and spring semesters, as offered


  • Those interested must be enrolled as a student in UCO’s ENG 4783/5543 History of Science Rhetoric course. Registration for this micro-credential is included in the course enrollment.


  • The micro-credential fee is sponsored by the University of Central Oklahoma Technical Writing Program at no cost to participants.

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What is a micro-credential?

Micro-credentials provide new opportunities to demonstrate specific knowledge, skills and abilities in ways that create a more complete picture of your capabilities. Upon successful completion and verification of the micro-credential requirements, you will be issued a digital badge that can be displayed and verified online, such as on resumes or professional social media profiles. Digital micro-credentials can provide another way to demonstrate your achievement of competencies and allows you to clearly communicate your capabilities to others.