Chemistry for the Masses

Philip C. Sharpe, Joanne T. Blanchfield


Students in a second year Chemical Biology course at a major Australian research university have participated in a "Chemistry for the Masses" assignment as part of their course assessment. The assignment requires students to communicate scientific concepts to a general audience, which is not common for assessment within a Science course. This article describes the assignment components and reflects on the challenges of preparing students for such an assignment. It will be useful to instructors considering similar assessment in their own science courses.

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