This week we looked at causes and effects of laboratory accidents as well as laboratory equipment uses and tips. E1 students will have to write their first 300 word argumentative essay on a relevant topic (check out post on online platform).
Just a quick reminder to those of you writing this type of essay for the first time. In science you cannot “prove” anything as “proof” is a mathematical term. Instead, you can provide evidence of recent, relevant, measurable and verifiable data to support your claim. Plus, writing an argumentative essay is about perspective (not truth) which might explain why you need to include counter-arguments and use solid evidence to back up your claims; just make sure your claims are based on facts and logical deductions (not just opinions).
The following link is about being critical and providing counterarguments; it clearly describes how you should use counterarguments to provide a well rounded analysis of perspectives and views on the issue discussed: How to build your critical response using argument-counter argument
This essay should also meet the following criteria listed here
I will be posting more on this next week. For now, just remember: “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response.” Viktor E. Frankl
In-sessional EAP/ESP instructor/lecturer
School of Science and Engineering, University of Crete