|Teaching method||Contact hours|
|Course coordinator(s)||dr. CF Barrett|
|Lecturer(s)||dr. CF Barrett|
|Examiner(s)||dr. CF Barrett|
Language of instruction:
This course provides a general overview and some theoretical background on various aspects of academic writing, including: 1) text structure and parts, 2) international standards for illustrations and referencing, and 3) use of the English language for increased readability. During three weekly interactive classes, a combination of theoretical background and examples will be discussed. Students will then prepare and submit a written report to meet the scientific standards discussed in the lectures. Comments and feedback on the submitted reports are then given by the instructor.
After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- incorporate the components of a scientific research report (cover, title, abstract, table of contents, introduction, methods, results, conclusions, references, tables/graphs, appendices, etc.) in their writing;
- appreciate the importance of communicating clearly in writing as an academic scientist; and
- apply the rules of scientific writing to their subsequent research reports.
The class meets three times, with each session focusing on a different aspect of the scientific writing process, including:
- an introduction to scientific writing and the writing process, including a detailed look at report structure (the writing process, format, etc.) and parts (abstract, introduction, tables and graphs, etc.);
- referencing (outlining of the main systems and how/when to use references) and the use of tables and graphs; and
- the use of clear language for effective communication.
Students are expected to submit a final written assignment (report).
Students will be assessed on the quality of their final report. Active participation during the classes (attendance) is a prerequisite for passing.
Handouts will be available via Brightspace.