Course Syllabus for English-Taught Majors

Syllabus of Scientific Writing and Communication

Course No: 09044001

Type : Major elective course

Students : Chemistry major students

Term: Spring

Credit point : 2

Teacher : Ning Chen

Prescribed textbook:

1.   Goal and Target

This course it designed to help senior chemistry major students to master basic skills of Scientific writing and communication. It will give students basic ideas of how to read scientific research papers and what is the structure of a scientific research papers. It further gives the students the information, vocabulary and skills they need quickly and easily so that they can compose a scientific research papers using the style and structure in academic journals. In addition, this course will also provide the guide for students to prepare poster and oral presentation in the English-speaking international conference. It will also provide skills and examples of preparing resume, CV for the academic job applications.

2.   Contents

 

Charpter 1 What is research paper.

 

1.1  Introduction of research papers

1.2  Journals and Databases

1.3  How to search research papers

1.4  How to read research papers.

 

 

Charpter 2 The standard of a Scientific paper

 

2.1 Introduction of a stereotyped format

2.2 Precise Language and a single clear direction.

2.3 Scientific words, sentences and paragraphs.

2.4 Reviewed and Made available to others

2.5 Scientific text needs exactness and clarity

 2.5.1 Write with Precision

 2.5.2 Scientific use of tense

2.6 The paragraph is the unit of exposition

 2.6.1 Each paragraph makes one point

 2.6.2 Inside a scientific paragraph

 2.6.3 connect succeeding pragraphs

 

Chapter 3 Tools and techniques

3.1. The Standards.

3.1.1. A Stereotyped Format

3.1.2. Precise Language

3.1.3. A Single, Clear Direction

3.1.4. Reviewed and Made Available to Others

3.2. Words and Text

3.2.1. Write with Exactness and Clarity

3.2.2. How to Write Text

3.3. Numbers

3.3.1. Tables

3.3.2. Statistics

3.4. Figures

3.4.1. Basic Guidelines.

3.4.2. Figure Legends

3.4.3. Graphs

3.4.4. Aesthetics of Numerical Figures

3.5. Scientific Patterns

 

Chapter 4 The scientific paper-structures and preparations

4.1. Research and Writing

4.1. Daily Lab Notebook

4.2. A Beginning Draft

4.3. Writing the Sections of a Scientific Paper

4.4. Materials and Methods

4.5 Contents

4.5.2. Appendix

4.5.3. Results

4.5.4. Discussion

4.5.5. Conclusion

4.5.6. Introduction

4.5.7. Title

4.5.8. Abstract

4.5.9. References

4.5.10. Footnotes

4.5.11. Acknowledgements

 

 

 

Chapter 5 : How to Write an Introduction

5.1 Structure

5.2 Grammar and Writing Skills

5.2.1 Tense pairs

5.2.2 Signalling language

5.2.3 Passive/Active

5.3 Writing Task: Build a Model

5.3.1 Building a model

5.3.2 Key

5.3.3 The model

5.3.4 Testing the Model

5.4 Vocabulary

5.4.1 Vocabulary for the Introduction

5.5 Writing an Introduction

5.5.1 Write an Introduction

5.5.2 Key

 

Chapter 6: Writing about Methodology

6.1 Structure

6.2 Grammar and Writing Skills

6.2.1 Passives and tense pairs

6.2.2 Use of ‘a’ and ‘the’

6.2.3 Adverbs and adverb location

6.3 Writing Task: Build a Model

6.3.1 Building a model

6.3.2 Key

6.3.3 Th e model

6.3.4 Testing the model

6.4 Vocabulary

6.4.1 Vocabulary task

6.4.2 Vocabulary for the Methodology section

6.5 Writing a Methodology Section

6.5.1 Write a Methodology section

6.5.2 Key

 

Chapter 7: Writing about Results

7.1 Structure

7.2 Grammar and Writing Skills

7.2.1 Sequence

7.2.2 Frequency

7.2.3 Quantity

7.2.4 Causality

7.3 Writing Task: Build a Model

7.3.1 Building a model

7.3.2 Key

7.3.3 Th e model

7.3.4 Testing the model

7.4 Vocabulary

7.4.1 Vocabulary task

7.4.2 Vocabulary for the Results section

7.5 Writing a Results Section

7.5.1 Write a Results section

7.5.2 Key

 

Chapter 8: Writing the Discussion/Conclusion

8.1 Structure

8.2 Grammar and Writing Skills

8.3 Writing Task: Build a Model

8.3.1 Building a model

8.3.2 Key

8.3.3 Th e model

8.3.4 Testing the model

8.4 Vocabulary

8.4.1 Vocabulary task

8.4.2 Vocabulary for the Discussion/Conclusion

8.5 Writing a Discussion/Conclusion

8.5.1 Write a Discussion/Conclusion

 

Chapter 9: Writing the Abstract

9.1 Structure

9.2 Grammar and Writing Skills

9.2.1 Verb tense

9.2.2 Length

9.2.3 Language

9.3 Writing Task: Build a Model

9.3.1 Building a model

9.3.2 Key

9.3.3 The models

9.3.4 Testing the models

9.4 Vocabulary

9.4.1 Vocabulary task

9.4.2 Vocabulary for the Abstract

9.5 Writing an Abstract

9.5.1 Write an Abstract

9.5.2 Key

9.6 Creating a Title

 

Chapter 10: Posters

10.1 Function

10.2 Content

10.3 Organization

10.4 Section of poster

10.5 Photos, Figures and Tables

10.6 Preparing a poster

10.7 Presenting a poster

10.8 Sample poster

10.9 Checklist for poster

 

Chapter 11 Oral Presentations

11.1 Before the talk

11.2 Conference talk and Abstracts

11.3 Content and organization of a Scientific talk

11.4 Visual aids

11.5 Preparation for a talk

11.6 Giving the talk

11.7 Voice and Delivery

11.8 Vocabulary and style

11.9 Body actions and motions

11.10 At the end of the presentation

11.11 Questions and answers

11.12 Other speech forms

11.13 Checklist for an oral presentation

Chapter 12 Job applications

12.1 Curricula Vitae(CVs) and Resumes

12.2 Cover letters

12.3 Accompanying Documents

12.4 Research statements

12.5 Teaching statements

12.6 Resources

12.7 Letters of recommendation

12.8 Checklist of job application

 

Reference book:

Michael J. Katz, From research to manuscript-a guide to scientific writing, Springer; Second edition (2009).

Hilary Glasman-Deal, Science research writing-For non-native speakers of English, Imperial college press (2009).

 

 

执笔人: 谌宁

2016年11月1日