DS3102 Writing Scientific Articles 5.0 credits

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This course is designed for doctoral students and other reserachers who wish to develop their skills in writing advanced, clear and precise scientific English.

Course fee.

  • Educational level

    Third cycle
  • Academic level (A-D)

    D
  • Subject area

  • Grade scale

Information for research students about course offerings

The course is offered every term. To see the current schedule and the online application form, please follow the link above!

Intended learning outcomes

To develop the participant's awareness of the underlying structure and patterns of scientific and engineering research articles, and to improve proficiency  in writing up scientific research in English. After the course, the student should be able to:

  • identify what constitutes good technical writing
  • recognise and express the rhetorical functions typically found in academic scientific writing
  • select English vocabulary and grammar which is appropriate to scientific papers in the student's own discipline
  • express themselves clearly, correctly and accurately in English
  • adapt their writing according to reader and purpose
  • critically review their own scientific texts and those of peers; give and take constructive criticism on content, vocabulary, text structure and organisation; apply this critisism in reworking his/her own texts.

Course main content

Participants write two short texts: a project application and a conference abstract. Thereafter they write the different sections of their own scientific article: Methods, Results, Introduction, Discussion/Conclusion, Title and Abstract. The texts are peer-reviewed by classmates in and outside of class. Class preparation also includes analysis of texts in the course material and exercises focusing on problematic areas for academic writing for scientists and engineers who use English as a second language. The course finishes with a tutorial where the teacher provides feedback on a completed research article.

Eligibility

PhD students, postdocs, researchers

Recommended prerequisites

It is important that students have come so far in their doctoral education that they have results to write about. The course is unsuitable for students in their first term of studies

Literature

Swales, John M. & Feak, Christine B. (2004). Academic writing for graduate students: essential tasks and skills. 2. ed. Ann Arbor: Univ. of Michigan Press

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Examination

Requirements for final grade

Required attendance of 75% The course requirements are fulfilled when the student has produced an article of good rhetorical and linguistic quality, and met with the teacher to discuss the article.

Offered by

ECE/Language and Communication

Contact

Susanna Zeitler Lyne, PhD, (suslyne@kth.se)

Examiner

Susanna Lyne <suslyne@kth.se>

Version

Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2012.