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Aspects of Scientific Writing

FDA025, 2006VT

Status Archive
School Computer and Information Science (CIS)
Division HCS
Owner Erik Hollnagel
Homepage http://www.ida.liu.se/~eriho/Aspects/Index.htm

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Course plan

No of lectures

Seven sessions (7 * 3 hours)

Recommended for

All doctoral students at IDA/HMI.

The course was last given

Spring 2005.

Goals

To provide the basic skills needed for reading, writing and presenting scientific work (journal papers, monographs, presentations). This includes guidelines for structuring written and oral presentations, as well as for critical reading.

Prerequisites

Good working knowledge of English.

Organization

The seven 3-hour sessions will be used to gain experience with the principles of scientific reading and writing. The first five sessions will use examples taken from the open literature. The last three sessions will focus on the participants' own research.

Contents

The seminars will take the form of guided analyses and discussions of a number of selected scientific papers, and use these to illustrate essential points relating to reading, writing and presentation. Course participants are required to read through a number of selected papers and discuss their analysis during classes. Course participants are encouraged to suggest examples of papers that they consider particularly good or bad. The papers need not be within their own area of interest or expertise. Specific exercises deal with titles, how to introduce and conclude a paper, and absatracts. Course participants shall also practice giving a presentation of their own research.

Literature

Swales, J. M. & Feak, C. B. (2004). Academic Writing for Graduate Students (Second Edition). The University of Michigan Press. (Paperback, ISBN 0-472-08856-4, $20.95).
Lindstedt, I. (2002). Textens hantverk. Om retorik och skrivande. Lund, Sweden: Studentlitteratur.

Lecturers

Erik Hollnagel.

Examiner

Erik Hollnagel.

Examination

Active presence during all seminars. A short report (< 1 page) from each seminar + a four page paper presenting each participant's own research and illustrating the benefits of good scientific writing + a summary report with guidelines for good writing.

Credit

5 credits.

Comments

The course requires about 1 day of work per session, in addition to the sessions themselves. Excellent time management skills are therefore essential.


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