This course teaches the basics of writing informative essays through peer learning, questioning, and short-essay writing to beginning graduate students. It is clear that English is important for those pursuing careers in the physical and life sciences, engineering, and other specialized disciplines. Therefore, in this course, students will be asked to assess, explain, or summarize various scientific concepts by writing simple essays in basic English.
Students will develop their technical writing skills and will understand how to apply them to their chosen specialties.
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Analyze experiments and communicate their observations in basic English.
2) Be able to assess a scientific concept in basic English.
3) Be able to explain a scientific concept in basic English.
4) Be able to summarize a scientific concept in basic English.
Basic technical writing, assessing an idea, explaining a concept, summarizing results
|✔ Specialist skills||Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||✔ Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
This class is divided into five, three-week parts; each part focused on one section of an IMRaD+C paper. In detail, students will learn how to formulate and write up an Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, plus Conclusions section of a standard academic paper. By the end of the class, students should be able to generate a basic academic article in English.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Introduction / How physicists communicate Researching a physics topic||Understand the basics of writing a scientific article. Explain the importance and properties of the introduction, body, and conclusion. Review the basics of physics research in the 21st century. Discuss the importance of scientific communication and the role of peer review in physics. Understand the scientific method and ethics in research.|
|Class 2||Designing and developing simulations and experiments||Review current methods for creating simulations and experiments. Discuss the importance of data retention and current methods for long-term data storage. Understand the necessity for reproducibility of results.|
|Class 3||Discussing and evaluating data||Review the role of peer review in scientific research. Discuss various methods and platforms for the distribution of scientific results. Understand the importance of outreach and how to avoid misinforming the public.|
|Class 4||Using citations and references in academic writing||Review the basics of generating a bibliography. Discuss various procedures for the efficient gathering and organizing of references. Understand what to cite, what not to cite, and how to avoid committing academic misconduct.|
|Class 5||Understanding the register of science research articles||Review the type of language used in academic writing. Discuss the various registers: Frozen, Formal, Consultive, Casual, and Intimate. Understand the genre, audience, and purpose of an academic article.|
|Class 6||Writing an Introduction section||Understand how to formulate and write an Introduction section. Discuss structure, tense, voice, pronouns, and linking.|
|Class 7||Peer review exercises||Peer-learning and writing of a simple Introduction section in English.|
|Class 8||Writing a Methods section||Understand how to formulate and write a Methods section. Discuss structure, justification, topic sentences, and compiling of information.|
|Class 9||Peer review exercises||Peer-learning and writing of a simple Methods section in English.|
|Class 10||Writing a Results section||Understand how to formulate and write a Results section. Discuss structure, identification and reporting of trends, as well as appropriate usage of figures, tables, and other visualization methods.|
|Class 11||Peer review exercises||Peer-learning and writing of a simple Results section in English.|
|Class 12||Writing a Discussion section||Understand how to formulate and write a Discussion section. Discuss structure, error, expressions of proof, casual language, and other concepts.|
|Class 13||Peer review exercises||Peer-learning and writing of a simple Discussion section in English.|
|Class 14||Writing the Conclusion and Abstract sections||Understand how to formulate and write the Conclusion and Abstract sections. Discuss structure, identifying main results and applications, as well as summarizing an IMRaD paper.|
|Class 15||Peer review exercises||Peer-learning and writing of simple Conclusion and Abstract sections in English.|
To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.
ISBN : 978-4327452360
Writing for Science and Engineering: Papers, Presentations and Reports
ISBN : 978-0750646369
As needed, appropriate course materials and references will be made available before class via Moodle (https://tilma-labs.org/moodle) and Slack (https://tt-scientific-writing.slack.com/).
Students will be assessed on their ability to express themselves in written English.
Various written exercises : 80%
Attendance : 20%
There are no prerequisites.
Before coming to class, students should read the course schedule and check what topics will be covered. Required learning should be completed outside of the classroom for preparation and review purposes.