This online course uses a task-based learning approach to teach scientific writing skills to science and engineering graduate students. The course lectures are videos that are online and can watched at anytime. Attending class in Ookayama is not required and classroom time will focus on answering questions about the homework and for groupwork. The tasks covered in the course consist of writing e-mail messages, conference abstracts, business letters, editing, writing papers for publication, copyrights and writing ethics. The number of students that can enroll in this course is limited to 20.
The learning outcomes of this course is for non-native English language speaking energy course doctoral students to learn technical English writing skills for academic communications.
Academic writing, scientific publishing
|Intercultural skills||Communication skills||Specialist skills||Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
This class will use video lecture recordings that students study-online to learn about academic writing and complete group work as well as individual assignments to demonstrate their knowledge regarding academic writing. The first class will be held on April 14th in the Ookayama classroom afterwards students are encouraged to study the materials online and in their wrting groups which will be assigned during the course. The course will use video lectures in place of classroom lectures allowing time for answering questions about the homework and groupwork during the classroom time.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Course introduction, self-introduction, syllabus, course questionnaire and Canvas LMS||course outline, communication|
|Class 2||writing, editing, tenses, transitions, writing well, online course writing materials and punctuation||writing and text editing skills|
|Class 3||Academic publishing and communication, peer review, rubrics, assessing, groupwork,||academic publishing models, peer-review, groupwork|
|Class 4||Written personal communications: letters and email messages||writing letters and emails|
|Class 5||Academic strategic publishing, impact factors, conference presentations, literature search||publishing in academia, impact factors, how to search literature|
|Class 6||Plagiarism, publishing ethics, retractions, and case studies of academic misconduct and copyrights (thesis)||academic publishing ethics and what is misconduct|
|Class 7||Writing a resume (online-linkedin), biosketch or CV and cover letter for internship, abstract writing (peer-review)||workshop and symposium oral and poster abstract writing, peer-review|
Materials for this course will be provided by the instructor online using the Canvas course learning management system (LMS).
1. "Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students", Stephen Bailey, Routledge, 3rd ed. 2011.
2. "Writing Science: How to Write Papers That Get Cited and Proposals That Get Funded", Joshua Schimel, Oxford University Press, 2011.
3. "Science Research Writing: A Guide for Non-Native Speakers of English", Hilary Glasman-Deal, Imperial College Press, 2009.
4. "The Craft of Research (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing)"
Booth, Wayne C., University of Chicago Press, 3rd ed., 2008.
5. "A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers", Kate L. Turabian, 8th Ed., University of Chicago Press, 2013.
6. Academic and Business Writing, edX MOOC from UC Berkeley,
Course Grade Assessment: 25% participation in groupwork, 75% written assignments and quizes. Late homework will be accepted after the submission deadline but assessed after taking into account a 30% point reduction or late penalty. All homework assignments must be submitted online in order to receive a final grade for this course.
Touch typing (typing without looking at your fingers on the keyboard) is an important skill that is needed for this class, since all assignments are submitted online.
This class is being taught for Energy Course and ACEEES Doctoral Students only. The course will use online materials including videos and a Canvas online learning management system to manage the course contents and for homeworks submission. Students who are preparing to submit a paper to a journal for publication or present their results at an international conference will benefit the most from enrolling in this class. This is the first part of a two course series taught on academic writing for energy course and ACEEES students.