2021 Academic Writing B

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Graduate major in Energy Science and Engineering
Cross Jeffrey Scott 
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Course description and aims

This course uses a blended/task-based learning approach to teach how to publish a paper in top-tier peer reviewed journals to energy course, GEDES, and ACEEES science and engineering doctoral students. The course covers several topics but focuses on how to write a research paper and patent. The course lectures will be delivered on-line using ZOOM.

Student learning outcomes

This course teaches non-native English language speaking science and engineering graduate students how to write and publish a paper in peer reviewed journals. The goal for the students is to advance their academic writing skills and publish in top-tier journals.

Course taught by instructors with work experience

Applicable How instructors' work experience benefits the course
The instructor worked in Japanese industry for 14 years as a researcher where he gained various experiences related to technical communications, doing research/development, intellectual property and writing patents.


academic writing, scientific publish, paper, journal, communication

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

course materials are delivered by ZOOM lecture and students do homework assignment as well as participate in group work exercises related to writing

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Course introduction, course sign-up, syllabus, course questionnaire and Canvas LMS. introduction to academic writing and course description
Class 2 What is intellectual property, prior art, how to write a patent and patent claims? intellectual property, patents
Class 3 academic publishing overview, journal impact factors, why is it importance to publish in top-tier journals, case-study vs scientific method academic publishing, case-study vs. scientific method, research question
Class 4 Writing papers for top tier journals and academic journals including exercises publishing in top-tier journals
Class 5 Writing papers for top tier journals and academic journals including exercises publishing in top-tier journals
Class 6 Graphical presentation of data and results, graphical abstracts graphical presentation of research data, graphical abstracts
Class 7 journal peer review process, online manuscript submission procedures, writing rebuttals to reviewers, copyrights, thesis, proposal, course evaluation writting rebuttals to reviewers and editors, thesis, proposal

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

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 the online course material.


course instruction material will be prepared by the instructor and available online

Reference books, course materials, etc.

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,

Assessment criteria and methods

Course Grade Assessment: participation in groupwork, written assignments and quizzes. Late homework will be accepted after the submission deadline but assessed after taking into account a 30% point reduction or penalty.

Related courses

  • ENR.E610 : Academic WritingA

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Touch typing (typing without looking at your fingers on the keyboard) is an important skill that is needed for this class, since real-time in-class group writing will take place in class. Advanced English language (conversation, reading, writing and listening comprehension) skills are recommended. Attending academic writing A is recommended but not required.


Students who are ready to submit a manuscript to a journal for publication, write abstract for a conference, or present their results at an international conference will benefit the most from enrolling in this class.

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