2016 Master's Scientific Communication

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Gonzales Hazel Bantolino  Ricinschi Dan 
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Course description and aims

The course aims to cultivate students' practical communication skills focusing on effective writing and speaking about scientific topics. It introduces students on how to effectively communicate their research and it also introduces different ways to present scientific data into various audience.
The course is intended to complement the more extended Technical Discussion (TD) and Technical Writing (TW) classes. Some of the topics covered by Scientific Communications (SC) are introductory and some are advanced with respect to TD and TW, so that both students who have attended or will attend TD and TW can benefit from taking SC.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be able to
- get accustomed with reading scientific papers.
- learn effective ways in reporting scientific data.
- confidently and effectively connect with the audience.
- address various types of audience.
(*) In case some Master's students find it difficult to relate to regular scientific communications (having been involved in original research for a short time), in-class exercises and homeworks referring to other types of technical communications can be assigned, upon consultation with the instructors.
An auditor in a class schedules within 30 people(in conjunction with the Master's Scientific Communication).. A taking registrant is chosen by lot by a case.


scientific reporting; scientific paper; written communication; oral communication

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The class has the "write⇨speak⇨communicate" pattern, so contribution from each student is required. There will be practice of scientific reporting through writing and interaction with everyone in the class. There will also be short reading assignments and some in-class exercises that will require reactions or opinions of the students.
1 class of audience is the goal of less than 30 people (in conjunction with the Scientific Communication). Therefore, in some cases, select the course's by lottery.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Course Orientation -
Class 2 Review of Scientific Method of Analysis -Scientific Process and Scientific Paper Structure Learn how scientists work and how they report their work.
Class 3 Strategies for Effective Scientific Communication - Ways of Reporting Experimental Data - Do's and Don'ts for Written and Oral Communication Learn the various ways including efective techniques of relaying important scientific findings.
Class 4 Oral Communication Practice - Discussion of Scientific Issue - Audience Classification Learn to communicate research to various types of audience.
Class 5 Enhancing the Impact of Scientific Oral Communications Learn to optimize the delivery of an oral presentation, content-wise and language-wise
Class 6 Enhancing the Impact of Scientific Written Communications I Learn to effectively inform and persuade in writing: content-wise optimization
Class 7 Enhancing the Impact of Scientific Written Communications II Learn to effectively inform and persuade in writing: language-wise optimization


None-learning materials will be provided by instructors

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Assessment criteria and methods

60% homework assignments, 40% participation in class activities

Related courses

  • None

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

Master's Technical Writing, Master's Technical Discussion

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Office hours

Mondays from 14.00 to 16.00 (by appointment)

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