2018 Scientific Communication

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Ricinschi Dan  Gonzales Hazel Bantolino 
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Thr5-6(すずかけ台(Suzukakedai), B223)  
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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.


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.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 13:20-14:50,Thu., June, 14 at Suzukake-dai B223 Course Orientation -
Class 2 13:20-14:50,Thu., June, 21 at Suzukake-dai B223 Review of Scientific Method of Analysis ‒Scientific Process and Scientific Paper Structure Learn how scientists work and how they report their work.
Class 3 13:20-14:50,Thu., June, 28 at Suzukake-dai B223 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 13:20-14:50,Thu., July, 5 at Suzukake-dai B223 Oral Communication Practice - Discussion of Scientific Issue - Audience Classification Learn to communicate research to various types of audience.
Class 5 13:20-14:50,Thu., July, 12 at Suzukake-dai B223 Enhancing the Impact of Scientific Oral Communications Learn to optimize the delivery of an oral presentation or debate, content‒wise and language‒wise
Class 6 13:20-14:50,Thu., July, 19 at Suzukake-dai B223 Enhancing the Impact of Scientific Communications on Problems and Solutions Learn to effectively inform and persuade audiences in context of signaling problems and their solutions
Class 7 13:20-14:50,Thu., July, 26 at Suzukake-dai B223 Enhancing the Impact of Scientific Written Communications Learn to effectively inform and persuade in writing: content-wise and language‒wise optimization
Class 8 13.20-14.05, Thu, August, 2, at Suzukakedai B223 Summary and Interactive Student Discussion Learn to communicate research to various types of audience.


None-learning materials will be provided by instructors

Reference books, course materials, etc.


Assessment criteria and methods

60% homework assignments, 40% participation in class activities

Related courses

  • Technical Writing
  • Technical Discussion

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


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Office hours

Mondays from 14.00 to 16.00 (by appointment)

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