Biological Scientific Writing (BIOL 825)
Syllabus is subject to change during semester.
Most recent update to the course web content: 15 August 2014
Instructor: Mark Eberle, AH 424, firstname.lastname@example.org, 785-628-5264.
Class Times: Monday and Friday, 8:30-9:20.
Classroom: Albertson Hall 321 (Biology Computer Lab).
- R. A. Day and N. Sakaduski. 2011. Scientific English: A Guide for Scientists and Other Professionals, third edition. Greenwood, Santa Barbara, California. 225 pages.
- A. J. Friedland and C. L. Folt. 2009. Writing Successful Science Proposals, second edition. Yale University Press, New Haven, Connecticut. 224 pages.
- Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated, Springfield, Massachusetts. 1623 pages.
Credit Hours: 2 credit hours.
Course Description: Techniques and methods of writing scientific papers.
- Teach students basic grammar from a scientific perspective to help them construct clear, concise, grammatically correct sentences and paragraphs.
- Teach students how to prepare thesis and grant proposals.
- Teach students general aspects of how to conduct research.
- Teach students how to summarize their research in the IMRaD format in a clear, concise, well organized thesis or journal article.
- Teach students about the process of peer review in scientific literature.
- Teach students how to prepare a curriculum vitae.
Course Grades: one test (25%), written research proposal and supporting documents (two drafts, 60%), and class participation (15%). Academic dishonesty (e.g., plagiarism, cheating) or failure to turn in assignments on time can result in a score of 0% for that assignment and possible other actions by the university. For transgressions on the proposal, each draft will be considered 30% of the total score possible for the course. For example, plagiarism on one draft of the proposal would reduce the total points possible for the course to 70% (a maximum grade of C).
- Scientific writing style
- Scientific English
- Thesis and grant proposals
- Theses and publications
- IMRaD format
- Word processing
- Publication process
- Participation in scientific organizations
Course Format: Lectures, class discussions, writing and editing assignments, and reading assignments.
Course Requisites: Permission of the instructor; graduate students only.
Course Links: Class notes and assignments (additional links included within lecture notes).
Course Mantra: Be clear, be concise, and strive for the highest levels of integrity and quality. It is easy and takes little time to develop a bad reputation in any endeavor. A good reputation is a lifelong process, and this is true of learning to be a good scientific writer.
General Academic Policies: This course will comply with general academic policies regarding adding or dropping courses, grade appeals, academic honesty, class attendance, and intellectual property rights as outlined in the University Catalog.