Full course description
The course is delivered in a series of one lecture and four tutorials, during which students produce and revise a short research proposal, literature research paper or research article. The lecture aims to cover the structure of the three genres, and ethical issues surrounding the production of scientific texts (for example, plagiarism and non-biased writing). In tutorials, students apply principles in the linguistic sense and discover how these apply to their own writing. In particular, the 'doors and windows' (abstracts, introductions, hypotheses and discussions) of scientific papers are analysed for their linguistic and stylistic content. Furthermore, students develop the language awareness and critical skills required to review their own work as well as that of their peers. The instructor gives individual feedback on parallel block assignments at the end of the course.
Students are able to understand:
principles of scientific writing, conventions in scientific writing, the structure of scientific texts, ethics in scientific writing, plagiarism, editing skills, ethics, language in scientific writing, academic writing style, coherence in scientific writing, reporting sources.