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Writing in the Sciences

Stanford University via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 4-8 hours a week
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  • Duration 8 weeks long
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Overview

This course teaches scientists to become more effective writers, using practical examples and exercises. Topics include: principles of good writing, tricks for writing faster and with less anxiety, the format of a scientific manuscript, peer review, grant writing, ethical issues in scientific publication, and writing for general audiences.

Syllabus

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-Unit 1 introduces the course and reviews key principles of effective writing. In particular, you will practice cutting clutter from writing.

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-Unit 2 focuses on writing with strong, active verbs. Lessons include how to: write in the active voice; avoid turning verbs into nouns; choose strong verbs; and get to the main verb of a sentence quickly.

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-Unit 3 reviews how to vary sentence structure and write strong paragraphs. You will practice using the dash, colon, semi-colon, and parentheses, as well as writing well-organized and concise paragraphs.

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-Unit 4 reviews the writing process. I will give you tips for making the writing process easier, more efficient, and more organized.

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-Unit 5 reviews the sections of a scientific manuscript. You will learn how to format tables and figures, and how to write results, methods, introduction, and discussion sections.

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-Unit 6 discusses the peer review process, as well as ethical issues in scientific publishing. You will learn how to avoid plagiarism, determine authorship, submit a paper, write a peer review, and avoid predatory journals.

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-Unit 7 reviews types of writing beyond original research manuscripts. You will learn how to write review papers, grants, letters of recommendation, and personal essays.

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-Unit 8 reviews communication with broader audiences. You will learn how work with the media, be interviewed, conduct an interview, and write about science for general audiences.

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Kristin Sainani

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Jadab P
5.0 3 years ago
by Jadab completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Writing in the Sciences is the one of the online free courses offered by the World's renowened University. It deals with the writing scientific papers. Anybody can learn writing Abstract to Conclusion in a lucid manner. The method applied is very helpful for science students.
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5.0 7 years ago
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The prof is an outstanding editor, and good at communicating hows to do it. I am a professional writer and editor, and the course helped me improve.
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