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Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Introduction to Professional Scientific Communication

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and NPTEL via Swayam


The objective of this course is to introduce undergraduate and postgraduate students to the different aspects of professional science communication including written and oral communication, and publication ethics in research.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Science and engineering stream students interested or pursuing R&D related activities.PREREQUISITES : Basic level of understanding on concept and methodology in scientific researchINDUSTRY SUPPORT : This course is meant for professional development, and hence applicable to all R&D related industries and academia



Week 1: Introduction to Professional Scientific Communication, Discussion of creativity, research ideas and where to find them, Inductive reasoning versus deductive reasoningWeek 2: Hypothesis, reasoning and testing the hypothesis, Peer review process, Structure of a scientific reportWeek 3: Structure of a Research article, Title, abstract, methods, results, and discussionWeek 4: Structure of a Research article contd., Schematic diagrams, figures, tables and flow charts – rationale and usage, Ethics in biomedical research, Different forms of writing: scientific report, proposal, and reviews, Presentations-thumb rules and good practice

Taught by

S. Ganesh

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