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Academic Writing

2019/2020
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
3
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
1-й курс, 4 модуль

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Course Syllabus

Abstract

This course teaches scientists to become more effective writers, using practical examples and exercises. It includes: 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. The course is offered by Stanford University, the full outline is available here: https://www.coursera.org/learn/sciwrite After completing the course students have to prepare a short 2 pages essay summarizing the main learnings form the course. For the essay the formal requirements for Master Thesis and Term Paper apply. No other format is accepted. The essay is graded and counts for 30% of the final grade. Having submitted the essay students are examined in an oral group examination involving up to 5 students and lasting 30 minutes. The oral group examination weights 70% of the final grade. Each student is assessed individually during the oral group examination.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Ability to write academic papers
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Skills in preparing manuscripts
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Course and reviews key principles of effective writing
    introduces the course and reviews key principles of effective writing. In particular, you will practice cutting clutter from writing.
  • Writing with strong, active verbs
    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.
  • Vary sentence structure and write strong paragraphs
    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.
  • Reviews the writing process
    Reviews the writing process. I will give you tips for making the writing process easier, more efficient, and more organized.
  • Reviews the sections of a scientific manuscript
    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.
  • Peer review process, as well as ethical issues in scientific publishing
    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.
  • Types of writing beyond original research manuscripts
    Reviews types of writing beyond original research manuscripts. You will learn how to write review papers, grants, letters of recommendation, and personal essays.
  • Communication with broader audiences
    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.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Essay
  • non-blocking Final oral group examination
    The Exam is planned as an ORAL GROUP EXAMINATION, online on ZOOM Platform. A Student should log in 20 minutes prior to Exam Session. Temporary internet breakdown is for up to 10 min. If longer - a written request to the course director, cc study office manager for further decision to reschedule the Exam for another date for examination: with different exam questions.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.3 * Essay + 0.7 * Final oral group examination
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • James P. LeSage, & Christine Thomas-Agnan. (2015). Interpreting Spatial Econometric Origin-Destination Flow Models. Journal of Regional Science, (2), 188. https://doi.org/10.1111/jors.12114
  • Washington, S., Karlaftis, M. G., & Mannering, F. L. (2003). Statistical and Econometric Methods for Transportation Data Analysis. Boca Raton: Chapman and Hall/CRC. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=111069

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Washington, S., Karlaftis, M. G., & Mannering, F. L. (2011). Statistical and Econometric Methods for Transportation Data Analysis (Vol. Second edition). Boca Raton, FL: Chapman and Hall/CRC. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1763415