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# XPE04SCWR – Scientific Writing

Syllabus for Summer 2019, 4 Credits.

Objective(s): The overall aim of this course is twofold:

1) LECTURES [Chang-hee Won]: With the assistance of a Fulbright Distinguished Chair at CTU and a Professor in Electrical Engineering for Temple University (a research university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA), researchers will be instructed on how to organize and effectively communicate their scientific results. While this instructor is an Electrical Engineer, the approaches will be applicable to all technical disciplines.

2) SEMINARS [Michael Ynsua]: Under the guidance of a native-speaking English teacher, participants will focus on the fundamentals of academic writing with the goal of sharpening critical writing skills (reasoning, formulating, and developing arguments and explanations). Special attention will also be paid to mechanics, usage, and style (grammar, etc).

Intended Audience: Anyone who may be writing his/her first paper (regular, conference or journal) and would like the opportunity to improve his or her scientific writing skills.

Location: T2: A4-202b

Time: Tuesdays 9:15-10:45 (blocks 3 and 4)

Materials: To be provided by the instructor(s) or made available online.

Credit Requirements: Students are to (1) miss no more than 2 classes (excessive lateness can lead to an absence). (2) participate actively during class. (3) work independently on home assignments (neglect of HW assignments can result in expulsion/failure to get credit). (4) hand in presentation slides (5) hand in a written assignment: Ph.D. students – Scientific Conference Paper – 3000 words [incl. abstract (~100 words) & references (~300 words)]

Week 1: LECTURE [Chang-hee Won]: (February 18 – 22) Scientific Publications Peer Review Process

		HW #1 Assigned: Paper Outline


Week 2: SEMINAR [Michael Ynsua]: (February 25 – March 1) Pre-Writing: What is Academic Writing? Choosing and Narrowing a Topic. Brainstorming. Analyzing the Question. Planning (Outlining). Other Pre-Writing decisions: American vs British English. Capitalization. Abbreviations & Numbers. Punctuation.

Week 3: LECTURE [Chang-hee Won]: (March 4 – 8) Scientific Writing Overview. Differences between Scientific Writing and other Writing.

		HW#1 Due. HW#2 Assigned: Paper Draft

Week 4: SEMINAR [Michael Ynsua]: (March 11 – 15) Writing: The Introductory Paragraph. Recognizing the Parts of an Introduction. The Difference between an Abstract and an Introduction.

Week 5: LECTURE [Chang-hee Won]: (March 18 – 22) Titles, Abstracts, Methods, and Conclusions of a Scientific Paper. Organizing and Discussing Results.

		HW#2 Due. HW#3 Assigned: Presentation Slide Draft

Week 6: Individual Consultations (March 25 – 29)

Week 7: SEMINAR [Michael Ynsua]: (April 1 – 5) Writing: What Is a Paragraph? Paragraph Structure (The Three Parts of a Paragraph). Unity and Coherence

Week 8: LECTURE [Chang-hee Won]: (April 8 – 12) Strategies for Reviewing and Revising a Scientific Paper. Presenting Data.

		HW#3 Due. HW#4 Assigned: Revise a Paper

Week 9: SEMINAR [Michael Ynsua]: (April 15 – 18) Writing: Facts versus Opinions. Concrete Supporting Details. Examples / Extended Examples. Paraphrases/Summaries. Statistics/Quotations (&Documenting Sources of Information).

Week 10: Individual Consultations (April 23 – 26)

Week 11: LECTURE [Chang-hee Won]: (April 29 – May 3) Researching and Presenting Prior Work for a Scientific Paper Plagiarism. References

		HW#4 Due.  HW#5 Assigned: Final Paper

Week 12: SEMINAR [Michael Ynsua]: (May 6 – 10) Writing: The Conclusion. Concluding Paragraphs. Strategies for an Effective Conclusion & Concluding Strategies That Do Not Work.

Week 13: Deadline for Scientific Paper and Slides

		HW#5 Due on May 14th.

(May 13 – 17) (Substitute Lesson: Tues. 14.5 follows Wed. Schedule)

Week 14: LECTURE [Chang-hee Won]: (May 20 – 24) Presentation and Final Feedback

Grading: Assignments: The course grade will be determined by scores assigned to assignments turned in throughout the semester. The scored on the following scale: - 3 Points: Assignment was completed as directed with few structural/grammatical errors - 2 Points: There were several minor or at least one major structural/grammatical error - 1 Point: Assignment was turned in but is quite greatly flawed/incomplete/unreadable - 0 Point: No assignment was submitted

Do note that the intent of these assignments is to give you practice writing and for you to receive feedback on your writing. Writing a technical paper is an iterative process and all these assignments will pertain to that effort. So, these assignments are mandatory.

Presentation: The presentation is mandatory.

Final Paper: The final paper is mandatory and will be scored by the instructor per rubric based on guidelines provided in advanced.

Attendance: Semester assignments can only be submitted/completed during the class time (or before, by prior arrangement with the instructor).