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301280 SE Essential scientific writing (2019W)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work



max. 30 participants
Language: English



SR 1/BZB, Dr.Bohrgase 9,/6.Stock 1030 Wien
Dates: 09:00-10:30 am 4.11, 6.11, 8.11, 11.11,13.11, 15.11, 18.11, 20.11, 22.11, 29.11, 04.12, 06.12 und 16.12.2019.
Please notice there is NO possibility to change the shown dates or time of the course. The topics in the course are highly interconnected; to avoid missing a topic, please do not plan other activities during the course.


Aims, contents and method of the course

Modern science requires young scientists to have efficient communication skills; yet, only a few programs offer formal training in scientific writing and presentation. This lack of training leads to awkward project reports and theses, poor grades, failed fellowship applications and rejected manuscripts. The proposed course aims to improve students’ competence in scientific writing. The topics covered include: structure of a scientific argument, elements of scientific manuscripts and their function, storyline development, planning, drafting and revision, scientific illustrations and essential presentation skills. Writing skills are practiced through lectures, in-class writing activities, reading additional course materials, open discussions and low-stake writing assignments.
The course will be most helpful for students CURRENTLY WRITING their Wahlbeispiel-, Bachelor- or Master project reports. The course is primarily aimed at students in the area of basic biomedical research (biochemistry, molecular cell biology, structural biology, biophysics and the like), though the students of other natural sciences are welcome to attend.

Assessment and permitted materials

Consistent attendance; the evaluation consists of different performances: quality and completeness of the seminar presentation, active participation in the scientific discussion of the presented publications, written records (the percentage of the subgrades will be announced by the course leader); each of the subgrades must have a positive evaluation.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

1 (sehr gut): 84-100%
2 (gut): 75-83%
3 (befriedigend): 64-74%
4 (genügend): 51-63%
5 (nicht genügend): 0-50%

Examination topics

The nature of scientific problems
Structure of a scientific argument
Elements of research manuscripts and their functions
Planning, drafting and editing
Research data and ethics
Scientific illustrations
Scientific presentations
Project proposals

Reading list

All literature below and mentioned on the course Moodle pages is OPTIONAL:

* Writing Science: How To Write Papers That Get Cited and Proposals That Get Funded by Joshua Schimel (2012) Oxford University Press; ISBN 978-019976024-4
* The Craft of Research by Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb and Joseph M. Williams, 3rd ed. (2008) University of Chicago Press; ISBN 978-022606566-3
* Essentials of Writing Biomedical Research Papers by Mimi Zeiger (2000) McGraw-Hill Education; ISBN 978-007134544-6

Association in the course directory


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