Course: Scientific Writing for Experimental Biologists

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Course title Scientific Writing for Experimental Biologists
Course code KMB/622
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Doctoral
Year of study not specified
Frequency of the course In each academic year, in the winter semester
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Hashimi Hassan, doc. Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
Content of lectures: Week 1: Introduction. Anatomy of a figure Week 2: What is scientific English? Research and publication: planning and preparation. Why papers get rejected? Google translate. Week 3: Readability. Short and long sentences. Word order. Structuring paragraphs and sentences. Week 4: Abstracts. Week 5: Being concise and removing redundancy. Highlighting your findings. Week 6: Titles. Week 7: Introductions and literature reviews. Paraphrasing and plagiarism. Week 8: Methods and results. Week 9: Ambiguity. Week 10: Discussion. Week 11: Discussion and conclusion. Week 12 and 13: One-on-one discussion, final test Content of practicals: Like lectures because in-class exercises occur during the same two hour class.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Work with text (with textbook, with book)
  • Preparation for classes - 50 hours per semester
  • Class attendance - 26 hours per semester
  • Semestral paper - 50 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The course is intended primarily for Ph.D. students of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Genetics program who will get priority when the capacity of the course is exceeded. The goal of the course is to introduce doctoral students how to write scientific literature in English by lectures and in class exercises.
The course is supposed to provide doctoral students with basic tools and mind set needed for scientific writing, i.e. writing an article for a scientific journal in the field of biology. This approach will involve them choosing a figure at the begining of the semester and then writing about different aspects of the figure: e.g. introduction to, describing results of and discussion of the data in the figure.
Prerequisites
Active English and knowledge of basic English grammer with the equivalent of a TOEFL exam certificate. Intermediate to advanced knowledge of one or more of the following disciplines of experimental biology: molecular and cell biology; developmental biology; biochemistry; parasitology.

Assessment methods and criteria
Analysis of student's work activities (technical works), Interview

Students must partipipate in all the classes minus 1 free unexcused absence. Students final assignment is to write a letter to the editor about an article they imagine they will submit after they have completed their PhD project.
Recommended literature
  • Wallwork, A. English for academic research: a guide for teachers. Springer, 2016.
  • Wallwork, A. English for academic research: writing exercises. Springer, 2013.
  • Wallwork, A. English for writing research papers. Springer, 2011.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics (1) Category: Biology courses - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Physiology and Developmental Biology (1) Category: Biology courses - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics (1) Category: Biology courses - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Infection Biology (1) Category: Biology courses - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Fyziologie a vývojová biologie (1) Category: Biology courses - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Infection Biology (1) Category: Biology courses - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Infection Biology (1) Category: Biology courses - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Physiology and Developmental Biology (1) Category: Biology courses - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics (1) Category: Biology courses - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Physiology and Developmental Biology (1) Category: Biology courses - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics (1) Category: Biology courses - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter