Course: Technical English IV - Basics of scientific communication: writing and speaking

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Course title Technical English IV - Basics of scientific communication: writing and speaking
Course code UFY/ZVK
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 3
Language of instruction Czech, English
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Masojídek Jiří, prof. RNDr. CSc.
Course content
Outline of the course o Writing a scientific paper (technique of writing) o Speaking at scientific meetings o Manuscripts and figures o Conference abstract o Poster presentation o Use of presentation software (PowerPoint, Word, Excel, SigmaPlot, Dictionary, Thesaurus, etc.) o Fast reading of literature o Preparation of PhD thesis o Preparation of grant proposal and project report Students have to prepare and submit some texts and presentations for afternoon workshops and discussions. These are obligatory to pass the course: 1. Personal Curriculum vitae (1 page, MS Word format) 2. User's Manual or Laboratory procedure for any equipment or procedure used in your laboratory (1 page, MS Word format) 3. Abstract of conference contribution (1 page, MS Word format: Title, Authors+Affiliation, Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusions) 4. Short science-popularisation text for newspaper or journal (1 page, MS Word format) 5. Poster presentation for conference (PowerPoint format: 1 page of A4 to A0 size) 6. Short oral presentation (10-15 min, PowerPoint format) Important note for students: Your contributions should be submitted at the start of the course to discuss it during the workshops. Please, prepare all material in electronic form as well as hard-copy. It is useful if texts and presentations are related to your laboratory work and PhD project. Please, consult your supervisors.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Work with text (with textbook, with book), Written action (comprehensive tests, clauses), Projection, Graphic and art activities
  • Preparation for classes - 10 hours per semester
  • Preparation for credit - 10 hours per semester
  • Class attendance - 26 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
This course is aimed to PhD students and young scientists. It gives some basic principles and practical advice on the problem of writing and speaking.
The student will learn basic skill for scientific communication to prepare conference lecture, manuscript, poster, abstract, c.v. and thesis. The course is organised in the form of lectures by senior researchers and practical workshops where students present their contributions.
A student finished bachelor or master education in natural or technical science.

Assessment methods and criteria
Essay, Analysis of student's language skills, Interview, Questionnaire, Colloquium

A good knowledge of written and spoken English is required as well as general ability to evaluation and present scientific results.
Recommended literature
  • Booth, V. Communicating in Science: Writing a Scientific Paper and Speaking at Scientific Meetings (2nd Edition). Cambridge University Press, Velká Británie, 1993. ISBN 13-9780521429153.
  • Day, R. A. How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper, 6th Edition. Oryx press, USA, 1995. ISBN 978-0-89774-989-3.
  • Meško, D. a kol. Akademická příručka. Vydavatelstvo Osveta, Martin, 2006. ISBN 80-8063-219-7.
  • Šesták, Z. Jak psát a přednášet o vědě. Academia Praha, 2000. ISBN 80-200-0755-5.
  • Thomson, A. J. A Practical English Grammar. Oxford University Press, 1989. ISBN 0-19-431342-5.

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