BIO 801
Scientific Literature and Writing - Biology

Instructor: Gary Ritchison
Office: SCIBD 4221
Office phone: 859-622-1541

Text: Gastel, B., and R. A. Day. 2016. How to write & publish a scientific paper. Greenwood Press, Westport, CT.

Lecture notes: click here!

Guidelines for oral presentations: click here!

Guidelines for poster presentations: click here!

Resources available from the EKU Library: click here!

Course objectives:

Course requirements:


Final grades will be assigned based on total points earned:
387 - 430 A
344 - 386 B
301 - 343 C
258 - 300 D
< 257 F

Attendance policy: Attendance is required only for exams and oral presentations. Those absent with no legitimate reason on the dates of oral presentations will be penalized 5% of their total points at the end of the semester. Please, if possible, see me in advance if you must be absent on dates when attendance is required.

Mid-term grade: If you have any questions about your grade at mid-term, please feel free to stop by my office.

Office hours: I will be in my office daily.

Disability Accommodation Statement: A student with a "disability" may be an individual with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities such as learning, seeing or hearing. Additionally, pregnancy accompanied by medical conditions that causes a similar substantial limitation may also be considered under the ADA. If you are registered with the Office of Services for Individuals with Disabilities, please obtain your accommodation letters from the OSID and present them to the course instructor to discuss any academic accommodations you need. If you believe you need accommodation and are not registered with the OSID, please contact the office in the Whitlock Building Room 361, by email at or by telephone at (859) 622-2933. Upon individual request, this syllabus can be made available in an alternative format.

Academic Integrity: Students are advised that EKU's Academic Integrity Policy will strictly be enforced in this course.  The Academic Integrity policy is available at statement is applicable to all EKU students in all courses regardless of whether it appears in the class syllabus.Questions regarding the policy may be directed to the Office of Academic Integrity.

Tentative Schedule:

August 20 - Introduction to scientific literature & writing; use of EKU library resources

August 27 - Scientific Writing & Editing: Basic Guidelines

September 3 - NO CLASS - Labor Day

September 10 - Scientific Writing & Editing: Basic Guidelines 

September 17 - Getting funded: writing proposals  

September 24 - Guidelines for writing a scientific paper I and FIRST DRAFT OF PROPOSAL INTRODUCTION DUE

October 1 - 'TAKE-HOME' EXAM 1

October 8 - Guidelines for writing a scientific paper II

October 15 - NO CLASS - Fall Break

October 22 - EXAM 2

Friday, October 26 - FINAL VERSION OF INTRODUCTION DUE (via email)

October 29 - Guidelines for writing a scientific paper III

November 5 - EXAM 3

November 12 - Guidelines for oral presentations


November 19 - Guidelines for poster presentations  

November 26 - 'TAKE-HOME' EXAM 4   

December 3 -Oral presentations (see the oral presentation evaluation form  

----- Monday, December 10 - No class, but FINAL VERSION OF RESEARCH PAPER DISCUSSION DUE (via email)

December 15 - POSTER PRESENTATIONS DUE (via email) (see the poster evaluation form)

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