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Text: Day, R.A., and B. Gastel. 2011. How to write & publish a scientific paper, 7th edition. Greenwood Press, Westport, CT.
Lecture notes: click here!
Guidelines for oral presentations: click here!
Guidelines for poster presentations: click here!
Links to useful sites about scientific writing:
Resources available from the EKU Library: click here!
2) To improve your communication skills (particularly writing skills)
2) Based on the data set, write a research paper (See 'Instructions to Authors' for research paper format & click here for the Research Paper Evaluation Form), give an oral presentation, & present a poster.
3) Edit 5 sections of papers (See the Editing Exercise Evaluation Form).
Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 530 pts
|472 - 530||A|
|413 - 471||B|
|371 - 412||C|
|318 - 370||D|
*Although my comments on the 1st version of these assignments may be extensive, they should not be considered exhaustive. In other words, the absence of any comments on a particular sentence or paragraph does not mean that you shouldn’t re-evaluate that sentence or paragraph for the final submission. Based on what you learn about writing in this course plus any comments I do make on the 1st version, you should be able to determine if editing or re-writing (or deletion) might improve those parts of the manuscript that I’ve not specifically critiqued. In addition, good writing depends on context. Thus, changes you make in the 1st version may require changes in the final version - even though I may not have made specific comments.
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August 25 - Introduction to scientific literature & writing; use of EKU library resources
September 1 - Scientific Writing & Editing: Basic Guidelines
September 8 - Getting funded: writing proposals
September 15 - Getting funded: writing proposals and FIRST DRAFT OF PROPOSAL INTRODUCTION DUE
September 22 - Guidelines for writing a scientific paper I and FIRST DRAFT OF PROPOSAL METHODS (+ LIT. CITED & BUDGET) DUE
September 29 - EXAM 1
October 6 - Guidelines for writing a scientific paper II
October 13 - No class - Fall Break
Friday, October 16 - FINAL VERSION OF PROPOSAL DUE
October 20 - Guidelines for writing a scientific paper III
October 27 - EXAM 2
November 3 - Guidelines for oral presentations
November 10 - Guidelines for poster presentations and FIRST VERSION OF RESEARCH PAPER DUE
November 17 - EXAM 3
November 24 - Oral presentations (see the oral presentation evaluation form)
December 1 - Oral presentations
----- December 4 - No class, but FINAL VERSION OF RESEARCH PAPER DUE
December 10 - POSTER PRESENTATIONS DUE (see the poster evaluation form)
Other useful links:
A Dictionary of Units of Measurement
Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
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