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Text: Day, R.A., and B. Gastel. 2006. How to write & publish a scientific paper, 6th 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) Provide a detailed review of one submitted manuscript.
4) Edit 5 short papers or sections of papers (See the Editing Exercise Evaluation Form).
Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575 pts
|517 - 575||A|
|460 - 516||B|
|402 - 459||C|
|345 - 401||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.
**Please return the 1st version to me when you turn in the 2nd version.
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.
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Office hours: I will be in my office daily.
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August 19 - Introduction to scientific literature & writing; Reading & citing the scientific literature; use of EKU library resources
August 26 - Scientific Writing & Editing: Basic Guidelines
September 2 - Getting funded: writing proposals
September 9 - Getting funded: writing proposals
September 16 - Guidelines for writing a scientific paper I and FIRST DRAFT OF PROPOSAL DUE
September 23 - EXAM 1
September 30 - Guidelines for writing a scientific paper II
October 7 - Guidelines for writing a scientific paper III and FINAL VERSION OF PROPOSAL DUE
October 14 - No class - Fall Break
October 21 - Guidelines for writing a scientific paper IV
October 28 - EXAM 2
November 4 - Guidelines for oral presentations and FIRST VERSION OF RESEARCH PAPER DUE
November 11 - Guidelines for poster presentations
November 18 - EXAM 3
November 26 - Oral presentations (see the oral presentation evaluation form)
December 2 - Oral presentations & FINAL VERSION OF RESEARCH PAPER DUE
December 11 - 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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