Scientific Writing

wesp2227  2020-2021  Bruxelles Woluwe

Scientific Writing
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
5 credits
30.0 h
Q2
Language
English
Content
The aim of this course is to equip the participants with the core skills of scientific writing in English.
At the end of this course the participants will be able to: Identify  and apply a systematic approach to scientific writing; Write one scientific paper in accordance to the scientific style and structure; Identify common mistakes in scientific writing and provide appropriate corrections/solutions; Identify the steps of the scientific publishing process.
Key topics that will be covered during the course are: The approach and principles of scientific writing; The style and structure of a scientific  paper/manuscript; Key elements/points and common mistakes when writing the introduction, methods, results (including tables and figures) and discussion (one session focusing on each of these parts of a scientific paper); Editing tips for the English language in a scientific paper.
Participation in this course requires a fluency in English (at least B2, especially in writing). Additionally, participants in this course should have a clear research topic and questions and the necessary material to write at least the Introduction of a scientific paper on their research topic.
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Each session of the course includes a presentation of key points; group discussion for reviewing, analyzing and correcting some sample papers and an individual assignment to apply the learning points of the session. One of the final sessions will provide the opportunity to receive  individual feedback by one of the course teachers for a draft Introduction of a paper on your topic of research.
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Evaluation will be based on (1) participation in the course sessions and contribution in learning activities, (2) assignments during the course and (3) the final course assignment.
Other information
Participation in this course requires a fluency in English (at least B2, especially in writing). Additionally, participants in this course should have a clear research topic and questions and the necessary material to write at least the Introduction of a scientific paper on their research topic.
Online resources
Course materials will be made available in the MOODLE platform of the course after each session.
Bibliography
(1) Series “Effective writing”, Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 2013(66)-2014(67)
(2) “Successful scientific writing: A Step-By-Step Guide For The Biological And Medical Sciences”, Mathews J.R & Mathews R.W (2014), 4th Ed. Cambridge University Press,UK.
(3) Clinical Chemistry guide to scientific  writing, Clinical Chemistry Mar 2010,56(3):357-360 - Sept 2011,57(9):1239-1241
(4) “The joy of writing a paper”, Breathe, 2008, 4(3):225-232
Teaching materials
  • Course materials will be made available in the MOODLE platform of the course after each session.
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Master [120] in Public Health