Simon Milligan: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2020

Name Dr. Simon Milligan
Sprachenzentrum UZH und ETH Zürich
ETH Zürich, KOL P 001
Rämistrasse 71
8006 Zürich
DepartmentManagement, Technology, and Economics

264-5812-00LWriting for Publication in Computer Science (WPCS) Restricted registration - show details
Only for D-INFK doctoral students.

Number of participants limited to 15.
2 credits1GS. Milligan
AbstractThis short course is designed to help junior researchers in Computer Science develop the skills needed to write their first research articles.
ObjectiveWriting for Publication in Computer Science is a short course (5 x 4-lesson workshops) designed to help doctoral students develop the skills needed to write their first research articles. The course deals with topics such as:
- understanding the needs of different target readerships,
- managing the writing process efficiently,
- structuring texts effectively,
- producing logical flow in sentences and paragraphs,
- editing texts before submission, and
- revising texts in response to colleagues' feedback and reviewers' comments.
ContentParticipants will be expected to produce a number of short texts (e.g., draft of a conference abstract) as homework assignments; they will receive individual feedback on these texts during the course. Wherever feasible, elements of participants' future conference/journal articles can be developed as assignments within the course, so it is likely to be particularly useful for those who have i) their data and are about to begin the writing process, or ii) an MSc thesis they would like to convert for publication.
363-1063-00LAcademic Writing Course Restricted registration - show details
Compulsory for all MTEC MSc students.
0 credits1GR. Mihalka, S. Milligan
AbstractThis course for MTEC MSc students focuses on developing and refining students' English writing skills and their understanding of the requirements and conventions of academic writing. The course is particularly designed to support students during the writing process, so participants are expected to bring work in progress (reports, semester papers, etc.) to the workshops.
ObjectiveThe aim of this course is to improve the academic writing skills needed to complete academic texts successfully and efficiently. The course provides theoretical input, practical writing exercises, and detailed individual feedback organised into one group lecture and four workshops in smaller tutorial groups.

Initially, the lecture provides an overview of the range of demands on writers of reports, papers, and MSc theses and outlines the academic expectations that students must meet. Guidance is then provided in the workshops on planning the writing process effectively, and individual feedback is provided to enhance writing ability.

The course develops a range of practical and transferrable writing skills. Students can use these skills to improve the overall quality of their academic writing and to produce their reports, papers, and theses more rapidly and efficiently. The writing skills developed here can be used beyond the MSc, whether students go on to complete a PhD or to produce reports and other documents in industry.
ContentGroup lecture:
an introduction to writing at MSc level in D-MTEC
anglophone expectations of academic writing
avoiding plagiarism

Workshop 1:
the writing process
overview of common academic text structures
building academic vocabulary

Workshop 2:
writing methods sections
embedding figures and tables
structuring sentences and paragraphs
noun phrases and articles

Workshop 3:
introductions; results and discussion sections
analysis v description
writing critically
relative clauses

Workshop 4:
abstracts and conclusions
editing your own text
punctuation, spelling, and grammar
Lecture notesNotes will be available after registration.

The course is highly recommended to all MTEC MSc students once they have begun writing assignments such as reports and semester papers.
Prerequisites / NoticeIt is also compulsory for students who started in Spring 2015 or later. It is offered each semester (spring and autumn).