This 1-semester course (14 x 1 hour) introduces students to the practical and theoretical principles of scientific writing in English. To improve their language skills, students will do practical exercises and write short scientific texts, which will be returned with feedback from the instructor.
In this course, students learn how to 1) structure, write, and revise scientific texts for different target audiences in English, 2) publish their work, and 3) communicate the importance of their work to others. They will also learn which tools are available for each step of the writing process and how to use them.
The course, intended for Master's and doctoral students, provides a solid foundation for writing scientific articles or theses. Students are encouraged to write on a topic close to their research area.
The following topics will be covered in 14 weeks: 1. Writing texts for target audiences 2. Creating a flow, storytelling 3. Content writing 4. Writing English like a native speaker 5. Structure of a research article 6. Figures, tables, and visualizations 7. Citation and using reference managers 8. Revising texts and proofreading 9. The scientific publishing industry 10. Submitting to a journal 11. Communication, outreach, impact analysis 12. Content writing, using style guides including that of ETH Zurich 13. Plagiarism, Good Scientific Practice, FAIR Principles
Slides will be made available on Moodle.
There are no required learning materials. Some units follow Essentials of Writing Biomedical Research Papers, Second Edition by Mimi Zeiger.
Concepts and Theories
Techniques and Technologies
Media and Digital Technologies
Sensitivity to Diversity
Integrity and Work Ethics
Self-direction and Self-management
Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)