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SYLLABUS
COURSE TITLE
FACULTY/INSTITUTE
COURSE CODE
DEGREE PROGRAMME
FIELD OF STUDY
SCIENTIFIC WRITING
BIOLOGY AND AGRICULTURE
DEGREE LEVEL
COURSE FORMAT
FORMA
MODE
STUDIÓW/STUDY
Oral instruction; Workshop and seminars;
Individual meetings
WINTER
ANDRZEJ BOBIEC
YEAR AND SEMESTER
NAME OF THE TEACHER
COURSE OBJECTIVES


share the experience in effective scientific writing;
explain the importance of the clarity and discipline of sci writing; be able to follow the
structure (IMRAD), format and style of scientific writing;
 explain the role and teach the necessary features of the particular components of
scientific papers; explain and be able to apply properly the citation rules and formats;
 teach to formulate objectives, hypotheses and conclusions, to write abstracts;
 explain and be able to go through submission and revision process;
 develop skills necessary to prepare a press release or short popular article based on
original scientific papers;
 develop skills necessary for collaborative writing
PREREQUISITES
Good communication, reading and writing English
KNOWLEDGE:
LEARNING OUTCOMES
Students will appreciate the importance of scientific papers
structure; will acquire the technical knowledge necessary for
independent writing a scientific paper;
SKILLS:
Students will acquire skills necessary for extracting principal
papers messages from abstracts and illustrative material;
will improve skills in public presentation of research material
SOCIAL COMPETENCES:
Students will be able to undertake collaborative scientific
writing;
Will be prepared to perform the paper submission procedure
COURSE ORGANISATION –LEARNING FORMAT AND NUMBER OF HOURS
Lectures: 2 hrs
Indoor workshop and seminars: 20 hrs
Individual meetings: 1 hr
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course has been designed to introduce the students to the problems related to scientific writing
(original papers, literature reviews, short communications, book reviews). In particular we will
consider the following topics:
- When should one start writing a paper? How to select a proper journal?
- Structure of sci papers; what are and how should be written Introduction, materials and
methods, results, discussion with conclusions, and abstract?
- How to present results? How to prepare the illustrative material?
- Discussion and conclusions
- Citation rules and style
- How to communicate a general audience/public (translating from scientific to human);
how to perform an interesting scientific presentation?
- Sci writing ethics and offenses
- Submission and revision procedures
- Citation reports, indices
METHODS OF INSTRUCTION
Lecture, Analyses of selected sci papers, Discussion,
Editing abstracts and conclusions, Analyzing
submission policies of selected journals
REQUIREMENTS AND ASSESSMENTS Attendance is expected in all classes
Assessment for this course takes into consideration
both theoretical knowledge and practical skills
necessary for scientific writing.
GRADING SYSTEM
4-5 partial tasks will be assessed.
TOTAL STUDENT WORKLOAD
NEEDED TO ACHIEVE EXPECTED
LEARNING OUTCOMES EXPRESSED
IN TIME AND ECTS CREDIT POINTS
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
INTERNSHIP
MATERIALS
Grading scale:
>50-60%
>60-70
>70-80
>80-90
>90
Lectures:
2 hrs
Indoor wrkp:
20 hrs
Individual:
1 hr
Individual and group team homework: 30 hrs
In total:
53 hrs 2 ECTS
English
n.a.
PRIMARY OR REQUIRED BOOKS/READINGS:
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
Davis M (2005) Scientific papers and presentations.
Academic Press. Sand Diego – Tokyo
Blackwell J, Martin J (2011) A scientific approach to
scientific writing. Springer Science. New York - London
SUPPLEMENTAL OR OPTIONAL BOOKS/READINGS:
 Miller JE (2005) The Chicago guide to writing about
multivariate analysis. The University Chicago Press,
London
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