Fundamentals of Scientific Writing I-III

updated date : 6, February 2017


Course title Credit and Type:

Fundamentals of Scientific Writing I-III Discussions 1Credit   2016 October-March

Course description:

This course will explore principles of clear English writing and presentation. The class will address fundamentals of writing as well as specifics of preparing scientific papers and proposals as well as professional material such as applications. Writing assignments and discussion will be important aspects of the class.

Course purpose:

The ultimate goal of this course is to obtain scientific writing skills that scientists need in order to present their research internationally. The course is designed to provide opportunities for self-development of students as independent researchers.

Grading policy and criteria:

To obtain credit one must attend at least three of the classes and complete all course assignments. Grades will be on a A-D scale.

Course content:

This year’s course is called “The Art of the Blurb: Mastering Abstracts and Research Summaries”. A well-written abstract is one of the most important ways for scientists to reach their intended audience. This class will discuss properties of effective abstracts using both examples from the literature and work from class members. Students will also learn how to construct research summaries for funding and job applications as well as researcher web-page self-introductions.



2/21 (Tue)
 : Introductory lecture and discussion “Defining properties of effective abstracts and research summaries”
2/27 (Mon)
 : Discussion and workshop on class member abstracts
3/ 6 (Mon)
 : Discussion and workshop on example and class member research summaries/proposals
3/13 (Mon)
 : Discussion and workshop on example and class member research web sites


Classroom location:

2F seminar room of the library in National Institute of Genetics


languages used in the classroom:




Hiroshi AKASHI

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