Coursera is now offering a writing course for the sciences.
This course teaches scientists to become more efficient writers. With examples and practical exercises the topics include:
-Good writing principles
-Quicker and less anxious typing
-The format of a scientific manuscript
-Ethical issues in academic publications, and writing for a general audience.
Who is this class for? This course is for,
-Students and doctoral students
-Medical professionals, and authors of science.
Unit 1 presents the course and reviews the fundamental principles of effective writing. In particular, you will practice cutting the mess in writing.
Unit 2 is focuses on writing with active voice using active verbs.
The lessons include how to,
-Write in the active voice
-Avoid converting verbs into nouns
-Choose active verbs, and quickly get to the main verb of a sentence.
In unit 3 you will learn how to,
-Vary the sentence structure and write strong paragraphs.
-You will practice using the hyphen
-Colon, semicolon and parentheses, as well as writing well organised and concise paragraphs.
In unit 4 the writing process is checked. You’ll get tips on how to make the writing process more comfortable, more efficient and more organised.
Unit 5 examines the sections of a scientific manuscript.
You will learn how to,
-Format tables and figures
-How to write results, methods, introductory and discussion sections.
Unit 6 discusses the peer review process and ethical issues in scholarly publishing. You will learn how to avoid,
-How to submit a paper
-How to write a peer review and to prevent predatory journals.
Unit 7 reviews typefaces beyond original research manuscripts.
You will learn how to write
-Letters of recommendation, and personal essays.
Unit 8 reviews communication with a broader audience.
You get to know how to,
-Work with the media
-Interview processes, and write about science for a general audience.
Coursera offers financial support. Financing is available to learners who want to complete a course but can not afford the course fee.
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