Communicating Science

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BSC 6936: Communicating Science: Writing, Reviewing, and Presenting Professionally

Why Academics Stink at Writing – Steven Pinker  

SYLLABUS FOR LECTURES/WRITING LAB

Term: Fall 2016; Graham Center 283B; Tuesdays/Thursdays 8-9:15AM                       Instructor: John Kominoski; OE 207; 305.348.7117; jkominos@fiu.edu https://kominoskilab.wordpress.com/communicating-science/

  • August
    • 23: LECTURE: Writing overview / Essential Components of Scientific Manuscript/ – Accuracy, Brevity, and Clarity
    • 25: LECTURE: Science Writing as Storytelling/Structure/OCAR
    • 30: LECTURE: The Opening: Is anybody listening?
  • September  
    • 01: LAB: Title/Abstract/Introduction
    • 06: LECTURE: The Challenge: Develop important, testable questions
    • 08: LAB: Questions that advance science
    • 13: LECTURE: The Action: When, Where, Why, What, How
    • 15: LAB: Methods and Results
    • 20: LECTURE: The Resolution: Take us home
    • 22: LAB: revised Results
    • 27: LAB: revised Introduction
    • 29: LAB: Discussion and Conclusion
  • October    
    • 04: LECTURE: Acknowledgements, Literature Cited, Tables and Figures
    • 06: LAB: Manuscript – revised Discussion and Conclusion
    • 11: No Class – incorporate writing group feedback
    • 13: No Class – incorporate writing group feedback
    • 18: LECTURE: Authorship Agreements
    • 20: LAB: Manuscript – writing group feedback (open topic)
    • 25: LECTURE: Target Journals, Instruction for Authors, Cover Letters, Prospective Reviewers
    • 27: LAB: Manuscript – Model/Example paper
  • November
    • 01: LECTURE: Co-authorship Challenges and Ethics
    • 03: LAB: Manuscript – Cover letters
    • 08: LECTURE: Service: You as an editor/reviewer
    • 10: LAB: Manuscript – First Draft Due
    • 15: LECTURE: Sound science: Scientific societies and journals in the modern world
    • 17: LAB: Reviews returned, discussed
    • 22: LECTURE: It gets better: Responding to reviews
    • 24: Thanksgiving (No Class)
    • 29: LECTURE: Accepted or Rejected? What’s next?
  • December
    • 01: Last day of class / Revised Manuscripts Due/ Course Evaluations

Required Textbook

Schimel, Joshua. 2012. Writing Science How to write papers that get cited and proposals that get funded. Oxford University Press, New York. ISBN: 978-0-19-976024-4

Grading

  • Manuscript First submission: 30%
  • Manuscript Final submission: 15%
  • Manuscript Peer Review: 30%
  • Class Participation: 25%
Publication Status & Grade

  • Accept as is: 100
  • Accept with minor revisions: 95
  • Accept with moderate revisions: 85
  • Reconsider after major revision: 75
  • Reject: <65

Expectations. Students will (1) participate in weekly lectures, labs, and discussions, (2) present manuscript sections and draft manuscripts during two labs based, (3) write a manuscript draft and revised manuscript of original, completed thesis or dissertation research, and (4) provide a journal-style peer review of another student’s draft manuscript. Successful leadership will involve preparing and circulating manuscript sections and draft manuscripts by the class period prior to the class period where materials will be presented, and integrating feedback from class into revised manuscripts. Students will be graded on their attendance (all absences must be excused), participation, facilitation of discussion and the clarity, content and conciseness of all written work.

 

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