Writing in the Sciences

16 weeks = 72 academic hours

Writing in the Sciences is a concise but comprehensive course on how to write research papers in English. The course will give you a better understanding of academic writing and the common challenges you may face as a writer. The purpose of the course is to fill the gap – the one between knowing English through academic schooling and reading, and using that knowledge in a way that will help you get your paper published in an international journal.


Writing in the SciencesThe course lasts 72 academic hours and comprises 10 major topics:

  1. Contrastive Rhetoric
  2. Writing Strategies
  3. Preparing the Text (IMRAD format)
    • how to write the Introduction
    • how to write the Materials & Methods section
    • how to write the Results
    • how to write the Discussion
  4. Writing an Abstract and a working title
  5. Avoiding plagiarism
  6. Editing your own paper
    • the ten commandments of good writing
    • tense in scientific writing
    • active versus passive voice
    • noun problems
  7. Journal analysis: analyzing journals for elimination and submission
  8. Creating a publishable paper
  9. Publishing the paper
  10. Ethics in Science

The course will provide you with a set of pragmatic strategies and tools you should apply when thinking about, outlining, writing, rewriting, and revising your paper. In addition, you will learn the unwritten rules of English rhetoric.