VMED5410 Scientific Writing and Speaking
Instructor's name: Sagar Goyal
Office location: 352 Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Office hours: 8:30AM-4:00PM (M-F)
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Number of credits: 2 credits (course can be repeated 1 time)
Enrollment cap: 16
Day, time, and location of course: day - Monday, time - 2-4pm, location – 280VDL
Brief description of the course: For graduate students in Health Sciences. Techniques of writing and publishing papers and theses including manuscript preparation, submission and review process, and proofreading and publishing processes. Oral and poster presentations at scientific meetings and "Better Grant Writing" will also be covered.
Required and recommended materials and the location of the materials:
There are no assigned materials for this course.
Course Goals, Objectives, and Expectations
To prepare students for a career in sciences.
To help students in preparing manuscripts well, writing winning grants, and in delivering very good scientific talks.
The students would be able to give talks without any fear or hesitation; they will be able to write well; and they will appreciate the effort that goes in grant writing and how to succeed in that arena.
Schedule of topics, assignments, papers, projects, etc.:
- Introduction, Correction of a badly prepared manuscript, how to make effective presentations?
- Prepare excellent posters
- Writing – need, types, steps, how to make it easier, where to submit? Proofreading and Typing (word processing) rules
- Detailed instructions for manuscript prep
Abstract, title, and authorship
- Introduction, M&M, Results
- Discussion, Paragraphing, Acknowledgements, References
- Correction of protocol, Correction of 4-page document on references
- Correction of abstracts, Correction of manuscript M, Correction of manuscript T
- Grant writing
- Grant Writing
- Writing review articles
- Ethics in science
- Animal use in science
- Writing Exercises
- Writing Exercises
- Course review and evaluation; Developing good writing habits
There are no examinations in this course. The student’s grade will be based on class participation, timely delivery and quality of class assignments, delivery of two seminars.
The A – F grading system will apply to this course:
A = 90 – 100%
B = 80 – 89%
C = 70 – 79%
D = 60 – 69%
F = < 60%
Statement of academic misconduct:
Students guilty of academic misconduct will receive a grade of ‘F’ for the course
Senate student academic workload policies:
Classroom expectation guidelines: