Term: Fall 2022; Tuesdays/Thursdays 9:30-10:45AM ET, MMC Owa Ehan 222
Instructor: Dr. John Kominoski; CASE 253; 305.348.7117; email@example.com
Effective communication is vital for scientific careers. Students will hone written, graphical, and verbal communication skills to enhance all three forms of scientific communication. Students will learn the fundamentals of science writing, peer review, and revised writing. The objective is for students to have a defensible manuscript at the end of the semester that is sufficient for submission for consideration for peer-review and eventual publication at a scientific journal of their choosing.
Aug. 23: LECTURE: Writing overview / Essential Components of Scientific Manuscript
25: LECTURE: Science Writing as Storytelling/Structure/OCAR
30: LECTURE: The Opening: Is anybody listening?
Sept. 01: LAB: Title/Abstract/Introduction
Sept. 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: LECTURE: Writing from the inside out: Where and how to begin
29: LAB: Discussion and Conclusion
Oct. 04 LECTURE: Acknowledgements, Literature Cited, Tables and Figures
06: LAB: Manuscript – writing group feedback
11: LECTURE: Authorship and Ethics
13: LAB: Manuscript – writing group feedback
18: LECTURE: Target Journals, Instruction for Authors, Cover Letters, Reviewers
20: LAB: Manuscript – writing group feedback
25: LECTURE: Publishing data and metadata
27: LAB: Manuscript – writing group feedback
Nov. 01: LECTURE: Service: You as an editor/reviewer
03: LAB: Manuscript – First Draft Manuscript Due
(due Nov. 3 11:59PM ET, upload to Canvas as assignment)
08: LECTURE: It’s a process: Dealing with reviewers /resubmission/ page proofs
10: LAB: Finishing Reviews (Reviews Due 5PM ET via email to firstname.lastname@example.org)
15: LAB: Responding to reviews
17: LECTURE: Science Communication – a lesson in improv
22: LAB: Developing Press Releases
24: NO CLASS (Happy Thanksgiving)
29: LAB: Scientific & Public Presentations – engaging your audience
Dec. 01: LECTURE: Storytelling with Data https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gn6EIfiQQug
02: Revised Manuscript Due
(due 5PM ET, sent via email to email@example.com)
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
- Manuscript First submission: 30%
- Manuscript Final submission: 15%
- Manuscript Peer Review: 30%
- Class Participation/Attendance: 25%
- Accept as is: 100
- Accept with minor revisions: 95
- Accept with moderate revisions: 85
- Reconsider after major revision: 75
- Reject: ≤65
Students will (1) participate in weekly lectures, labs, and discussions, (2) participate in giving and receiving weekly feedback with peer writing partner, (3) present manuscript sections and draft manuscripts during two labs based, (4) write a manuscript draft and revised manuscript of original, completed thesis or dissertation research, and (5) 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.
As cases and hospitalizations due to the Delta variant continue to increase in our community, we must unite and take necessary steps to prevent further spread.
- Daily and before arriving to campus, complete the P3 app. If you are not given the green check mark to enter campus, then return home, and contact me by email.
- Please check your FIU email account and your Canvas course at least once a day. Email and Canvas are the best ways for the university, and your professors, to contact you.
- If you do not feel well, have tested positive for COVID, or have been in contact with a person with COVID while not yet being fully vaccinated, please do not come to class, immediately complete the P3 app to notify the COVID Response Team or call them at 305-348-1919, and contact me by email as soon as you can. To excuse absences for P3 failure/COVID, please contact the COVID Response Team at 305-348-1919. If you are directed to quarantine because of COVID-19, your absences will be considered excused. Contact me to discuss how to make up missed classes and assignments.
- Per recent CDC guidelines, A vaccinated, asymptomatic individual exposed to a COVID positive person does not need to quarantine. Nevertheless, it is strongly encouraged to continue to wear a mask. Furthermore, it is recommended to get tested 3-5 days after a known exposure. However, if at any time you become symptomatic, you need to test immediately. If the test returns positive, you will need to follow the COVID-19 positive protocol at that time.
- “Asymptomatic” means (of a condition or a person) producing or showing no symptoms.
- “Symptomatic” means exhibiting or involving symptoms.
- People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
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- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- Please take every precaution to keep yourself and others healthy. Per CDC guidelines, you are encouraged to get vaccinated and strongly advised to wear a mask indoors and in public including all FIU facilities.
- Missing excessive days may lead to failing a class or a grade of incomplete.
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