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Swedish title Manusskrivning på engelska
English title Manuscript writing in English
Course number 2912
Credits 1.5
Notes The course meets the requirements for a general science course.

Responsible KI department Department of Clinical Science and Education, Södersjukhuset
Specific entry requirements
Grading Passed /Not passed
Established by The Board of Doctoral Education
Established 2016-03-08
Purpose of the course The purpose of this course is to increase the competence and efficiency of the doctoral students in academic writing with a focus on writing scientific manuscripts. The ability to publish in high quality scientific journals is crucial for a successful completion of the doctoral education and pursuing a career that requires a PhD. Participation in this course is thus likely to benefit the students in both short- and long-term perspective.
Intended learning outcomes After completing the course the students should be able to: (1) prepare for writing a manuscript and choose an approach to write the manuscript, (2) compose the first draft consisting of the standard structures, (3) choose and use tables, figures, graphs, photographs, and schematic diagrams appropriately, (4) revise the first (and subsequent) drafts for clarity, brevity, coherence and readability, (5) improve choices of words, and styles of sentence constructions, (6) write grammatically correct texts, punctuations, numbers as numbers, and numbers as words, (7) submit a manuscript, address the comments from the referees, and resubmit the manuscript.
Contents of the course The process approach of writing; literature review; plagiarism, ethical issues, permissions, and authorship issues; choice of journals; how to write the different parts e.g. introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, conclusion, acknowledgement, references, abstract, and title of a manuscript; tables, figures, graphs; statistics; tense, spelling and grammar; readability, clarity and brevity; abbreviations and acronyms; numbers as numbers, and numbers as words; choice of words, active and passive voices; which and that; subject verb agreement, correct placement of modifiers, punctuations, capitalizations; submission format, common mistakes in grammar and choice of words; how to reply to the comments of the referees, revise and resubmit; practical tips; how to overcome writers´ block.
Teaching and learning activities We shall use the concepts of active learning, flipped classroom, deliberate practice, and formative and summative assessments as the main methods for teaching and learning in this course. Instead of traditional lectures, there will be small-group interactive learning sessions, interspersed with probing questions, tasks, group-works, and individual studies. Students will solve problems and perform writing tasks that are constructed by the teachers, with well-defined learning objectives. Students will receive accurate and immediate feedback from the peers and the teacher to facilitate learning. During the course, students will write part of their own manuscript under the supervision of the teacher.
Compulsory elements Presence in all of the scheduled sessions and participation in the writing tasks are obligatory. Absence should be compensated for in accordance with the indications of the course director.
Examination Participants will write part of their own manuscript (approximately 2000 words) where they will incorporate the newly acquired knowledge from the course.
Literature and other teaching material ""Successful Scientific Writing: a step by step guide for biological and medical sciences"" by JR Matthews and RW Mattheus. Each participant will receive one copy of the latest edition of this book. Powerpoint files of the lectures will be made available to the participants.
Course responsible Shahidul Islam
Department of Clinical Science and Education, Södersjukhuset
086163950
0702593446
Shahidul.Islam@ki.se

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