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180.661.01 Writing Scientific Papers I


Environmental Health and Engineering
4th term
1 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Wednesday,  12:00 - 1:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Ellen Silbergeld
Course Instructor:

Enables doctoral students to attain skills in writing successful scientific papers—that is, papers that are accepted by peer-reviewed journals. Confers skills in identifying and using online information sources. Informs participants on different publication options, including open source journals. Explains NIH requirements for notification and access. Through problem based learning and review of successful scientific papers, conveys the elements of successful scientific papers, including formats, data presentation, citations and acknowledgements. Demonstrates successful response to reviewer comments.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Effectively and efficiently use online information sources, including PubMed, ToxLine, Google Scholar, government websites (EPA, FDA, USDA, etc.)
  2. Use computer-based systems to build an archive of information and references
  3. Recognize the elements of scientific writing, including structure and language, data presentation, and citation management
  4. Critically review literature and identify what makes an effective publication
  5. Read and respond to literature reviews
  6. Explain open source publishing and NIH requirements for access
Methods of Assessment:

45% for Participation and 55% for Assignments

Enrollment Restriction:

EHE PhD students only

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Will be held in departmental space - W7023