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410.639.01 Scientific Writing in Health Sciences: Developing a Manuscript for Publication II

Department:
Health Behavior and Society
Term:
4th term
Credits:
3 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Location:
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Wednesday,  3:30 - 6:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Pass/Fail
Contact:
Sara Neelon
Course Instructor :
Resources:
Prerequisite:

None

Description:

Students may wish to take this course if they are interested in pursuing academic positions or careers that involve professional writing related to social and behavioral sciences. This course is also appropriate for students who want to communicate and disseminate their research findings to promote public health.

This course guides students in the writing of scientific manuscripts for publication in an area related to social and behavioral sciences. The goal of the course is to facilitate more effective writing of research articles using practical examples and peer feedback. Topics include: completion of the manuscript; drafting a cover letter; the process of peer review; revising a manuscript; and proofs and ultimate publication. Students end the course with a completed manuscript for ready for submission to a journal for publication.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Practice principles of good scientific writing
  2. Evaluate and critique scientific writing of peers
  3. Identify relevant ethical issues in authorship and publishing
  4. Write the introduction, discussion, and conclusion sections of scientific manuscripts for publication
  5. Write a cover letter for scientific manuscripts
  6. Submit manuscripts for publication
Methods of Assessment:

Writing assignments: 20%, Final paper: 50%, Class participation and peer feedback: 30%

Enrollment Restriction:

No undergraduates

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Master’s-level students with permission of the instructor.

For consent, contact:

sara.neelon@jhu.edu