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180.661.01 Writing Scientific Papers I

Environmental Health and Engineering
1st term
1 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Wednesday,  12:00 - 1:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Meghan Davis
Course Instructors:

This is the first in a series of four courses designed for doctoral students to attain skills in writing successful scientific papers for several purposes: that is, papers that can be utilized as dissertation proposals, material for grant proposals, and that can be successfully submitted for publication by peer-reviewed journals. It confers skills in formulating and refining research hypotheses and statements that enable the successful use of online information sources. The two courses on writing scientific papers must be taken in sequence.

Enables doctoral students to attain skills in formulating research hypotheses and writing successful scientific papers, including dissertation proposals, grant proposals and papers submitted to peer-reviewed journals. It confers skills in identifying and using online information sources and in saving papers and creating bibliographies.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Formulate clear and testable research hypotheses and translate these statements into clear terms for searching online information sources, including PubMed, Embase, ToxLine, Google Scholar, government websites (EPA, FDA, USDA, etc.)
  2. Obtain skills for effectively and efficiently using these online information systems
  3. Successfully construct computer-based systems for annotating and archiving search results and references
  4. Develop skills in writing through preparation of an annotated bibliography
Methods of Assessment:

Participation (45%), Assignments (55%)

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to PhD students in EHE

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for students not enrolled in the EHE PhD program.

For consent, contact: