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Writing Scientific Papers I

East Baltimore
1st term
Environmental Health and Engineering
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Hybrid In-person and Asynchronous Online
Class Times:
  • Wednesday,  12:00 - 1:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructors:
Meghan Davis

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. 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. 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:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 45% Participation
  • 55% Assignments

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.

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