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Writing Scientific Papers II

East Baltimore
4th term
Environmental Health and Engineering
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Wednesday,  12:00 - 1:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructors:
Meghan Davis

180.661 Writing Scientific Papers I


Enables doctoral students to attain skills in writing successful scientific papers, including dissertations, grant, and papers that are accepted by peer-reviewed journals. Confers and utilizes skills acquired in part I of this course to access and select relevant scientific literature from online information sources for writing. Informs participants on different publication options, including open source journals. Explains NIH requirements for notification and access to data. Through problem based learning and review of successful scientific papers, conveys the elements of successful scientific writing, including grammar, sentence structure, 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. Use computer-based systems to build an archive of information and references
  2. Recognize the elements of scientific writing, including structure and language, data presentation, and citation management
  3. Critically review literature and identify what makes an effective publication
  4. Read and respond to literature reviews
  5. Explain open source publishing and NIH requirements for access
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 45% Participation
  • 55% Paper(s)

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to PhD students in EHE

Instructor Consent:

No consent required