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Exercise in Practical Scientific English I


Numbering Code
  • G-ENG90 8i045 SE20
Term 2020/First semester
Number of Credits 1 credits
Course Type Seminar
Target Student Graduate
Language English
Day/Period Thu.4・5
  • Graduate School of Engineering, Senior Lecturer NISHIKAWA MIKAKO
  • Graduate School of Engineering, Senior Lecturer YOROZU KAZUAKI
  • Graduate School of Engineering, Senior Lecturer KANEKO KENTAROU
  • Graduate School of Engineering, Senior Lecturer OHTA HIROTO
  • Graduate School of Engineering, Senior Lecturer KOMIYAMA YOSUKE
Outline and Purpose of the Course This course is open to all master and doctoral engineering students.
It is designed to help students understand how to write a research paper step by step.
In this course, the students will write a short research paper (i.e. Extended Research Abstract for Proceeding. approx. 1000 -1500 words) on a topic drawn from assigned readings.
Course Goals The primary goal of this course is to deepen an understanding of the main features of each part of a scientific paper (IMRaD).
Throughout the course, students will develop the core competencies required for language, grammar, and style to produce a research manuscript in English.
Schedule and Contents Unit 1. Course Overview
Introduction to writing scientific research articles

Unit 2. Introduction
Raising awareness of the register of scientific research articles (genre, audience, purpose)

Unit 3. Preparing to Write (1)
Writing a proposal for a research paper, using corpus-based approach (Exercise: Creating own Corpus)

Unit 4. Preparing to Write (2)
Paraphrasing ideas from source texts, using citations and references in formal writing

Unit 5. Writing Processes (1) Abstract
Identifying the moves for an Abstract section by hint expressions

Unit 6. Writing Processes (2) Abstract-continued
Writing an Abstract (Title), Peer Feedback

Unit 7. Writing Processes (3) Introduction
Identifying the moves for an Introduction section by hint expressions

Unit 8. Writing Processes (4) Introduction-continued
Writing an Introduction section, Peer Feedback

Unit 9. Writing Processes (5) Method
Writing a Method section, Peer Feedback

Unit 10. Writing Processes (6) Results
Writing a Result section, Peer Feedback

Unit 11. Writing Processes (7) Discussions and Conclusion
Writing a Discussion and a Conclusion section

Unit 12. Cover letter to reviewers
Writing a cover letter to reviewers and how to respond to reviewers

Unit 13. Monitoring and Revising (1)
Submitting the paper online to receive feedback from instructors

Unit 14. Monitoring and Revising (2)
Revising a paper based on peer feedback

Unit 15. Submission of the Final Paper
Grading Policy Evaluation based on 30% participation, 40% reports, 30% final paper *More than twice unexcused absence can result in course failure
Prerequisites Students who intend to join this course must attend the first class.
Preparation and Review Students will need to spend a reasonable amount of time to complete their own piece of writing for the course.
  • Handout materials will be supplied by the instructor.
  • Textbooks (for reference) ALESS (2012). Active English for Science-英語で科学する-レポート、論文、プレゼンテーション. The University of Tokyo Press. 野口ジュディー・深山晶子・岡本真由美.(2007). 『理系英語のライティング』. アルク