Scientific Writing and Presenting in English-E3

Numbering Code U-LAS51 10022 SE48 Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Seminar
Target Year 2nd year students or above Target Student For all majors
Language English Day/Period Fri.4
Instructor name Duncan Wilson (Graduate School of Letters Senior Lecturer)
Outline and Purpose of the Course Students will be introduced to issues surrounding scientific writing and presenting. Topics will include how to avoid some of the most common errors of expression (both written and oral), through the use of examples and opportunities to practice. Focus will be on how to structure a scientific report and to write concisely in English, again with help from real-life examples. Teaching will include open discussions and opportunities for students to participate in “mini-symposia” as both presenters and discussants.
Course Goals Students completing the course will have improved knowledge of the structure of scientific papers and presentations, as well as clearer ideas of what to do and what not to do to write or present successfully in English.
Schedule and Contents 1. Introduction. Aims of scientific writing
2. Common errors to avoid when writing
3. Basic structure of psychology research papers
4. Writing in concise English
5. In-class construction of a report
6. Critical analysis of sample manuscripts
7. In-class exercises
8. Introduction to presenting in English
9. Some presentation hints
10. Visual aids: good and not so good
11. Asking questions, and responding orally in English
12. Student mini-symposium 1 (presentations, questions in English)
13. Student mini-symposium 2 (presentations, questions in English)
14. Overview of course
15. Feedback

Note: The contents of specific lectures may change.
Evaluation Methods and Policy Evaluation will be based on class participation (20%), a short oral presentation (10%) and a final written exam (70%).
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Students are expected to review the class hand-outs after each class.
Textbooks Textbooks/References Class notes/slides will be distributed.