Writing in Science and Technology

Course info

Course code: 
2MIE002
Language(s): 
English
Subject: 
Natural and Engineering Sciences area
Semester(s): 
On demand
Points: 
5,0 hp
Person responsible: 
Roger Renström
Contact email: 
Registration email: 

The course is based on lectures on general aspects of scientific texts and a seminar series in which doctoral students review each other’s research-related texts. The lectures are given by senior researchers who present aspects of research texts in their respective discipline. The seminars aim to help the doctoral students develop their writing and gain insight into the approaches, traditions and research methods applied in other science and technology subjects. The students cooperate on texts, manuscripts and assignments. The course is offered to all doctoral students in science and technology at Karlstad University. Students develop skills in giving and taking comments on their own and others’ research, orally and in writing.

Course goals

The aim of the course is to prepare doctoral students for the processes of writing and publishing research results, thus developing skills in communicating science.

Competence and skills
Upon completion of the course, students should be able to

- give an authoritative account of the general structure of a scientific article,

- demonstrate expert knowledge in a delimited area of the research field and present it to the group,

- present the method used in their study authoritatively and with clarity,

- write a scientific text in an effective, concise and clear way.

Judgement and approach
Upon completion of the course, students should be able to

- formulate views on the structure of a scientific text in other research areas than their own,

- suggest improvements to the text,

- assess the ethical aspects of a scientific text,

- adopt a constructive approach to the result of a peer-review process.

 

Prerequisites

Admission to a doctoral programme in science and technology at Karlstad University. The course is recommended as soon as students have results to publish. The course is also open to non-doctoral students subject to individual approval.

Examination

Assessment is based on the student’s oral and written presentations and contributions to other texts.

Admission rules

Each syllabus states target group and eligibility, which should be based on the prerequisites necessary to understand and process the content of the course. Syllabi and scheduled course meetings are posted on the course portal web page for the doctoral level, which is also open to the public. 

Doctoral students who wish to take a course should sign up according to instructions on the course portal.  

Admitted students must meet the requirements stated in the syllabus. If there are more prospective students than the teaching capacity allows, priority is given to students as follows: 

  1. If the course is not included in the obligation stated in item 2 below, admission is primarily granted to eligible students at the department offering the course. If the course is offered jointly by several departments at Karlstad university, priority is given, as agreed, by the departments concerned. If the course is commissioned by the Faculty, all students at the Faculty belong to the prioritised group. In the case of cross-faculty courses, all students at Karlstad University belong to the prioritised group. If order of admission must be made in the prioritised group, the student who first signed up according to the requirement above, is given priority. 
  2. If the course is part of a commitment to a national or international graduate school, network or equivalent, priority is given to their participants.  
  3. If there is an agreement on exchange with a subject, department or faculty at another HEI, eligible students from such institutions have second priority 
  4. Other eligible students at Karlstad University have third priority. 
  5. Other eligible students at other HEIs have fourth priority. 

The appointed course convener decides on admission of students to a doctor level course in accordance with the order of priority stated above.  

Upon completion of the course, the course convener issues a course certificate with a proposed grade to the students.  

Tillträdesregler

I kursplan anges målgrupp och behörighet. Behörighet ska utgå från de förkunskaper som behövs för att tillgodogöra sig kursens innehåll.

Kursplaner och planerade kurstillfällen görs tillgängliga på en webbsida: kurstorg för forskarnivå, som även görs tillgänglig externt.

Forskarstuderande som önskar följa en kurs ska anmäla detta enligt anvisning på kurstorget.

Studerande som ges tillträde ska uppfylla de behörighetskrav som anges i kursplanen. Om fler önskar följa kursen än vad undervisningskapaciteten tillåter görs prioritering enligt nedan.

  1. Om inte kursen ingår i ett åtagande enligt punkt 2 nedan ges tillträde i första hand till behöriga studerande vid den institution som anordnar kursen. I det fall kursen anordnas gemensamt av flera institutioner vid Karlstads universitet ges tillträde i första hand på det sätt som berörda institutioner kommit överens om. I det fall kursen är beställd av fakultet ingår alla studerande vid fakulteten i den grupp som ges tillträde i första hand. För kurser som anordnas gemensamt av fakulteterna gäller det alla studerande vid Karlstads universitet. Om prioritering behöver göras inom den grupp som ges tillträde i första hand ges den som först anmält sig enligt ovan företräde.
  2. Om anordnade av en kurs ingår i ett åtagande gentemot nationell eller internationell forskarskola, nätverk eller motsvarande ges dock deltagare därifrån tillträde i första hand.
  3. I det fall det finns överenskommelse om utbyte med ämne, institution eller fakultet vid annat lärosäte ges behöriga studerande därifrån tillträde i andra hand.
  4. I tredje hand ges tillträde till övriga behöriga studerande vid Karlstads universitet.
  5. I fjärde hand ges tillträde till övriga behöriga studerande vid andra lärosäten.

Den som institutionen utsett som kursansvarig beslutar om vilka som får delta i en kurs på forskarnivå, i enlighet med prioritetsordningen ovan. 

Efter genomförd kurs och prov lämnar kursansvarig ett intyg med förslag på betyg till kursdeltagarna.