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C507 Syllabus 2-7-2011 - Clin51507 Introduction to...

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Clin51507 Introduction to Scientific Writing Division of Graduate Studies Palmer College of Chiropractic INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Dana J. Lawrence REQUIRED: 2 credits; meets twice per week for 50-minute sessions for one semester. COURSE DESCRIPTION: The elements of scientific writing will be presented in an experiential setting. The course covers types of scientific articles, including case reports, reviews of the literature (descriptive and meta-analysis), original data reports, commentaries and editorials. Emphasis will be placed upon writing in a clear and comprehensive manner for particular target audiences. Scientific style will be discussed in detail, as will citation methods. Discussions will be included on the ethical issues surrounding publication and authorship. Students will be responsible for preparing their own scientific paper, and will review and critique each other’s work over the course of the term. LEARNING OBJECTIVES: The student in this course will: • Learn the types of scientific articles most commonly seen in the current literature; • Understand the components of an article reporting original research; • Understand the components of different types of structured abstracts; • Distinguish well-written articles from poorly written articles; • Be familiar with frequently encountered problems in writing a research article and how to solve them; • Understand the principles involved in preparing illustrations, graphs and tables; • Be familiar with scientific style and various style manuals; • Be familiar with ethical challenges involved in publishing scientific research. REQUIRED TEXT • Hofmann AH. Scientific writing and communication: papers, proposals and presentations. New York City, NY; Oxford University Press, 2010 LECTURES/DISCUSSION/WORKSHOP READING W1S1: Introduction to the course 1-8 W1S2:
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