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COURSE GUIDE ENG 10 (Writing of Scientific Papers)
English Division, Department Department of Humanities College of Arts and Sciences, UPLB
Course Description Principles underlying the preparation and writing of scientific papers Course Goals The course is about the preparation and writing of scientific papers. It deals with the application of general and specific principles of scientific and technical writing. Thus, it prepares you, the students, for your thesis or practicum-report writing, particularly on how to communicate and report your research, simulating the whole scientific processes. At the end of the course, you will gain an understanding of how to effectively write scientific and technical papers. Course Objectives At the end of the term, you are expected to 1. Differentiate scientific writing from other types of writing; 2. Identify common errors and problems in usage and mechanics of style in scientific writing, and correct or improve on them; and 3. Write scientific and technical papers, applying the basic principles of effective writing. Prerequisites ENG 10 may be taken by students of junior standing who have passed ENG 2. These prerequisites are meant to ensure that you are equipped with the necessary exposure/preparation exposure/preparation in your field of specialization, which you need in writing and communicating scientific papers. Course Materials Upon enrollment, enrollment, you will be given the course guide and some handouts. handouts. Course Outline
I. Introduction to to Scientific Writing (4 hours) A. Science: Dynamic and Static View B. The Research Process References: Brown, W. 1993. “Defining the Process Process of Science.” The Science Science Teacher. Teacher. 26-28. 26-28. (Call No. LT-9043803) Henson, RM. and Soriano, R F. 1999. Communication Communication Research: Course Guide in Communication Research. Research. Manila: Booklore Publishing Publishing Co. Kerlinger, F. 1973. Foundations of Behavioral Research. Beverly Hills, USA: Sage Publications. Librero, F. 1996. How to Write a Thesis Proposal: Some Practical Guidelines. Guidelines. College, Laguna: College of Agriculture, Agriculture, Publications Program.
Nature and Scope of Scientific Writing
References: Magpayo, E. R., Taber, M.A., Diano L., Nonato, B., and Realo, M. 1993. “Definitions and nature of technical writing. The role of the technical writer. The importance of possessing technical writing skills.” Contemporary Technical English. Quezon City:MY Publishing House, 1-19. Mills, G and Walter, J. 1980. “Special Techniques of Technical Writing.” Technical Writing. New York, USA: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. 1-12. Stratton, C. F. 1979. “Technical writing: what it is and what it isn’t.” J. Technical Writing and Communication, 9(11):9-15. Wilkins, K. 1977. “Technical writing: Effective communication.” J. Technical Writing and Communication (11):35-43. D.
Plagiarism and Ethics in Scientific Writing
Reference: Day, R. 1995. How to Write a Scientific Paper. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. (Note: Available at the UPLB Main Library and at the IRRI Library.) II. Basic Principles and Techniques in Scientific Writing (6 hours) A. Definition B. Classification C. Description 1. Of a Mechanism 2. Of a Process D. Comparison and Contrast E. Interpretation References: Magpayo, E. R., Tabor, M.A., Diano, L., Nonato, B., and Realo, M. 1993. “Basic techniques of technical writing, the ABC of report writing,” Contemporary Technical English. Quezon City: MY Publishing House, 40-54. Mills, G. and Walter, J. 1980. “Special Techniques of Technical Writing.” Technical Writing. New York, USA: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. 1-12. III. Correct Usage and Mechanics of Style (5 hours) Reference: Mills, G. and Walter, J. 1980. “Special Techniques of Technical Writing.” Technical Writing. New York, USA: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. 1-12.
IV. Thesis/Research Proposal (12 hours)
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References: Aquino, G. 1971. Essentials of Research and Thesis Writing. Quezon City:Phoenix Publishing House. Alcantara, R.D. and Espina, F.P. 1995. Technical Writing for Filipino Students. Quezon City: Katha Publishing Co., Inc. Librero, F. 1996. How to Write a Thesis Proposal. Some Practical Guidelines. College, Laguna: College of Agriculture, Publications Program. Nem Singh, R.P. and Calixihan, J.O. 1994. Fundamentals of Technical Writing. Metro Manila: National Bookstore, Inc. Samson, D.C. 1993. Editing Technical Writing. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Technical Proposal Format. http://www.handord.gov/tanks.hfi/business/c10rfp/format.htm V. Scientific Paper and Scientific Poster (4 hours) A.
Scientific Paper 1. Definition 2. How to write the scientific paper a. Introduction b. Review of Related Literature (Related Studies) c. Materials and Methods (Methodology) d. Results and Discussion/Analysis of Data e. Conclusion f. Abstract 3. How to publish a scientific paper a. Ethics in authorship b. Valid publications 4. Documentation style and mechanics Reference: Day, R. 1995. How to Write a Scientific Paper. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. (Note: Available at the UPLB Main Library and at the IRRI Library)
B. Scientific Poster 1. Importance 2. Parts of a scientific poster 3. Mechanics and style
References: Kirkeby, K. A. Preparing professional scientific posters. http://www.ce.umn.edu/smith/supplements/poster/guide.htm. Retrieved 19 April 2008. O’Connor, M. 1992. Writing successfully in science. London: Chapman & Hall. Purrington, C. B. 2006. Advice on designing scientific posters. http://www.swarthmore.Edu/NatSci/cpurrin1/posteradvice.htm. Retrieved April 19, 2008.
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Lecture Class -
Midterm exam Pre-Final Exam QEA
Writing Lab Class (20%) (20%) (10%)
Writing exercises Research proposal Poster
50% (20%) (20%) (10%)
Note: Your final grade should not be lower than 30% for each of the classes (lecture; laboratory). Assessment of Research Proposal/Poster
Your research proposal and scientific poster will be evaluated using the following criteria: Content Organization Language Use Layout
50% 25% 15% 10%
1. • •
Consultation Schedule/Venue: To be announced Consultations should be done only on specified days and time. Your teacher’s other official hours are spent in conducting classes, reviewing lessons, preparing exercises/quizzes/exams, checking papers, attending meetings, etc. “Ambush” consultations in the most unlikely places (stairs, COOP, banks, church, Grove area, shopping places, etc.) will not be entertained. You are encouraged to consult with the teacher on subject-related matters/problems/queries/clarifications, early in the semester. Attendance
In adherence to University policies, your teacher is very particular about tardiness and absences. a. • • •
Tardiness three “late” = 1 absence (University rule) Attendance is checked 5 minutes after the time. There will be no make-up activity for any quiz/exercise missed during the time you were late.
b. Absences •
Maximum of 8 unexcused absences (lecture and lab classes combined). Beyond the allowable number of unexcused absences, a student’s name is automatically cancelled or dropped from the official class list. A student, however, is encouraged to file the necessary dropping form. Course Guide for ENG 10 1 semester, AY 2010 - 2011 Page 4 of 8 st
There is no make-up for any graded activity missed during the time you were absent, except in case of an ailment that required hospitalization or of an ailment that is highly communicable, e.g., measles, chicken pox, mumps, sore eyes, typhoid fever,etc. Your teacher will require presentation of an official excuse slip from your Office of the College Secretary. Your being absent from the previous meeting is no excuse for not participating in the next class discussion. Class is dismissed 10 minutes before the time (University rule).
Submission of Requirements •
Your teacher is very particular about deadlines. Deadlines for submission of requirements will be announced well ahead of the schedule, to give you ample time to prepare. Assignments/Requirements will be collected only during class hours; late assignments will not be accepted. If you decide to submit the requirement ahead of schedule, you should personally submit it to your teacher. Do not just put it in the teacher’s pigeon hole or ask a friend to submit it for you.
A quiz will be given before a new topic is discussed.
“Surprise” quizzes will be given every now and then.
1. Your mobile phones should be put in the silent mode or put off and should be kept in your bags. 2.
Function of Seat Plan
Information Card If, after the first meeting, you decide to stay in the class, for the next meeting bring a medium-sized index card, with the following information written on it:
Side A of the card: Name, nickname, student number, cell/landline number, birth date, h ome address, college address, degree course, college, thesis/sp/registration adviser, and expected grade. Attach a 1 x 1 photo (the most recent) on the upper right-hand corner of the card. Course Guide for ENG 10 1 semester, AY 2010 - 2011 Page 5 of 8 st
Side B: Class schedule for the semester, including room assignments
FACULTY MEMBERS TEACHING ENG 10: LECTURER PROF. MABINI DG. DIZON LITE Program Office, 2nd Flr., CAS Building, UPLB Cubicle 20, Dept. of Humanities (DHUM), CAS Annex 1 Building, UPLB • •
WRITING LAB FACULTY MEMBERS DR. MA. SHEILA SIMAT Eng 10 T-1R, Eng 10 B-6R MS. MARIYEL HIYAS LIWANAG Eng 10 T-2R DR. TRICIA YAMBAO Eng 10 T-3R, Eng 10 B-2R MS. RIZZLE MAY OSTIA Eng 10 T-4R, Eng 10 B-3R MR. LAURENCE MARVIN CASTILLO Eng 10 T-5R MS. EILEEN GRUTA Eng 10 T-6R, Eng 10 B-5R MR. ERIC PALIGAT Eng 10 B-1R MS. KATRINA MAQUILAN Eng 10 B-4R
* - Cubicle assignment will be announced later.
STUDENT GUIDE/111010 DATE
Orientation/Discussion of course
WRITING LAB CLASS Mtg 1
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EXERCISES TO PREPARE
Collection of class cards;
Unit 1: The nature of Science and scientific writing
Plagiarism and Ethics in Scientific writing
Unit 2: Basic Principles and techniques in scientific writing (definition, classification, etc.) Unit 3: Correct usage and common errors in grammar Principles of effective writing
Unit 4: The Research proposal (Technical & information requisites, problem identification)
JAN. 2021 JAN. 2728 FEB. 3-4
Significance of the Study Midterm Exam Review of Literature Materials and Methods/Methodology Data Analysis and Interpretation
DEC. 910 JAN. 6-7
FEB. 1011 FEB. 1718 FEB. 2425 MAR. 3-4
Mtg 5 Mtg 6
Mtg 9 Mtg 10 Mtg 11 Mtg 12
Tabular, textual and graphic presentation Summary, Conclusion and Recommendations, Abstracts
MAR. 1718 MAR. 2425
Pre-final Exam Course Evaluation
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checking of attendance and form 5/form 26;inform class that the course guide will be discussed in the lecture class Reiterations; questions and queries about the course guide, etc; Writing exercise to assess writing ability of students Ex. 1:Defining processes of science (Illustrate the processes of science as applied to your field) Exercise in the module on Plagiarism and Ethics in Scientific writing Ex. 2: Extended definition of a process in your field Ex. 3: Common errors in grammar (S-V agreement, Verb tenses, etc.) Revising for correctness, conciseness, and clarity
Formulation and approval of Research Problem (proposal) Midterm Exam review Exercise on the Significance of the Study section Exercise on the Review Literature section Exercise on Materials and Methods/ Methodology Exercise on Data Interpretation and Analysis Exercise on Tabular, Graphic and Textual Presentation
Exercise on Summary, Conclusions and Recommendations; Abstracts Workshop on Scientific Poster making Course Evaluation; Grade computation
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