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MSE 478/578

Scientific Communication in Materials Science & Engineering

Prof. Bill Knowlton, Boise State University

Blackboard Access or ITC               Course Syllabus (Fall 2014)*               Electronic Course Evaluation: Old & New


Highly Recommended Textbooks

  • Robert A. Day and Barbara Gastel, How to write and publish a scientific paper, 6th edition, (Greenwood Press, 2006).
  • Michael Jay Katz, From Research to Manuscript – A Guide to Scientific Writing, 2nd edition (Springer, 2009).
  • Hilary Glasman-Deal, Science Research Writing For non-Native Speakers of English (Imperial College Press, 2009).

Recommended Textbooks

  • William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, The Elements of Style, 50th Aniv. edition (Longman, October 25, 2008).
  • Gustavii, B., How to write and illustrate a scientific paper. (Cambridge University Press, New York, 2008).
  • Peter J. Feibelman, A PhD Is Not Enough: A Guide to Survival in Science,/em> (Perseus Publishing, 1993). Recommended by Chad Watson

Course Time/Days/Place: Monday only: 9 – 10:15am; Room: MEC 309

Office Hours: Mon: 1:30-2:30pm; Tues: 1:30-2:30pm (my office-ERB 3125); or by appointment – send email (not by phone please); Discussion Section: TBD.

Final Exam: There will not be a final exam. However, you will submit a complete rough draft to your mentor during finals week.

Assignment 1(several due dates)
Assignment 2: (Due: Mon. 9/15 to your PI)
Assignment 3: (Due: Fri. 9/19)
Assignment 4: (Due:  Mon. 9/29 to your PI)
Assignment 5: (Due: Mon. 10/6 to your PI)
Assignment 6: (Due to your PI: Part 1 & 2 = Mon. 10/13; & Part 3 = Mon. 10/20)
Assignment 7: (Due to your PI: Part 1 = Mon. 10/27; & Part 2 = Mon. 11/3; both before class)
Assignment 8: (Due to your PI: Part 1 = Mon. 11/10; & Part 2 = Mon. 11/24; both before class)
Assignment 9: (Due to your PI: Part 1 = Wed. 12/3; & Part 2 = Mon. 12/8)
Assignment 10: (Due Thursday 12/18 by 5pm to your PI)
Assignment 11: (Due Fri to your PI)
Assignment 12: (Due Fri to your PI)
Assignment 13: (Due Fri to your PI)
Assignment 14: (Due Fri to your PI)

Course Notes:Course Links:
Words to Avoid (updated periodically)Writing Guidelines for Engineering & Science Students
Presentation - Increase Publishing Probability  - Some Rules to FollowBoise State Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL)
Presentation - Anatomy of a Journal ArticleBoise State University Writing Center
Journal Article Template - Anatomy of a Journal ArticlePurdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)
Presentation - How to Read a Journal ArticleEndnote Web - Alberson's Library
Presentation - Anatomy of a Paragraph
Presentation - Journal Introduction Section
Presentation - Journal Abstract, Title, Authors, Affiliation - An overview
Presentation - Journal Experimental Section
Presentation - Journal Results Section
Presentation - Journal Discussion Section
Presentation - Journal Conclusion Section
Presentation - Journal Acknowledgment & References  Sections
 Ten Simple Rules for Getting Published, Philip E. Bourne, PLOS Computational Biology, 1(5), e57, (2005) p. 341-342.
Eschew Obfuscation: Advice on Writing Clearly by L.J. Forney & T. Hartzell, University of Idaho (presented at the 2008 & 2009 Idaho INBRE Conference)
How to Write a Research Paper, Mike Ashby Engineering Department, University of Cambridge, Cambridge 6th Edition, April 2005
Whitesides' Group: Writing a Paper, by George M. Whitesides, Adv. Mater., 16 (15), Aug. 2004, p. 1375-1377Endnote Web - Alberson's Library
How to write a scientific article? by Prof. Antti Räsänen, University of Joensuu, Finland, presented at the Annual Symp. of the Finnish Graduate School of Theology, Oct. 2008
Engineering Better Writing - A workshop on Grammar & Style for Engineering Majors; presented at the Boise State Center on Teaching and Learning
Anatomy of a Conference Presentation