Academic English and Chemistry Terminology

Student assessment

Σχόλια από τη φόρμα αξιολόγησης φοιτητών 2013-2014

Suggested bibliography:

  1. Robinson M. S. et al. Write like a Chemist; Oxford University Press: Oxford; 2008.
  2. Weissberg and Buker. Writing up Research; Experimental Research report writing for students of English. Prentice Hall Regents. 1990.

Assessment:

    • Class Attendance and contribution 20% (optional)
    • 10 pieces of coursework and online feedback 60%-80%
    • 15-minute presentation of a Scientific Poster 20% (compulsory)

Weekly outline

Week 1 Induction week

  • Audience and purpose: compare variety of texts
  • Genre analysis of scientific paper, grammar and content
  • Writing conventions, formatting, abbreviations and acronyms
  • Paper 1: Valeur and Bradley, Amide Bond Formation: beyond the myth of coupling reagents, Chemical Society Reviews, 2009

Assignment 1:

Reflect on your own writing abilities and write a 150-200 word report on:

-What aspects of your writing will you need to improve to move toward more professional writing?

-How might you change the way you approach journal articles to improve your writing abilities?

-What do you think will be most challenging about learning to write for expert audiences?

Week 2 The Journal Article

  • The importance of concise writing (and avoiding wordiness)
  • Nominalizations and summary words in science
  • Organizational structure of journal articles
  • Direct quotes and paraphrasing
  • Paper 2: Mc Dowall W. and Eames M.. Towards a Sustainable hydrogen economy: A multi-criteria sustainability  appraisal of competing hydrogen futures. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 32 (2007) 4611 – 4626.

Assignment2:

Read the Valeur and Bradley (2008) article on Amide Bond Formation and write a report (200-300 words) on what makes this article a scholarly article. Find examples to justify your answer.

Week 3 Writing the Methods

  • Organization: materials, sampling, procedure, instrumentation, numerical methods
  • Fragmented sentences, Capitalization, Units of Measure, Abbreviations and Acronyms, subject and verb agreement
  • Ordinal language; by approach, distant to close, chronologically
  • Reporting Analytical data in the Methods section

Assignment 3:

Find two synthesis articles in The Journal of Organic Chemistry. Compare and contrast the Methods sections in these articles taking into account all conventions, methodologies and language.

Week 4 Writing the Results Section

  • Blocked. Iterative or Integrated R & D
  • Present and Past tenses, active and passive voice, scientific plurals
  • Use of “we”, “respectively”.
  • Paper suggested by students.

Assignment 4:

Find two synthesis articles in The Journal of Organic Chemistry. Compare and contrast the Results sections in these articles taking into account all conventions, methodologies and language.

Week 5 Writing the Discussion Section

  • Hedging
  • Hyphenated modifiers
  • Organisation
  • Researcher’s position towards the findings
  • Expressions for suggesting implications of the findings
  • Paper suggested by students.

Assignment 5:

Find two synthesis articles in The Journal of Organic Chemistry. Compare and contrast the Discussion sections in these articles taking into account all conventions, methodologies and language.

Week 6 Writing an Introduction

  • Establishing your context and ordering your information
  • Linking ideas through old and new information: Coherence and cohesion
  • Reviewing previous research: ordering of citations//Find a gap
  • Advancing to Present research//Fill the gap//statement of Value

Assignment 6:

Find two synthesis articles in The Journal of Organic Chemistry. Compare and contrast the Discussion sections in these articles taking into account all conventions, methodologies and language.

Week 7 Writing a Conclusion

Assignment 7

Find two synthesis articles in The Journal of Organic Chemistry. Read the papers’ conclusion. Note the key inferences drawn and attested by the author and answer the questions:

1.Does the author repeat the main hypothesis in the beginning of the conclusion? Is this a clear statement of the principal findings? Are there any new points risen in it?

2.Does he explain why their study is significant to the reader? Does he discuss their outputs in relation to relevant literature?  What do these results mean when compared with others?

3.Are the implications of their findings discussed within a realistic framework or are they exaggerated?

4.Does the author highlight the important shortcomings of their work that could be addressed by further research, or to indicate directions that further work could take?

5.Does the author use the same wording as the one in the introduction?

Week 8 Writing an Abstract

 

Assignment 8:

Find two synthesis articles in The Journal of Organic Chemistry. Compare and contrast the Abstracts in these articles taking into account all conventions, methodologies and language.

Week 9 Writing a Scientific Poster

Assignment 9

The Write Like a Chemist site includes six sets of initial and revised posters. Identify five improvements in the revised posters, suggesting two more improvements that could be made.

Week 10 Writing a Scientific Poster II

Assignment 10

Write and design your own poster.

Week 11 Learning how to write a Review paper.

 

  • A review on the polymer properties of Hydrophilic, partially Degradable and Bioactive acrylic Cements (HDBC) PROGRESS IN POLYMER SCIENCE, 2008.
  • Formatting citations and references

 

Week 12 Presentations

Assignment 11

Give a fifteen minute presentation of a scientific poster (This can be one of yours)

 

Week 13 Presentations

Give a fifteen minute presentation of a scientific poster (This can be one of yours)

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3 thoughts on “Academic English and Chemistry Terminology”

  1. Iwanna (A.M. 1169)

    Feedback for Maria:

    I found your overall answer well – structured and I really liked the periodical “Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry” you choose to describe.

    Feedback for Giorgos:

    Overall, you did really well at your answers. I was impressed by the review paper you choose to describe.

  2. Maria (A.M. 1186)

    Feedback for Iwanna:
    The wording is impressive and the papers that you chooses were very interesting because their subjects are contemporary and useful.

    Feedback for Kostantina:
    I found your overall answer very good. I think that the chemistry review paper for perovskites was very interested because of this paper we got enough information about our project in advance materials’ lesson!!!!

  3. Hi everybody,

    Really glad to see such active and meaningful participation in the coursework.

    Please note that you replied in the wrong section. You actually need to “leave a reply” in the post entitled EAP:C Reading and Homework 1. (Front page)

    There is no need to worry for now, just remember this for the next piece of homework.

    best,

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