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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 13 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks, 3 - 4 hours per week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...
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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 13 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks, 3 - 4 hours per week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Science Writing

MODULE I: SCIENCE WRITING will help you develop an enhanced understanding of English written pattern, based on Anglo-American rhetorical conventions. The module covers issues relating to writing strategies, style, hedging, clear meaning, organization, and choice of first person pronouns. The focus is on improving your ability to write academic English appropriate to a research article....
Reading
10 videos (Total 52 min), 6 readings, 7 quizzes
Video10 videos
Writing in English4m
Anglo-American Rhetorical Traditions3m
Golden Rules of Scientific Writing3m
Clarity, Precision, and Accuracy8m
Hedging5m
Fuzzy and Smothered Words5m
Function and Structure Words7m
I and We in Scientific Writing5m
Who, Which, … or That?6m
Reading6 readings
Elena Bazanova10m
MIPT10m
LTTC10m
Grading Policy10m
Supplementary materials10m
Takeaways10m
Quiz7 practice exercises
Self-assessment6m
Progress Check18m
Self-assessment6m
Progress check18m
Self-assessment6m
Progress Check18m
End-of-Module Test50m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

The Challenge

MODULE II: THE CHALLENGE covers issues relating to the internal text structures intrinsic to a research article. The module clarifies the usage of three major types of modifiers (squinting, misplaced, and dangling) and suggests a number of strategies to avoid obvious negation. In addition, you will learn how to create stronger academic writing by choosing the right verb form used either in active or passive voice. The module teaches Anglo-American style of outlining, paragraphing, and argumentation to make the reading process easier for the reader. Also, you will develop an awareness of the process of journal analysis....
Reading
9 videos (Total 59 min), 2 readings, 7 quizzes
Video9 videos
Hidden Negation5m
Active vs. Passive4m
Tenses in Scientific Writing7m
Punctuation4m
A Unit of Composition8m
Anglo-American Style of Argumentation6m
Presenting Results or Telling a Story?6m
Journal Analysis6m
Reading2 readings
Supplementary materials10m
Takeaways10m
Quiz7 practice exercises
Self-assessment6m
Progress Check18m
Self-assessment6m
Progress Check18m
Self-assessment6m
Progress Check18m
End-of-Module Test50m
Week
3
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

The Manuscript

MODULE III: THE MANUSCRIPT will teach you how to prepare a publishable paper in the IMRaD (Introduction, Methods & Materials, Results, and Discussion) format. The module provides clear instructions on manuscript writing. You will gain a better understanding of four elements that underlie the structure of all stories, including those you write in science – Opening, Challenge, Action, and Resolution, which can be easily mapped on the IMRaD format....
Reading
9 videos (Total 42 min), 3 readings, 8 quizzes
Video9 videos
The IMRaD Format4m
Introduction4m
Materials and Methods3m
Results4m
Discussion3m
Title, Abstract, and Keywords5m
Acknowledgments4m
References4m
Reading3 readings
Supplementary materials10m
Takeaways10m
FAQ concerning peer-review assignments.10m
Quiz7 practice exercises
Self-assessment6m
Progress Check18m
Self-assessment6m
Progress Check18m
Self-assessment6m
Progress Check18m
End-of-Module Test50m
Week
4
Hours to complete
6 hours to complete

Scientific Communication

MODULE IV: SCIENTIFIC COMMUNICATION covers issues concerning the manuscript submission process. The module highlights editorial requirements, scientific integrity and publishing ethics. In addition, you will learn several self-editing techniques that will enable you to prepare your manuscript for submission. The module suggests ways to self-promote in academia....
Reading
8 videos (Total 73 min), 2 readings, 7 quizzes
Video8 videos
Manuscript Submission3m
The Road to Calvary7m
Ethics8m
Self-Promotion7m
Interview24m
Interview12m
Goodbye Messagem
Reading2 readings
Supplementary materials10m
FAQ concerning peer-review assignments.10m
Quiz6 practice exercises
Self-assessment6m
Progress Check18m
Self-assessment6m
Progress Check18m
End-of-Module Test50m
Final Test10m
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Top Reviews

By GADec 16th 2016

Will definately watch the videos and use the materials over an over again\n\nThe best academic writing course that I've taken since I started to study abroad in 2013

By AGMay 14th 2016

Nice course. Very informative. It will built your skills strongly. Thank you very much Coursera & Moscow Institute of Physics & Technology.

Instructor

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Elena Bazanova

Director of the Language Training and Testing Center
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

About Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

Московский физико-технический институт (неофициально известный как МФТИ или Физтех) является одним из самых престижных в мире учебных и научно-исследовательских институтов. Он готовит высококвалифицированных специалистов в области теоретической и прикладной физики, прикладной математики, информатики, биотехнологии и смежных дисциплин. Физтех был основан в 1951 году Нобелевской премии лауреатами Петром Капицей, Николаем Семеновым, Львом Ландау и Сергеем Христиановичем. Основой образования в МФТИ является уникальная «система Физтеха»: кропотливое воспитание и отбор самых талантливых абитуриентов, фундаментальное образование высшего класса и раннее вовлечение студентов в реальную научно-исследовательскую работу. Среди выпускников МФТИ есть Нобелевские лауреаты, основатели всемирно известных компаний, известные космонавты, изобретатели, инженеры....

About the English for Research Publication Purposes Specialization

In five courses, you will acquire the knowledge and skills that are deemed to be essential to success in scientific writing. You will develop your expertise with a range of academic literacy skills and self-editing strategies to prepare a publishable manuscript that editors will take seriously. You will learn the unwritten rules of good writing to meet the requirements of modern-day research publications. You will also learn practical tools and techniques for writing an easy-to-read persuasive grant proposal and a convincing request for funding. Finally, you will gain skills necessary to communicate information obtained through a process of technical or experimental work. This Specialization is the perfect first step into the world of research publications. It is designed to take your knowledge of academic writing and turn it into an in-depth understanding of current trends in scientific writing to help you get published in an international journal, win a research project grant, or report research findings. Our general goal was to make this Specialization as convenient as possible for you without sacrificing any essential content....
 English for Research Publication Purposes

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