About this Course
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This course teaches scientists to become more effective writers, using practical examples and exercises. Topics include: principles of good writing, tricks for writing faster and with less anxiety, the format of a scientific manuscript, peer review, grant writing, ethical issues in scientific publication, and writing for general audiences....
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Suggested: 8 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week

Approx. 22 hours to complete
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Subtitles: English

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WritingScience CommunicationMedical WritingGrammar
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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

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Suggested: 8 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week

Approx. 22 hours to complete
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English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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2 hours to complete

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Unit 1 introduces the course and reviews key principles of effective writing. In particular, you will practice cutting clutter from writing....
Reading
7 videos (Total 79 min), 1 quiz
Video7 videos
1.2: Examples of what not to do6m
1.3: Overview, principles of effective writing6m
1.4: Cut the clutter17m
1.5: Cut the clutter, more tricks4m
1.6: Practicing cutting clutter9m
Demo Edit 1 (Optional)23m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Unit 1 Homeworkm

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Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

2

Unit 2 focuses on writing with strong, active verbs. Lessons include how to: write in the active voice; avoid turning verbs into nouns; choose strong verbs; and get to the main verb of a sentence quickly....
Reading
7 videos (Total 87 min), 1 quiz
Video7 videos
2.2: Is it really OK to use "We" and "I"5m
2.3: Active voice practice5m
2.4: Write with verbs8m
2.5: Practice examples20m
2.6: A few grammar tips10m
Demo Edit 2 (Optional)20m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Unit 2 Homeworkm

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Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

3

Unit 3 reviews how to vary sentence structure and write strong paragraphs. You will practice using the dash, colon, semi-colon, and parentheses, as well as writing well-organized and concise paragraphs....
Reading
8 videos (Total 105 min), 2 quizzes
Video8 videos
3.2: Practice, colon and dash6m
3.3: Parallelism5m
3.4: Paragraphs9m
3.5: Paragraph Editing I13m
3.6: Paragraph Editing II11m
Module 3.7: A few more tips7m
Demo Edit 3 (Optional)22m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Unit 3 Homeworkm

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Section
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4 hours to complete

4

Unit 4 reviews the writing process. I will give you tips for making the writing process easier, more efficient, and more organized. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 81 min), 1 quiz
Video7 videos
4.2 Overview of the writing process7m
4.3 The pre-writing step11m
4.4 The writing step7m
4.5: Revision5m
4.6: Checklist for the final draft12m
Demo Edit 4 (Optional)20m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Unit 4 Homeworkm
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Top Reviews

By HEDec 20th 2017

Thanks Dr. Kristin for this interesting course. It was so useful. I have learnt a lot from it. Your pretty way of teaching encouraged me to complete the course. Thanks for this exciting experience.

By DKJun 17th 2018

Extremely helpful for someone who is just beginning his scientific career (me). It is particularly convenient to have examples from medical articles, as this is the science field I am exploring.

Instructor

Dr. Kristin Sainani

Associate Professor
Health Research and Policy

About Stanford University

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