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Approx. 24 hours to complete

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

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Skills you will gain

GrammarMedical WritingScience CommunicationWriting

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Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Approx. 24 hours to complete

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

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

1

Unit 1 introduces the course and reviews key principles of effective writing. In particular, you will practice cutting clutter from writing....
7 videos (Total 79 min), 1 quiz
7 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
1 practice exercise
Unit 1 Homeworks
Week
2
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....
7 videos (Total 87 min), 1 quiz
7 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
1 practice exercise
Unit 2 Homeworks
Week
3
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....
8 videos (Total 105 min), 2 quizzes
8 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
1 practice exercise
Unit 3 Homeworks
Week
4
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. ...
7 videos (Total 81 min), 1 quiz
7 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
1 practice exercise
Unit 4 Homeworks
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By TFeb 1st 2019

The course is so informative that I think everyone should take a try. It provides us a fundamental elements to write in a professional way that is not only for our study but also for our profession.

By SPMay 11th 2019

Fantastic course that's hard to fault. I am not a working scientist but an inspiring writer in the medical / scientific field. This couse refreshed my knowledge and taught me a lot more. Thank you.

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Dr. Kristin Sainani

Associate Professor
Health Research and Policy

About Stanford University

The Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly referred to as Stanford University or Stanford, is an American private research university located in Stanford, California on an 8,180-acre (3,310 ha) campus near Palo Alto, California, United States....

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  • Yes. There is a Stanford Lagunita offering, and a Continuing Medical Education (CME) offering. The different offerings are described below:

    The Stanford Lagunita offering is self-paced, unmoderated, includes self assessment assignments, and offers you the ability to earn a free Statement of Accomplishment.

    The Coursera offering is provided on a monthly basis, is more moderated, includes peer assessment assignments, and offers you the ability to earn a certificate of completion for a fee.

    The CME offering can be used to earn Continuing Medical Education credits.

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