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SPE8307 : Scientific Writing for Publication

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Helen Stringer
  • Owning School: Education, Communication & Language Sci
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To understand and apply a range of skills and techniques aimed at presenting the student’s research to different audiences in order to gain and optimise dissemination and publication opportunities.

Outline Of Syllabus

1.       The essentials of scientific writing (e.g. style, organisation, structure)
2.       Writing for publication (e.g. requirements of editors, the review process, targeting high impact Speech and Language Therapy Journals)
3.       Presenting for scientific conferences and research seminars (poster and oral presentation)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture21:002:00Introduction to different styles of scientific writing for different audiences
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching43:0012:00Examination and critical appraisal of different types of science communication
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops23:307:00Analysis of writing styles and peer review.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1139:00139:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures and workshop activities will illustrate the processes of writing a scientific paper (Knowledge outcome 1, skills outcome 1)

Lectures and workshop activities will illustrate the processes for preparing and presenting at scientific conferences (KO2)

Private study activity will give practice in peer review (skills outcome 2)

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M100write a scientific paper have it anonymously peer reviewed, while practising the skill of peer review themselves - 3000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The students will write a scientific paper (written communication, planning and organisation, information literacy, problem solving) and have the opportunity to have it anonymously peer reviewed, while practising the skill of peer review themselves. At the discretion of the module leader, students who have been advised against or chosen not to progress with their initial research project, can exceptionally submit a second research proposal for this assignment.

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