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Jaisri Lingappa
PABIO 590
Seattle Campus

Selected Topics

Individual offerings focusing on topics such as pathogenesis, immunology, virology, disease agents, bioinformatics and grant writing. Small lecture format. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

Class description

SCIENTIFIC WRITING MINICOURSE Pabio 590B This 3-week, 1 credit minicourse is designed for Pathobiology graduate students (but is open to other graduate students) and will be offered in Spring 2014, from 4/21-5/7/14, on Mon and Wed, from 8:30-9:50 AM. The goals of the course are to: teach students guidelines for writing clearly and effectively provide students experience in writing key "missing" sections of a research article provide students experience in critiquing and revising, using guidelines discussed in class

Student learning goals

Students will be able to explain guidelines and concepts related to: clarity, voice, cohesiveness, and coherence.

Students will be able to explain guidelines and concepts related to: emphasis, concision, shaping, coordination, tense, and citations.

Identify when problems related to these issues are present in a piece of writing.

Find one or more solutions to problems related to these solutions.

Understand what should be included in the Abstract, Introduction, Results, and Discussion sections of a scientific paper.

Learn how to critique the scientific writing based on principles they learn in the course.

General method of instruction

In the first five classes a lecture that covers guidelines for writing clearly and effectively will be followed by examples of problem sentences that illustrate points presented in the lecture, with class discussion of potential solutions. In the last class, students will present parts of their assignments to the class, emphasizing guidelines discussed in earlier classes.

Recommended preparation

This course is aimed at first and second year Pathobiology, Microbiology, and MCB graduate students, but graduate students in other graduate programs in the biological sciences will be considered if they email the instructor (jais@u.washington.edu). This course will be limited to 16 students.

Class assignments and grading

In the first assignment, each student will write a "missing" section of an assigned published paper (on a topic in pathogen biology), and will receive written critiques from the instructor. In the second writing assignment, each student will critique and rewrite two paragraphs from a proposal or paper they have written in the past, and present parts of this critique in class. First writing assignment 25% Second writing assignment 25% Class Presentation 25% Class Participation 25%

Students can choose to take this class for Credit/ No Credit or for a grade.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jaisri Lingappa
Date: 03/06/2014