課程資訊
課程名稱
科學寫作和口頭報告
Scientific Writing and Oral Presentation 
開課學期
108-1 
授課對象
理學院  大氣科學研究所  
授課教師
林君翰 
課號
AtmSci5096 
課程識別碼
229EU5900 
班次
 
學分
1.0 
全/半年
半年 
必/選修
選修 
上課時間
第9,10,11,12 週
星期二3,4(10:20~12:10)星期四3,4(10:20~12:10) 
上課地點
大氣A104大氣A104 
備註
本課程以英語授課。密集課程。
限本系所學生(含輔系、雙修生) 且 限碩士班以上
總人數上限:20人 
Ceiba 課程網頁
http://ceiba.ntu.edu.tw/1081AtmSci5096_ 
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課程概述

The objective of this class is to help graduate students early in their career develop their skills in scientific communication, in both written and oral forms. The course will seek to answer the question: “What makes a compelling scientific presentation?” and identify common pitfalls in scientific communication. The class, which will meet weekly, will involve discussions and group activities, including peer review by students of each other’s writing and talks.
In addition to aiming to improve students’ writing and speaking, an ancillary but important outcome of this course is to cultivate a culture of esprit de corps and teamwork among graduate students in the Atmospheric Sciences Department as they help one another throughout the course of the school term. Toward this end, I ask you to:
• Actively participate in group discussions and providing feedback for your fellow students
• Complete your assignments on-time so that you would be ready to contribute to group activities
Likewise, providing and receiving feedback require positive mindsets from both sides to make the effort worthwhile. For those providing feedback, please provide constructive criticisms. The goal is not to tear down a fellow student's work, but to identify weaknesses so that they can be properly addressed. Closely related to this is an attempt to provide suggestions to how the weaknesses can be addressed. For those receiving criticism, please maintain an open mind! Your fellow students are seeking to help you improve your writing and oral presentation; try not to take the criticism personally (unless it is indeed personal, in which case I will step in). 

課程目標
• Identify ways to improve scientific writing
• Practice and improve scientific presentations
• Build comraderie and friendships among 1st year graduate students
• Help you succeed in the research prospectus (oral and written)—a key part of the Department's "exam" for graduate students 
課程要求
待補 
預期每週課後學習時數
 
Office Hours
 
參考書目
"Eloquent Science" by David Schultz 
指定閱讀
1) "Style" by Joseph Williams
2) "Writing Science" by Joshua Schimel 
評量方式
(僅供參考)
   
課程進度
週次
日期
單元主題
第9週
11/05,11/07  [11/05]
•Introductions, ice breaker, plans for the term

•What is good writing (in general)?
*Reading: Williams book--Preface, Chapts. 2 & 3
*Assignment: write 2 pages (double-spaced) about “What is Atmospheric Science?”—aim towards undergraduate college level (focus just on writing part, so no references needed)


[11/07]
•What is good scientific writing?
Scientific paper as "story-telling"; logical flow of ideas
Group activity: peer evaluation of assigned writing
Class activity: examine assignment
*Reading:
Schimel book—Chapts. 1 ("Writing in Science") & 2 ("Science Writing as Storytelling")
Schimel book—Chapts. 3 ("Making a Story Sticky") & 4 ("Story Structure")
Chapt. 4 of Schultz book (scientific paper)

•What characterizes successful science storytelling?
S: Simple
U: Unexpected
C: Concrete
C: Credible
E: Emotional
S: Stories
*Group activity: read and criticize peers' assignments, looking for SUCCES principles
Reading: Schimel book—Chapts. 5 ("The Opening") & 6 ("The Funnel: Connecting O and C")
*Assignment (1): read sample scientific paper(s)

•How to write a good abstract
*Assignment (2): write ABSTRACT (at least two pages, double-spaced) about research project 
第10週
11/12,11/14  [11/12]
•Sample scientific papers
Class activity: critique sample scientific papers, identify the "actors" and "story" the papers are trying to tell, look for SUCCES principles

•Introduction, research questions
*Reading: Schimel book—Chapt. 7 ("The Challenge"), Chapt. 8 ("Action")
*Assignment: write Introduction, including key research questions that graduate work will focus on

•Abstract as a miniature version of scientific paper, and the scientific story (“hourglass”)
Class + Group activity: critique abstract

[11/14]
•Introduction
Group activity: peer review of Introduction (ask group members: what is the question the writer is trying to answer?)
*Assignment (1): revise Introduction section

•Figures & Tables
*Reading: Schimel book—Chapt. 9 ("The Resolution"), Chapt. 10 ("Internal Structure")
*Assignment (2): generate Figures and Tables
 
第11週
11/19,11/21  [11/19]

Class activity: Evaluate Figures and Tables from assignment

•Oral Presentations in general, and Scientific Oral Presentations
Class activity: look at YouTube videos of various presentations--both poor and good
*Reading: Schultz book—Chapt. 24 ("Accessible Oral Presentations")

Class activity: look at YouTube videos of scientific presentations--both poor and good
Group activity: evaluate Introduction
*Reading: Schultz book—Chapt. 25 ("Constructing Effective Oral Presentations")
*Assignment: put together draft electronic presentation (Powerpoint slides)

[11/21]
Class activity: go through abstract together from assignment

•How to use PowerPoint to your advantage, and avoid pitfalls
Class activity: go through slides of oral presentation together from assignment
*Reading: Schultz book—Chapt. 26 ("Delivering Compelling Oral Presentations")
*Assignment: put together oral presentations, prepare for “conference rehearsal" next week
 
第12週
11/26,11/28  [11/26]
•Practice oral presentations in “mock conference”
Class activity: dry runs (aka "dress rehearsal"), peer evaluation using identical forms faculty will use

[11/28]
•Practice oral presentations in “mock conference”
Class activity: dry runs (aka "dress rehearsal"), peer evaluation using identical forms faculty will use