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課程名稱
海洋科學英文寫作
English Writing in Marine Sciences 
開課學期
108-1 
授課對象
理學院  海洋化學組  
授課教師
林卉婷 
課號
Ocean7168 
課程識別碼
241EM3770 
班次
 
學分
3.0 
全/半年
半年 
必/選修
選修 
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本課程以英語授課。上課時間:與修課學生討論後決定。
總人數上限:6人 
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http://ceiba.ntu.edu.tw/1081Ocean7168_ 
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課程概述

This seminar course is designed to improve IONTU graduate students’ communication skills through writing in English. Students will utilize examples from the textbook, “Writing science: How to write papers that get cited and proposals that get funded” by Joshua Schimel. I will also share comments and revisions to scientific manuscripts that I collected over the years. The class starts by having students write a short Facebook post about their own research. Students will lean to expand their Facebook post into a one-page-long (800-850 words) article. Throughout the class, students will apply writing styles and techniques to edit their article, including ways to condense their article to only 300-350 word long. Each student is also required to read and analyze four published scientific papers of their own choice: one from a specialist journal written by a leader recognized in their field and a good writer, one typical paper from a specialized journal, one review paper, and one article from Nature or Science. The course will also incorporate peer-review practices; students will learn to recognize strengths and weakness of other students’ writing and give constructive comments to help improve each other’s writing. This is exactly what scientists do routinely: we review and give constructive comments to other’s manuscripts and proposals to help the science community grow. Students who have already had writing projects (such as an abstract, manuscript, or dissertation) can also practice analyzing and editing these drafts. We will also invite a guest lecturer from NTU’s Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures or from NTNU’s English Department to talk about common English mistakes made by Taiwanese students and ways to improve this.  

課程目標
(1) Students will realize that scientists are expected to frequently write professional papers
(2) Students will conquer their fear about not being able to present a good enough draft to their graduate advisors.
(3) Students will embrace the idea to write down their thoughts in any languages/drawings.
(4) Students will learn how to identify challenges in their writing processes, discuss possible solutions to their writing problems, and eventually students will enjoy sharing their writing tips.
(5) At the end of the course, students will be able to think critically, write analytically, and present their thoughts clearly.
(6) Students will walk away from this course welcoming any comments on their writing (even rejections by reviewers) because they will know that these comments improve their writing.
(7) Ultimate goal: students will become conscious about the benefits writing will bring to them and enjoy writing.
 
課程要求
This course will be offered in English. Students must be able to understand English well enough to enroll. Students are required to read, analyze, write, revise and give comments in English. This is a reading and writing intensive course and late assignments will not be accepted. Students are required to attend ALL classes. No more than two unexcused absences are permitted. If more than eight students intend to enroll, I will arrange an English interview to evaluate students’ English performances to determine the best fits to this course.  
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參考書目
1. Writing Science: How to Write Papers That Get Cited and Proposals That Get Funded by Joshua Schimel
2. On Writing Well by William Zinsser
3. How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing by Paul J. Silvia
4. Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace (11th Edition) by Joseph M. Williams (Author), Joseph Bizup (Author). This book is also available in Chinese: 英文寫作的魅力:十大經典準則, 陳佳伶譯
5. The craft of revision by Donald M. Murray
 
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