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Fachspezifisches Englisch (Level 3) (Sommersemester 2015)

Dozent: Dr. Sharon Therese Nemeth


Course Statement/Objectives:

“… scientific writing is not a science. It does not contain laws obtained through derivations and experiments. Scientific writing is a craft. It consists of skills that are developed through study and practice. Moreover, scientific writing is not mystical. In fact, scientific writing is straightforward. Unlike other forms of writing … scientific writing has two specific goals: to inform readers and to persuade readers.”

- Michael Alley, The Craft of Scientific Writing 
This course aims to take the mystery out of scientific writing by teaching the skills needed to produce a well-written paper in English. We will concentrate on language - how words are used and how to aim for the best writing possible. Through practice you will learn to express yourself in a clear, concise and effective manner – qualities crucial to the reception of your work. 

Participants have the chance to analyze and practice writing skills and get feedback on their work. You will acquire the ability to differentiate between strong and weak scientific writing, to recognize the essential qualities of good writing and to apply what you have learned to your own work (whether thesis, papers, articles, abstracts, and writing in general).  We will focus on many of the typical writing problems of advanced writers of English and learn how to resolve them. An important goal of this course is to enable you to edit your own work effectively. 

Your writing will be evaluated in a peer review and also by me. 

In the first or second meeting, you are required to submit to me 2-3 pages of your own writing in English: this can be a work in progress, pages from a seminar paper, part of the Bachelor thesis, etc. Ideally these pages will be the beginning of a paper and, include the introduction. These pages should be a typical example of your work in English. Please give the pages to me in paper form (you are welcome to put them in my mailbox located behind reception), as well as sending them to: Sharon.Nemeth(at)hpi.de


In-class participation and a quiz on the points covered in the course


Thursday, 9:15-10:45, room A-1.2

Allgemeine Information

  • Semesterwochenstunden : 2
  • ECTS : 3
  • Benotet : Nein
  • Einschreibefrist :
  • Programm : IT-Systems Engineering MA
  • Lehrform : S
  • Belegungsart : Wahlpflicht
  • Maximale Teilnehmerzahl : 12


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