Weekly Assignments on "Scientific Writing":
Opioid Epidemic: Uses, Abuses, and Innovation
Revision of Assignment Framework beginning with SP16:
Former A01 was split into new A01a and new A01b and former A07 was omitted.
This framework revision (a) places greater emphasis on reading, summarizing and
paraphrasing in new A01a, (b) clearly focuses on source-to-reference inversion
and paragraph writing in new A01b, and (c) allows more lecture time to
instruct about publication formats and content resources early in the course.
The numbering of A02 - A06 is retained to preserve correspondence with earlier
implementations. Two minor changes consist in the additions of Samples for A09 and A10
so that examples of student-written cover letters (in A09) and of student-written
peer reviews (in A10) will become available for the implementation in SP18 and thereafter.
Prewriting Activities, Summarizing and Paraphrasing (01/08/18).
PDF and as
Source-to-Reference Inversion and Writing Paragraphs (01/08/18).
PDF and as
Assignment #2: Creating & Integrating
PDF and as
Assignment #3: Tables,
Descriptive Statistics, Histograms & Bell Curves (01/08/18).
Functions, Graphs and Regression (01/08/18).
Source as PDF
SI) and via
Example #1 (SP14) as
Example #2 (SP14) as
Example #3H (SP16)
Assignment #5: Searching,
Bibliography, and Database (01/08/18).
DOCX and as
Assignment #6: Oral Presentation (01/08/18).
Presentation Award Winners (by peer review):
Assignment #7 (omitted in SP16ff): Data Mining & Molecular
Modeling of Protein Structure.
Materials, Methods, & Appendix (01/08/18).
Preparation of Manuscript and Cover Letter for Submission (01/08/18, bundled with A08).
No rubric for A09;
A09 will be peer-reviewed by 3-fold, written, anonymous peer review in A10.
Assignment #10: Written Scientific Peer
Review (01/08/18). Peer Review Header as
No rubric for A10; the quality of the peer reviews is not assessed formally.
Assignment #11: Rebuttal Letter,
Revision of Manuscript, and Graphical Abstract (01/08/18).
Revised Paper Award Winners (by peer review):
Histogram A11 PR Scores
Course Histogram (05/--/18).
Course Keywords Wordle Images
Scientific Writing & Peer Review: Manuscript Preparation, Review and
Assignments #9 - #11 constitute a contiguous sequence and the three assignments
result in one overall score. The review of A#9 will be Assignment #10 and every
submission will be peer reviewed by three groups/individuals. In Assignment #11, the
manuscript is revised and resubmitted, along with a rebuttal letter, for a
second peer review by the same three referees. This second review will be a
rubric-based peer review and the average score is the A11 score.