Scientific Writing, Planning and Presentation

Course content

The course addresses higher-level aspects of communication (both written and oral) as required by a Masters student.


MSc Programme in Agriculture
MSc Programme in Chemistry
MSc Programme in Nanoscience

MSc Programme in Chemistry with a minor subject

Learning outcome

good practice for searching and organising literature
good practice for making figures

to write a cover letter
to write a small grant application
to structure a research project
to create a screencast
to write a research communication

to plan and communicate a reserach project

A mixture of lectures, group work, exercises, and student presentations

The Elements of Style
William Strunk, E.B. White
Publisher: Longman; 4th edition (August 2, 1999)
ISBN-10: 020530902X
ISBN-13: 978-0205309023

Lecture slides uploaded to Absalon

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
(all assignments are English only)
Assignment 1- Cover letter (10% of total grade)
Assignment 2 - Grant Application (15% of total grade)
Assignment 3 - Outline (20% of total grade)
Assignment 4 - Presentation (20% of total grade)
Assignment 5 - Paper (30% of total grade)
In-class presentation and homework (5%)
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
several internal examiners
Criteria for exam assessment

The grading will be based on a combination of formal mistakes (spelling, grammar, etc.) and style.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • Practical exercises
  • 9
  • Preparation
  • 10
  • Project work
  • 145
  • English
  • 206