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 Chemistry with a minor subject
MSc Programme in Nanoscience

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

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
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
  • Preparation
  • 10
  • Practical exercises
  • 9
  • Project work
  • 145
  • English
  • 206