Learn The Essential Characteristics Of Scientific Language

What will you learn?

  1. What elements make a scientific document readable
  2. How to master the various factors that influence readability
  3. Steps to incorporate the ‘person and point of view’
  4. How to adopt a favorable writing style suited for your needs


Course Description

All writing necessarily needs to be readable and interesting if it needs to make a favorable impression with its readers. This is even more important when it comes to scientific writing, especially as it involves presenting large amounts of complex data pertaining to specialized projects. As a researcher, how can you ensure your work keeps the reader interested and engaged?

This well-structured program walks you through the key characteristics of scientific language, covering the basics of objectivity and precision, clarity and coherence, simplicity and conciseness. It also teaches you how to incorporate a ‘person and point of view’ in your academic writing. In just a couple of hours, you will be able to master these attributes, use them effectively in your writing, and created publication-ready manuscripts that have a greater chance of journal acceptance.


What topics will you cover?

  1. Introduction
  2. Objectives
  3. Language of Science
  4. Readability
  5. Formulas for Readability
  6. Objectivity and Precision
  7. Clarity
  8. Coherence
  9. Relative Emphasis
  10. Simplicity and Conciseness
  11. Person and Point of View
  12. Style
  13. Summary
  14. Check your understanding
  15. Further reading


Course Narrator:

Phillip Schrank, Academic Trainer

Phillip Schrank is the Assistant Professor of International Relations at Chosun University in Gwangju. He has published and presented on topics ranging from democratization to alliance theory. He is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including research grants from Chosun University and a research grant from the US Department of State. Prior to his professorship at Chosun University, Phillip was a senior lecturer at the Korea Military Academy. Phillip has a BA in History and Broad Field Social Sciences, an MA in English Education, and is writing his dissertation for a PhD in International Relations. Phillip has conducted over 70 hours of workshops helping scholars publish in high level international journals.


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R Upskill

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