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GS21 1152 Scientific Writing

  • Course Director(s): Mattox, Bill; Chehab, Wassim
  • Semester: Spring and Fall
  • Frequency: Annually
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Grading System: Pass/Fail
  • Prerequisites: 2nd year/pre-candidacy students


Mattox, Bill, Chehab, Wassim.  Two semester hours. Fall and Spring, annually. Grading System: Pass or Fail. Prerequisite: 2nd year/pre-candidacy students. Course is limited to the first 20 registrants. 

The objectives of the course are to teach critical thinking and the fundamentals of proposal writing that will help students write candidacy exam proposals, grants, papers, meeting abstracts, and theses/dissertations.  Students will develop a research plan and write a 6-page grant proposal. Students will also learn to edit and critique their fellow students’ proposals, which will help prepare the students for writing and editing their candidacy exam. Weekly meetings will consist of lectures from faculty/experts addressing how to compose grant proposal sections. In addition, students will meet weekly with faculty in small groups to critique/discuss research assignments during which students will be given feedback on their proposal content/style by faculty and fellow students. 

This course fulfills the GSBS Scientific Writing requirement.

Course Outline Scientific Writing