Bibliographic resources
Bibliography mandatory
Bibliography not mandatory
Summary Teaching Assignment
Academic Year 2018/2019
Type of Teaching Doctorate
Professor Biscari Paolo
Cfu 5.00 Type of Course Mono-Disciplinary Course

Phd Programme From (included) To (excluded) Course

Detailed program and learning outcomes

The course will be held by Professor Tim Sluckin, from the University of Southampton, UK.

Besides being a leading theoretical scientist in soft matter physics, Tim Sluckin has developed experience in the study of the History of Mathematics and Science. He has published over 200 research papers, which have received over 5000 citations (H index = 39), and 4 books, including "Soap, Science and Flat screen TVs: a history of liquid crystals", Oxford University Press, 2nd ed., 2014. (See http://www.personal.soton.ac.uk/tim for further information).

The aim of the course is to develop and improve the candidates' scientific writing, as well as increase their ability to deliver scientific and technical presentations in English.

* Evolution of technical-scientific writing and communication. Historical examples
* General topics on scientific technical English; clear, concise and unambiguous written communication; English vs American English wording; appropriate transition and connecting words; proper verb tenses
* International English: pitfalls for native and non-native speakers in reading, writing, speaking and listening
* Planning a scientific paper
* Writing a quality paper (language; choice of the title; introduction; acknowledgements; main body; conclusions; bibliographic references; appendices; notes)
* Result visualization: tables and figures
* From the initial to the final draft (writing the first draft; reviewing the contents; reviewing the language; preparing the highlights of a paper, dealing with Referees/Supervisor comments and objections, interaction with Editor)
* Preparing and organizing a PhD Thesis. The bibliographic research. Ethics and plagiarism
* Refereeing scientific papers
* Planning an oral presentation: keeping an audience interested in your results
* Preparing and writing slides
* Preparing a poster
* Examples and group-working applications


Notes on methods of assessing

The course will consist in oral classes, with mandatory exercises of critical reading, writing and presentation.

Learning evaluation includes written exercises during the Course, followed by an oral presentation on an agreed topic.

Teaching activities
Start date
End date

Schedule planning

Course calendar
Thursday 28 March 2019, 17:15 - 20:15, room D.0.4 (building #25, via Golgi 40)
Friday 29 March 2019, 16:15 - 19:15, room D.0.4 (building #25, via Golgi 40)
Monday 1 April 2019, 16:15 - 19:15, room D.1.2 (building #25, via Golgi 40)
Tuesday 2 April 2019, 16:15 - 19:15, room E.G.6 (building #25, via Golgi 39)
Thursday 4 April 2019, 17:15 - 20:15, room D.0.4 (building #25, via Golgi 40)
Monday 8 April 2019, 16:15 - 19:15, room D.1.2 (building #25, via Golgi 40)
Tuesday 9 April 2019, 16:15 - 19:15, room E.G.6 (building #25, via Golgi 39)
Thursday 11 April 2019, 17:15 - 20:15, room D.0.4 (building #25, via Golgi 40)

Presence is mandatory. Candidates missing more than two lesson days will not be able to earn course credits.

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaJ. Blackwell & J. Martin, A Scientific Approach to Scientific Writing, Editore: Springer, Anno edizione: 2011
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaR.E. Berger, A Scientific Approach to Writing for Engineers and Scientists, Editore: Wiley, Anno edizione: 2014
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaM.N. Hegde, A Coursebook on Scientific and Professional Writing for Speech-Language Pathology, Editore: Delmar, Anno edizione: 2009
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaM. Alley, The Craft of Scientific Presentations: Critical Steps to Succeed and Critical Errors to Avoid, Editore: Springer, Anno edizione: 2013
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaC. Issever and K. Peach, Presenting Science: A practical guide to giving a good talk, Editore: OUP, Anno edizione: 2009
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaA selection of papers and texts will be provided during the Course

Didactic forms
Type of didactic form Teaching hours
computer laboratory
experimental laboratory
project laboratory

Information in English to support internationalization
Course offered in language English

Note Professor
schedaincarico v. 1.6.1 / 1.6.1
Area Servizi ICT