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Scientific Writing Course: Details, Locations, Costs & Booking Form

  How to book
You can book a a place in a public course by:

  • completing the online booking form below
  • calling 1800 601 116 (a free call) or
  • downloading the course brochure and posting, emailing or faxing it back with your details.

Ignore this form if you are requesting a quotation for an in-house course. Either call 1800 601 116 or contact us by email.

We will send you a tax invoice. Unless negotiated otherwise, the invoice must be paid no later than 7 days before the scheduled start date of the course.

You can pay by cheque, EFT, MasterCard, Visa or AMEX. Note that credit-card payments attract a 2% processing fee.

All charges shown below are inclusive of GST (that is, you only pay the amount shown, plus a credit-card processing fee if applicable).

The special price ($495) is offered to full-time students and holders of a current concession card. Otherwise the regular price ($695) applies.

Bulk discounts are offered for bookings of 4 or more. For details, call 1800 601 118 (a free call),or contact us by email.

  Cancellation policy
A full refund will be provided if you cancel with at least 7 days notice. However, cancellations received within 7 days of the course start date will incur a cancellation fee of $100.

  Course details
1: Introduction
Why good scientific writing matters: for others and for you
2: Fundamental attributes of good scientific writing
The legacy of Francis Bacon: communicative efficacy and objectivity; the five attributes of good scientific writing: clarity, familiarity, economy, neutrality and consistency; the problems of language flux
3: Professional style
Scientific and mathematical typography; numbers, symbols and measurements; tables and figures: conventions and templates; citing and referencing: methods and practices
4: The language of language
Parts of speech; the building blocks of language; writing effective paragraphs; things your teachers got wrong: verbs are NOT doing words, for example
5: Scientific documents: types, structures and content
The IMRAD structure and its offshoots; writing abstracts; grant applications; common faults of logic
6: The process of writing
Techniques; tips and tricks; overcoming writer's bock
7: Aspects of grammar
Old rules best forgotten; subject–verb agreement; the that-or-which dilemma; comparatives and superlatives
8: Obstacles to readability in scientific writing
Sentence complexity; conceptual density; misplaced jargon; nominalisation; noun clustering; poor use of voice; impersonal tone; poor font choice
9: Troublesome words
Words easily confused; transition words; homonyms
10: Vital punctuation
Senseless fads; hyphens and dashes; commas; parenthetic markers; brackets; colons; semicolons; apostrophes; etc.
11: Ethical issues in scientific writing
Co-authorship issues; plagiarism; fabrication; undisclosed funding; ghost citations

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Online Booking Form (Part A)
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Online Booking Form (Part B)
Now choose the scientific writing course you want to attend:

Melbourne courses

Sydney courses

Brisbane courses

May 29–30, 2014
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October 2–3, 2014
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July 17–18, 2014
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Canberra courses

Perth Courses

Adelaide courses

June 18–19, 2014
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May 22–23, 2014
August 20–21, 2014

May 15–16, 2014
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More courses later (or on demand). Telephone for details.

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