Scientific writing and communication

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content


The main objective of the course is to introduce the students to basic rules, guidelines, and practice of scientific writing.



The students solve problems and practice reading, writing, and peer reviewing of scientific texts.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:



The student:

  • has good understanding of the terms and phrases used in scientific writing.
  • can explain the structure and basic elements of scientific texts.
  • knows guidelines and principles for grammar and style of scientific texts in English, visual display of quantitative information, research ethics, and open publication.



The student:

  • Is able to write and evaluate scientific texts in English
  • can use tools for text editing and graphical representation of data
  • can prepare oral presentations and posters for scientific conferences.


General competence

The student:

  • can communicate scientific work in writing and orally

ECTS Credits


Level of Study

Bachelor and master

Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap


KJEM291: 10 ECTS

PHYS117: 10 ECTS

Courses on scintific or technical writing and communication from other departments, faculties or institutions may also result in credit reduction.

Access to the Course
Access to the course requires admission to one of the following study programs offered by the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences:
  • MAMN-PRO: Energy- and Process Technology, Master, 2 years
  • 5MAMN-ENER: Energy, Integrated Master, 5 years
  • Doctoral candidates admitted to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Teaching and learning methods
Four (4) hours lessons of teaching (lectures) and group work every week for 10-12 weeks.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
It is mandatory to participate in at least 75 % of the sessions. This includes submission of mandatory Individual Readiness Assurance Tests (iRAT) and Team Readiness Assurance Tests (tRAT) for portfolio assessments, as well as active participation in the group work for the respective sessions. Mandatory written assignments and mandatory peer reviewing of work by other students.
Forms of Assessment
Portfolio assessments
Grading Scale
Assessment Semester
Exam in teaching semester.
Reading List
Reading list will be ready by 1 December for the spring semester.
Course Evaluation
The students evaluate the teaching according to the quality assurance system of UiB and the department.
Examination Support Material
Programme Committee
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programmme and courses.
Course Coordinator
Contact information for the course coordinator is available at Mitt UiB, alternatively contact the student advisor at the department.