• SWE, Scientific Writing in English, Fall 2022

    PhD course
    Yes, the double meaning of SWE(dish) and Scientific Writing in ENGLISH is intentional ;)


  • Lecturer : Christiane Schmidt
  • To sign up write an email to Christiane by September 1st, 2022. (KTS students and students I work with have priority.)
  • The course will consist of two parts, where part 1 can be taken without part 2. Part 1 and part 2 will yield 1 and 2 credits, respectively.
    • Part 1 will consist of 2x4 hour lectures in October/November (time tbd with course participants), some non-mandatory homework with a discussion seminar, and a final test.
    • In part 2, you will work with a paper of your own, and polish your writing according to what you learned in part 1. You can determine yourself when you cover this part, e.g., according to your own paper deadlines. Please discuss your planned schedule with me in advance.
  • Topics covered:
    • Good writing
    • Cutting clutter
    • Punctuation
    • Common mistakes
    • How to make a story sticky
    • Paragraphs and Sentences
    • Parts of a paper
  • The course is based on a undergrad course on the same topic that I have taught before.

Current Stuff

  • Welcome to the class!
  • The first seminar will take place Monday, October 31, 15:00-17:00.
  • The second seminar will take place Monday, November 7, 13:00-17:00.
  • The third seminar will take place on Wednesday, January 18, 16:00-18:00.
  • A homework discussion will take place Monday, January 23, 14:00-16:00.
  • The examination will take place Monday, January 30, 15:00-17:30.


Lecture Slides


This is literature used by me, you can take a look in some of these books, but it is not necessary to pass the course. However, several of these will help you to get accustomed to working with your text even more :)