NKEA09010U Scientific Writing, Planning and Presentation

Volume 2023/2024

MSc Programme in Agriculture
MSc Programme in Chemistry
MSc Programme in Chemistry with a minor subject
MSc Programme in Nanoscience


The course addresses higher-level aspects of communication (both written and oral) as required by a Masters student.

Learning Outcome

good practice for searching and organising literature
good practice for making figures

to write a cover letter
to write a small grant application
to structure a research project
to create a screencast
to write a research communication

to plan and communicate a reserach project

The Elements of Style
William Strunk, E.B. White
Publisher: Longman; 4th edition (August 2, 1999)
ISBN-10: 020530902X
ISBN-13: 978-0205309023

Lecture slides uploaded to Absalon

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
A mixture of lectures, group work, exercises, and student presentations
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • Preparation
  • 10
  • Practical exercises
  • 9
  • Project work
  • 145
  • Total
  • 206
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Type of assessment details
(all assignments are English only)
Assignment 1- Cover letter (10% of total grade)
Assignment 2 - Grant Application (15% of total grade)
Assignment 3 - Outline (20% of total grade)
Assignment 4 - Presentation (20% of total grade)
Assignment 5 - Paper (30% of total grade)
In-class presentation and homework (5%)
All aids allowed

The use of Large Language Models (LLM)/Large Multimodal Models (LMM) – such as ChatGPT and GPT-4 – is permitted in the preparation of the assignments.

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
several internal examiners

The reexam is based on a single, new assignment 5 given to the student.

Criteria for exam assesment

The grading will be based on a combination of formal mistakes (spelling, grammar, etc.) and style.