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College English and preliminary research training

About this course

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In this communications course, you will learn how to properly write a paper in English, cite references and give attributions. You will also learn how to choose research topics and write proposals for research funding.

It is increasingly important that new scholars and students become familiar with, and abide by the international standard when writing papers, submitting them for publication, dealing with editors, and applying for funding. Above all, knowing how to conduct a clear English presentation is an essential requirement for research papers being accepted.

In this course, along with learning best practices for writing a paper, you will also learn about “conventions and protocols” of international academia and the cultural differences between East and West.



What you'll learn

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  • How to write papers in English
  • Best practices for making presentations in English
  • Experiences and advice on scientific research
  • Benefits of taking part in an academic community

Chapter 1 Writing papers in English

1.1 Preparing Manuscripts
1.1.1 Comparison of writing papers in Chinese and English
1.1.2 Main contents of a scientific paper
1.1.3 Advices on English presentations
1.1.4 Advices for beginners

1.2 Submission
1.2.1 Procedure to submit a paper
1.2.2 Reviewing procedure
1.2.3 Advices in responding to reviewers

1.3 Examples
1.3.1 An actual example on abstract
1.3.2 An actual example on responses to reviewers

1.4 Summary

Chapter 2 Making Presentations in English

2.1 General Advice
2.1.1 Importance of making presentations
2.1.2 Rule of Thumb in making presentations

2.2 Preparing Slides
2.2.1 Organization of slides
2.2.2 Advices in preparation
2.2.3 Examples

2.3 Making Presentation
2.3.1 Advices on presentation
2.3.1 How to answer questions

2.4 Summary

Chapter 3 Taking Part in Academic Community

3.1 Academic Credit
3.1.1 Importance of sharing credit
3.1.2 How to share credit
3.1.3 Cite references correctly

3.2 Academic Participation
3.2.1 Attend academic conferences
3.2.2 Communicate in academic exchanges

3.3 Academic Services
3.3.1 Importance
3.3.2 Server as an reviewer
3.3.2 Server as an associate editor

Chapter 4 Experiences and Advices on Scientific Research

4.1 Choosing research topics
4.1.1 Importance of choose research topics
4.1.2 Historical perspective on systems and control areas
4.1.3 Importance of interrelated areas
4.1.4 Approach to choosing a research topic

4.2 Applying for research funding
4.2.1 Importance
4.2.2 Assumptions when writing proposals
4.2.3 Strategies when writing proposals

Meet your instructors

Xiaohong Guan
Center for Intelligent and Networked Systems
Tsinghua University

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