PIS 9203: Presentation, Scientific Writing & Research Ethics

PhD Students (Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Technology, Software Engineering)

Course Details Lecturer University
Course Unit Coordinator: Dr. Agnes Nakakawa Makerere University
Course Delivery Team: Dr. Benedict Oyo
Dr. John Ngubiri
Dr. Denis Ssebuggwawo
Gulu University
Makerere University
Kyambogo University
Consultation hours: By appointment
Lecture schedule: Wednesday 4.00 p.m. – 7.00 p.m.
SUMMARY
This course generally provides principles of systematically writing a scientific article and presentation it or communicating your findings to a global audience. The course also covers aspects of the publication process from the perspectives of the authors of scientific papers, reviewers, and editors of scientific journals.
OBJECTIVES, LEARNING PATTERNS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES
Objectives: The objective is to give the participants the following:
  •  Awareness of the importance of scientific writing,
  •  Motivation to write scientific papers, and
  •  Prerequisites for publishing in recognized scientific journals
 Learning Patterns:
  • The course unit delivery team will engage students using the following approaches or patterns of learning:
  • Classes will be held as interactive and participatory group discussions among students and between students and the course unit delivery team
  • Reading material which includes manuals, conference papers, books and journal papers on scientific writing and ethics will be used
  • Students will be given challenges to research about and present.
  • Where possible, viewing and discussing of recorded seminar presentations by researchers or leading academics in a given field.
COURSE UNIT DELIVERY SCHEDULE AND SLIDES
Module 1: Essentials in Writing
No. Topic Lecture Slides Further Reading & Useful Resources/Links
1.0 Introduction ppt pdf
1.2 Research ethics
  • honesty and credibility in scientific writing
ppt pdf Cottrel(2013), Linus et al.(2014)
1.3 Citation and referencing Styles Comparing Citation Styles Examples for ACM, APA & IEEE
  • Citation and References – Intro
ppt pdf Citation Style Chart
  • Chicago Citation and Referencing Style
ppt pdf York University, UC-Dublin, Chicago Manual Online, Harvard Business School, Purdue
  • APA Citation and Referencing Style
ppt pdf Purdue,Monash
  • MLA Citation and Referencing Style
ppt pdf UCD Library, Purdue
  • Harvard Citation and Referencing Style
pptpdf Nothampton, South Wales, Anglia Ruskin
  • ACM Citation and Referencing Style
ppt pdf Hamphshire, ACM Guide
  • IEEE Citation and Referencing Style
ppt pdf
Paragraphing and Logical Flow
  • linking paragraphs to make the logic clear
ppt pdf
1.4 The refereeing and publication process
  • What referees are looking for,
  • How to deal with reviewers, editors, and publishers
ppt pdf