390.710.02 | AY 2013-2014 - 2nd Term | 2 Credit(s)
T 3:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
  • Course Learning Objectives

    This course will prepare you to be able to do the following:

    • Write a high quality biomedical research paper for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.
    • Demonstrate logical organization, clear and effective writing, and an understanding of readers’ and reviewers’ expectations.
    • Describe the content that reviewers expect to see in each of the main sections of a peer-reviewed biomedical research paper.
    • Demonstrate the ability to edit texts, figures and tables for content, form and style.
    • Critically analyze, and recommend revisions to, a draft of a biomedical research paper written by a peer, to improve its organization and style.
  • Course Description

    Guides students towards writing a high quality biomedical research paper. Considers each main section of the paper in detail, emphasizing writing from the reader’s perspective, and practicing all elements of effective academic writing. During the multi-term course, each student writes a biomedical research paper, section by section, receives constructive critique from their peers, and a line by line edit from the instructor. Format includes: didactic elements, small group work, and class critique of texts written by students, and of selected texts from published papers. Also considers other types of academic writing, such as review articles and letters of recommendation; these elements do not form part of the homework assignments or assessments.

  • Intended Audience

    GTPCI students

  • Methods of Assessment

    Grading Policy: Evaluation based on homework assignments and class participation.

    Grading Restrictions: Pass and Fail

  • Academic Ethics Code

    The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Disability Support Services

    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact Betty H. Addison in the Office of Student Life Services:, 410-955-3034, or 2017 E. Monument Street.