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Introduction To Professional Scientific Communication


The objective of this course is to introduce undergraduate and postgraduate students to the different aspects of professional science communication including written and oral communication, and publication ethics in research.

Science and engineering stream students interested or pursuing R&D related activities.


UG/PG: Both UG/ PG

PREREQUISITES: Basic level of understanding on concept and methodology in scientific research

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: This course is meant for professional development, and hence applicable to all R&D related industries and academia

1340 students have enrolled already!!


Prof. S. Ganesh teaches biology, genetics and genomics at IIT Kanpur. His research interests include human molecular genetics and neuroscience. He works on genetic forms of neurodegenerative disorders in humans to understand their genetics and disease mechanisms, and to develop therapeutics. He has been serving on the editorial boards of journals, and offers courses on professional and scientific communication at IIT Kanpur. For more information, visit his group’s website: http://home.iitk.ac.in/~sganesh/

Week 1: Introduction to Professional Scientific Communication, Discussion of creativity, research ideas and where to find them, Inductive reasoning versus deductive reasoning
Week 2: Hypothesis, reasoning and testing the hypothesis, Peer review process, Structure of a scientific report
Week 3: Structure of a Research article, Title, abstract, methods, results, and discussion
Week 4: Structure of a Research article contd., Schematic diagrams, figures, tables and flow charts – rationale and usage, Ethics in biomedical research, Different forms of writing: scientific report, proposal, and reviews, Presentations-thumb rules and good practice


Mostly publically available literature. Will be shared with the participants during the launch of the course.
  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date and Time of Exams: 31 March 2019 (Sunday) 
  • Time of Exam: Morning session 9am to 2 noon; Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.


  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of  Best 3 out of 4 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.