Introduction to Professional Scientific Communication

By Prof. S. Ganesh   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 454
ABOUT THE COURSE : 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.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Science and engineering stream students interested or pursuing R&D related activities.
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
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Start Date : 23 Jan 2023
End Date : 17 Feb 2023
Exam Date : 26 Mar 2023 IST
Enrollment Ends : 30 Jan 2023
Category :
  • Biological Sciences & Bioengineering
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Faculty Domain - Advanced
  • Faculty Domain - Fundamental
Credit Points : 1
Level : Postgraduate

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Course layout

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

Books and references

Mostly publically available literature. Will be shared with the participants during the launch of the course.

Instructor bio

Prof. S. Ganesh

IIT Kanpur
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/

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 
26 March 2023 Morning session 9am to 12 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. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

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.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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