LSSR Science Writing from Start to Finish - Academic Skills Centre - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Science Writing

This 50-minute seminar provides an overview of the type of writing most commonly used in Science, Engineering, and other technical subjects: the laboratory report. It is especially useful for students who are new to university, or who are more familiar with writing essays than writing about research.
The course focuses on how research is presented in reports through an examination of report structure and common mistakes in each section. It will also cover the characteristics of good science writing and provide suggestions on improving the clarity of your writing through attention to paragraph and sentence structure.

Tutor: Candy Lin


Dates and times

  • PRE-SEMESTER: Science Writing: Tuesday, 14 February 2023 between 1.00 pm to 1.50 pm, (either enrol here, or email Live stream and in person workshop. A Zoom link will be sent to all enrolled students. : passed

The next set of dates for this learning event has not yet been scheduled.

Even if this course is fully booked, it is likely there will be space on the day, so feel free to turn up. If you would like to be notified when it is next scheduled, request it at a different time or day, or just find out more, email Academic Skills.


  • Handout: Better Lab Reports.
  • Knisely, Karin. 2005. A student handbook for writing in biology (2nd ed.). Sinauer, Sunderland, Mass. (This is on 3-day loan in the library)
  • Findlay, Bruce M. 2006. How to write psychology research reports and essays. (4th ed.). Pearsons, French Forest NSW.
  • Gopen, George and Swan, Judith. 1990. The Science of Scientific Writing. American Scientist, 78(6):550–558. Nov–Dec 1990. Link.
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    Level 3,
    Central Library (Puaka-James Hight)