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Unit organisation

  • Lecturer: Winthrop Professor Mohammed Bennamoun

  • Unit Coordinator: Mohammed Bennamoun

  • Semester: 1st, Points: 6

  • Lectures: 4-6pm on Tuesdays CSSE Seminar Room 1.24

  • Total Workload: 10 hours per week

  • discussion forum: help4008, cssubmit, csmarks, Unit outline

Lecture topics

Writing and Publishing Skills

1. LaTeX (pdf, another talk pdf, and its latex source which requires image.pdf to draw)

2. General writing skills (lecture pdf and additional notes pdf)

3. Composition (lecture pdf and additional notes)

4. Inclusion of symbolic terms (lecture pdf and additional notes)

5. Citations and References (lecture pdf, bibtex explained pdf, with latex source and bibliography source. See also some additional notes here)

6. Writing a thesis or a paper (lecture pdf). Additional notes: Revising a draft (pdf), Publishing (pdf) and Writing a thesis (pdf)

7. No Teaching Week.

Writing Research Papers

8. Planning a paper (pdf)

9. Designing and analysing experiments (pdf)

Presentation Skills

10.Giving a talk (pdf presentation and pdf notes)

11. Designing and writing an academic web page (pdf presentation and pdf notes)

12. Writing a CV (pdf).

13. A workshop conducted by the UWA Careers Centre

The invited lecture in 2018 will be delivered by Ryan Whiddett (TBC). The material used will include Employability Strategies Factsheet, How to develop and use your Linkedin profile, Resume Fact Sheet, and Cover Letter Fact Sheet

Some useful links

The LaTeX Home Page

An Online Guide to LaTeX


Hypertext Help with LaTeX

The Elements of Style

UWA's Policy on the Use of Non-Discriminatory Language

Pointers on giving a talk

UWA's Library Guide to Harvard Reference Style

The ACM Computing Classification System (1998)

HTML Goodies

Plain English Campaign

How to Read an Engineering Paper

Advice for Designing Scientific Posters


This unit will give you practical skills in communication in the computational sciences. There is no examination. The assessment for this unit will be derived entirely from a Communications Portfolio of written work that you will produce throughout the semester.


Marking Criteria

Portfolio (due 12 noon Monday 28 May 2018 (week 13)

Latex Templates

LaTeX template for a Research Proposal

LaTeX template for a Paper

Computer Science Dissertation template

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