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Scientific Working - The Course at a glance

LV-Nr. 706.320, Seminar (is offerd as online course)
Lecturer: Christian Gütl and Herman Maurer
Content-specific Support: Margit Höfler
Technical Support: Mohammad Al-Smadi

1. Introduction

The objectives of the course Scientific Working are that students gain insight in how to design, monitor, and interpret experiments and studies.

Therefore, students will get background information about different research designs and an overview about several methods of analysis. In small groups, they will work on pre-defined subtopics in order to broaden their knowledge. In addition, they will plan a small study on a given research question themselves. During the course, they will be asked to provide feedback to their peers' work. Accordingly, they will also receive feedback for their work from their peers and experts in the fields. These sufficient feedback activities should not only support students in reflecting their own work but also in critically dealing with others' solution of a problem.

The online course included the following activities:

  • guided learning activity
  • self-directed learning activity
  • group work
  • self-assessment, peer assessment and feedback from experts

The online course is expected to take 8 to 12 hours for three phases, for all phases feedback and learning progress will be provided:

  • Phase 1: Introduction into the topic
  • Phase 2: Selected topics (self-directed learning and group work)
  • Phase 3: Planning of an experiment (group work)

2. Organizational Aspects

a) Type of course

Scientific working is planned entirely as online course, all content can be accessed and activities can be completed via a standard Web browser. There is no physical presence on campus planned, however, virtual consultation hours for both subject topic and technical issues will be offered.

Participants will be assigned to groups (group size is two) and some of the tasks has to be completed collaboratively in the group.

b) Access to content and plattform

As the course is offered for a closed group of participants, access to learning content and platform will be communicated by email.

c) Schedule

Start of the online course: June 20th
Completing phase 1 - Introduction in scientific working: June 27th
Completing phase 2 - Selected topics in scientific working: July 11th
Completing phase 3 - Experiment planning: July 25th
Peer feedback: July 31st
Instructor's feedback: August 8th

In case of schedule problems some slightly deviations for specific groups can be agreed on but needs to be discussed with the course organisators.

d) Communication

  • e-mail alias: sw@iicm.edu
    for all subject specific questions and technical issues; i.e. questions can be asked concerning subject matters but also on the learning tool
  • virtual consultation hours for subjects specific issues
    every Wednesday, 10 - 11 h: Margit Höfler via skype: mahosch
    Prior appointment for these consultation hours is desirable: please contact us at least one day in advance via email and describe your request in this email.
  • virtual consultation hours for technical issues
    every Wednesday, 10 - 11 h: Mohammad Al-Smadi via skype: mohammad_smadi
    Prior appointment for these consultation hours is desirable: please contact us at least one day in advance via email and describe your request in this email.

e) Privacy

As part of the course an experiment will be conducted including survey forms and tracking of interaction pattern. All information will be anonymized and used as such for research purpose only. Each of the participants will receive a document to indicate acceptance of the mentioned policy by a signed document.

f) Language

Course language is English; all content is provided in English, all students are also requested to write all contributions, feedback, texts etc. in English.

3. Grading and Marking

In order to successfully complete the course, each unit needs to be completed and positively marked (i.e., students have to achieve 50% of the required work performance). In particular, students are expected to deliver two short summaries during the course and to fill in several questionnaires. Students are also asked to collaborate in the group evaluation activities; i.e., students should collaboratively work on the tasks and provide feedback to their colleagues. Hence, also the amount of collaborative work and the quality of the feedback they provide will be graded.

Contirbutions and results from knowledge assessment will be considered for all three phases:

  • Phase 1: 20 %
  • Phase 2: 30 %
  • Phase 3: 50 %
  • 0 - 50 Points: E (5)
  • 51 - 65 Points: D (4)
  • 66 - 79 Points: C (3)
  • 80 - 89 Points: B (2)
  • 90 - 100 Points: A (1)