|Elective T3110||Scientific Work and Research Methods|
|Credit Points||5 ECTS|
|Module Coordination||Santiago Penedo|
|Lecturers||Santiago Penedo, Prof. Dr. Ramchandra Bhandari, Prof. Dr. Johannes Hamhaber, Prof. Dr. Lars Ribbe, Vanessa Mai, Daniela Meinhardt|
|Workload (h)||45 Attendance||105 Self-Study|
|Intended Learning Outcome||
Students are able to systematically follow the scientific method to conduct their own research by doing a thorough literature research to identify research needs and gaps as well as to formulate clear research questions and hypotheses and selecting sound scientific methodologies to address these questions. Finally, they are able to scientifically communicate their results in written and oral forms.
Students work in interdisciplinary and intercultural groups to address relevant broad environmental subjects preparing a scientific report and an oral presentation.
In order to develop research skills (including structured preparation of scientific reports and presentations) relevant for other master courses and, especially, for the completion of the final thesis.
|Content||Case study / Group work (15h)
Science and scientific methods (9h)
Literature research and review (9h)
Scientific research and scientific writing (8h)
Scientific ethics (4h)
Scientific publication and communication (7h)
|Teaching Method||Lecture, group work, exercises|
|Assessment Method||Literature Review/Case study group report: 60%, Group presentation: 40% (the report and presentation are based on the same literature review but they have to be presented in oral and written forms to assess if the students are able to do both scientifically).|
Curd, M. and Cover, J. A (1998): Philosophy of science – the central issue. W. W. Norton & Company, New YorkMcCaskill, M. K. (1998): Grammar, punctuation and capitalization: A handbook for technical writers and editors (NASA SP-7084). Langley Research Centre, Hampton, Virginia
Popper, Karl (2004): The logic of scientific discovery. London: Routledge-Classic
Strauss, A. and Corbin, J. (1990): Basics of qualitative research: Grounded theory procedures and techniques. Sage Publications
Others: to be announced in class
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