- Knowledge on how to apply the scientific method
- Knowledge on how to search and collect information necessary to develop a research proposal for a thesis study
- Have research and knowledge skills on how to establish a problem for a thesis study
- Be able to conduct basic research using library resources
- Be able to give scientific presentations, both oral and written
- Write a paper to define a scientific problem
- Be able to communicate effectively in a written and oral form
- Define time frames and responsibilities in the definition of professional problems that may apply to real life cases.
- The scientific method
- How to define a research project
- How to write scientific articles, proposals, etc
- How to make and present scientific/technical presentations
- Best practices to conduct research
Required prerequisite knowledge
|Portfolio Assessment||1/1||A - F|
Portfolio evaluation - 60%
- Weekly written tests 20%
- Written paper 40%
Oral presentation - 40%
- Oral presentation of the written paper
All parts of the folder assessment, in addition to the oral presentation, must be graded E or better to pass the course. If you fail a part of the folder assessment, you must retake the whole folder assessment the following year.
Course communications will be via email and Canvas. It's up to the student to make sure e-mail is set up correctly with the University.
- Course coordinator
- Lisa Jean Watson
Method of work
- E-Lectures that are relevant to develop the scientific problem for the research paper and how to give presentations
- In-class skill development workshops
- Training of library computer skills
- Attendance at guest lecturers from the scientific and industry community
The students' participation in the different working forms in this course is strongly recomended in order to develop skills directly related to the portfolio and the oral presentation.
|Master thesis seminar (MPG100_1)||5|
One required book is used in the course.
- Wisker, G., 2009, Palgrave Study Skills: The Undergraduate Research Handbook, Palgrave MacMillan:London, 298 p.
Additional literature is given in pdf format and is updated with new and relevant literature on Canvas. Examples:
- Stewart, R., J. Brown, D. Lawton, and L. Lines, 2005, A guide to effective geophysical writing and presentation, CSEG Recorder: October, pg. 36-41.
- Conway, D., 2013, Instantly Better Presentations. Thoughtstream, 2013. Web. August 2014. damian.conway.org.
Lecture notes provided on Canvas.