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Scientific Presentation and Conduct

Instructor: Hania K√∂ver

 

 

 


Description
This course is required for all first-year PhD students at IST Austria, and will serve as a forum for discussion for issues relating to the early stages of the PhD. Topics include developing goals for the PhD, choosing and making effective use of the thesis supervisor and other mentors, developing a research question, preparing for the qualifying exam, writing, presenting, teaching, and ethical conduct. The format varies between class discussion based on reading material, workshop-style practice, and invited speakers and panels.

Syllabus

Reading List

 


Format

Active discussion among students, instructor, and guest speakers, along with weekly homework assignments and student presentations.


Grading

Grading is pass/no-pass. Students are expected to attend every class session, and to actively participate in discussions, activities, and homework assignments. Major assignments include a slide presentation on a scientific topic, as well as a portfolio of homework assignments due at the end of the course. Missing more than 2 class sessions, failing to turn in homework assignments, or not participating in class may result in re-taking the class next year.

 

03/10/15

Schedule (subject to change)

Date Topic Location  
March 6th Introductions, course overview & elevator pitches Mondi 2  
March 13th Goals for the PhD Mondi 2  
March 20th Working towards your goals with the help of a thesis supervisor Mondi 2  
March 27th Ethical Conduct Mondi 2  
April 17th Choosing a research question and preparing for the Qualifying Exam Mondi 2  
April 24th Writing, publications, grants Mondi 2  
May 15th Slide Presentations: Overview Mondi 2  
May 22nd Student Presentations Mondi 2 or Mondi 3  
May 29th Student Presentations Mondi 2 or Mondi 3  
June 5th Student Presentations Mondi 2 or Mondi 3  
June 19th Teaching Mondi 2  
June 26th Wrapping up Mondi 2  

Homework

File Due Date
Homework 1 March 13th
Homework 2 March 20th
Homework 3 March 27th
Homework 4 April 17th
Homework 5 April 24th
Homework 6 May 15th
Homework 7 - 10 Overview May 22nd, May 29th, June 5th
Homework 7 - 10 Roles and Assignments May 22nd, May 29th, June 5th
Homework 7 - 10 Roles and Assignments Revised May 22nd, May 29th, June 5th
Homework 11 June 18th
Homework 12 June 26th

Reading Materials

File Read By
Graduate School: The Movie March 13th
Guide to PhD Grad School March 13th
Care and Maintenance of your Advisor March 20th
How to Pick a Graduate Advisor March 20th
How to Be a Graduate Advisee March 20th
Unreliable research: Trouble at the Lab March 27th
How to Choose a Good Scientific Problem April 17th
Strong Inference April 17th
How to Write an Introduction May 15th
The Use of Slides in Presentations May 22nd - June 5th
The Structure of a Slide Presentation May 22nd - June 5th
Visual Elements in Slide Presentations May 22nd - June 5th
Delivering a Slide Presentation May 22nd - June 5th
Research-based principles for good teaching: In class worksheet June 26th