Credits: 5

Schedule: 05.11.2019 - 14.04.2020

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course consists of three themes. Firstly the students will be introduced to aims and general goals of doctoral studies. Lectures will also include practical aspects such as writing papers as well as general topics on research, patenting, and experimental design. In a second part, presentation skills will be developed. Students will work in both small groups and present before larger audiences.  In the third part subjects such as researcher ethics, intellectual property rights, and research methods will be treated.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Introduction to doctoral studies and to professional research work, including the knowledge and the various skills needed at scientific research work, such as writing and presentation skills.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Each student must produce and present two presentations. No exam. Student must attend at least 75% of lectures.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures 10 x 2 hour (20 hours)

Individual work (related to lectures) 20 hours

Seminars 2 x 16 hours (32 hours)

Small group work 63 h (42 h in part 2, 20 h in part 3)

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

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Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

M.Sc. (Tech.) degree or equivalent level degree

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


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