This course exposes students to state-of-the-art developments in some specific engineering materials, or processes related to engineering materials, and examines the technological, societal, and historical context in which materials research and development occur.
During the course, the students will learn to locate and read scientific literature in their field, to critically evaluate it, and they will become familiar with the format and style of scientific literature and conference presentations.
Lecturer is professor Sven Bossuyt (sven.bossuyt(at)aalto.fi). Course assistant is university teacher Timo Kiesi (timo.kiesi(at)aalto.fi).
Enrolment in Oodi.
Compulsory prerequisites are KJR-C2004 / 67.3100 or similar basic course on materials science.
The course consists of minimal lecturing, independent reading on a topic chosen by each student, and a student-led seminar where students present a paper they wrote about their topic.
Each student shall propose a specific material or material class, a specifically demanding use case for a material, or a specific process related to materials, and at least three references from the scientific literature --such as journal papers, textbooks or patents-- about this topic, for approval. Ideally, but not necessarily, this would be a topic that the student already has a strong interest in and is already knowledgeable about. Based on this literature, the student will then write a concise but thorough paper about their topic, in a format appropriate for a paper submitted to a scientific conference. These papers will be critically reviewed by the course staff and other students. Following the format of the peer review of a scientific paper, each student will write evaluation reports for three other students' initial papers and first revisions. Finally, the students will prepare a brief presentation about their topic for the seminar, and have time to revise their final papers taking into account the feedback from the seminar and the two rounds of peer review.
The language of the paper and the seminar is English. For students who are not yet proficient at writing and presenting in English, concurrently enrolling in the writing clinic offered by the language center might prove very useful.
To pass the course you have to meet the deadlines for submitting:
- an abstract of your paper, after having obtained approval for the topic and literature to be used,
- the initial version of your paper,
- peer review evaluation reports (total 2 rounds),
- evaluation of given peer reviews,
- your revised paper,
and you have to present your topic at the seminar.
Evaluation and examination
The abstract and initial version of your paper are graded as
pass/fail. The course grade is based on the peer review evaluation
reports, the revised paper, and participation in the seminar, which are
each graded on a 0 to 5 -scale.
Preliminary TimetableIntroductory lecture / organizational meetings:
- Thursday 28.1. 11-13 K1/201
- Monday 1.2. 17-19 K1/150
- You must prepare a preliminary topic of your research problem for the first lecture (i.e. find suitable topic on the field of materials
science -new materials innovation, new research finding or
similar and prepare the preliminary title and desription of your topic to the
first meeting. You must be also able to discuss on this topic during the first
session - what the topic means, why it is relevant etc. ).
Paper instructions lecture Feb 5th
Initial paper deadlines Feb 19th and Mar 7th
Peer review instructions lecture Feb 19th
Peer review deadlines Feb 26th and Mar 11th
Seminar in week 11 (Doodle poll for best dates)
Revised paper deadline TBA
Friday 14-15 at Hall K1/150 (starting February 6th, ending March 11th).
Attendance isn't necessary if all the instructions on MyCourses are clear, but for the duration of the course there will be an opportunity each week to discuss how you are progressing with the tasks and ask any questions you may have, on Fridays at 14:15 in K1 building room 150.
February 5th, Maurice Forget of the language centre will join us there to talk about what their Writing Clinic offers.