Special courses - Master, PhD

Experimental Design & Data Analysis

Experimental design and analysis is a new graduate seminar piloted in 2013 to address the question of how to plan an experiment and how to best analyze the resulting data. Among other things we will look at how to do a proper literature background check, where to find the best protocols, how to formulate a useful hypothesis, methods to keep experiments on schedule, tools of data analysis, and finally we will talk about some psychological pitfalls frequently seen in the interpretation of results.

 

The pilot was well received. All respondents would recommend the course (0 not recommended to 5 absolutely recommended; average 4.5).

 

Next course: 31 Mar - 4 Apr 2014, PM. Interested? Email the organizer.

Scientific Presenting

Donna Cox presenting at the NASA Space Center

Effectively presenting scientific results is not only a core skill of a well-rounded scientist but also one of the important transferable skills of university education.

        In this course you will improve 3 aspects of your scientific presentation: graphic organization of information, oral communication, and interaction with the audience. We'll do this by alternating tips or demonstrations with exercises. At the end of the course you will present on a topic of your choice, the talk will be recorded for you to be able to analyze yourself on video, and your fellow course members plus the coach will give you constructive feedback on the presentation. 

        The pilot of the course was very well received. 4 out of 4 participants would recommend the seminar (0 not recommended to 5 absolutely recommended; average 4.8). The course lasts for 1 week, is limited to 5 participants, and amounts to 3 credit points. More information in the flyer.

 

The last course took place in Feb 2014. A rerun is scheduled for 2015. Interested? Email the organizer.

Scientific Writing

Scientists are nowadays evaluated mostly based on their written products (research articles, reviews, applications). In addition, a good written English is a skill required by most fields of work outside academic research.

        In this course we will look at composition strategies and analyze text structures. We will compare German to English style and spoken to written English. Course members will learn how to clearly put a thought in writing, how to break down scientific jargon, and how to use text and referencing software at a high level. You will immediately apply your new knowledge by composing and publishing several texts both on your own and in teams.

        The pilot of the course was very well received. 6 out of 6 participants would recommend the seminar (0 not recommended to 5 absolutely recommended; average 4.9). The course lasts 1-2 weeks, is limited to 10 participants, and equals 3 credit points. Further details in the flyer.

 

The last course took place in Dec 2013. A rerun is planned for fall 2014. Interested? Email the organizer.