Course Title: Scientific Communication Techniques


Number of Unites: 3

Schedule: The course consists of six lecture sessions, after which students are supposed to prepare an article about 3-4 publications taken from computer science research. In a concluding session, students will give short talks about the subject of their articles. 

Prerequisites: registration in research degree programme

Catalog Description :

Theories and background information about scientific theories and –dialogs. Search for scientific publications in databases. The importance of reading and written documentation in the scientific process, with emphasis on the journal, report and the article. Correct way of writing and the use of references. Oral scientific presentation and popular scientific presentation, responsibility and ethics. 

Expanded Description:

Session 1: Reading 
          * What is Literature?
          * The Bibliographic Data of Publication
          * The Documentation of Literature
          * Stages in the Use of Literature

Session 2:  Listening
          * Role of Listening
          * Learning and Listening
          * How to take Notes

Session 3: Writing
          * What is Written Communication?
          * Specification of Goals
          * Structuring Papers
          * Collecting Material
          * Linguistic Correctness and Style
          * Technicalities and Typography
          * Graphs, Figures, Tables

Session 4: Presentation
          * What is Oral Presentation?
          * Analysis of Audience
          * Collecting and Processing Material
          * Preparation of Oral Presentation
          * Analysing Presentation

Session 5: Professional Practice
          * How to Arrange Dissertation?
          * Proof Reading
          * Refereeing
          * Editing

Session 6: Student's report preparation and presentations .


Course Objectives & Role in the Program:
This is a special topics graduate course with a strong emphasis on applications. It will consist of lectures given by the instructor as well as presentations by students about their project and assignments.

Learning Outcomes:
The student gets an introduction to scientific communication and will learn to make a report based on search in scientific databases, related to a work within their own field of research. The student will learn to read, evaluate, referee and put together relevant information and learn to plan and document his/hers scientific work in a constructive way. Students will be trained in oral and written presentation of their results. 

Method of Evaluation
Grades for the course will be based on the quality of each student’s presentation and written reports (70% of grade), on their level of participation in the weekly discussions (20% of grade), and their attendance (10% of grade).
Attendance in all sessions is mandatory. 

Required Texts:
  1. J. Zobel, Writing for Computer Science, Second Edition, Springer, 2004.
  2. R. Akerkar, Lecture Notes.





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