Third-Cycle Courses

Faculty of Engineering | Lund University

Details for the Course Syllabus for Course GEM006F valid from Spring 2016

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  • The aim of the course is to prepare doctoral students and teaching staff at LTH for situations requiring communication of science.
  • The course includes components such as techniques of scientific presentation skills and feedback, voice and speech, poster presentations, rhetoric and the writing of popular science.
Knowledge and Understanding
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • know the fundamental concepts of classical rhetoric and be able to recognise rhetorically structured argumentation
    understand how the delivery and structure of scientific presentations may be perceived and be able to plan and carry out scientific presentations on the basis of this knowledge.
Competences and Skills
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • be able to take advantage of their voices and individual body language in the planning and delivery of scientific presentations
    be able to write a popular science article which relates the research subject to wider society and has the potential to create interest in a broad audience
    be able to design and evaluate a scientific poster on the basis of its graphic and scientific message, and from the point of view of the intended function of the poster
    be able to analyse and handle possible conflict situations in the context of scientific communication
    be able to develop and use audiovisual aids to enhance the message of scientific presentations, and be aware of the limitations of such aids.
Judgement and Approach
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • be able and inclined to give and take feedback in a constructive manner that is likely to lead to development
    be able to interact in meetings with media representatives.
Types of Instruction
  • Seminars
  • Exercises
  • Apart from a few lectures, the course consists of practical and individual exercises followed by group discussions and analysis. The exercises in rhetoric take the form of role play and group discussions.
Examination Formats
  • Written report
  • Seminars given by participants
  • For a Pass on the course, participants must have attended at least 80% of the scheduled activities and completed and passed all exercises and assignments in the course.
  • Failed, pass
Admission Requirements
  • To be admitted to the course, participants must normally have a first-cycle degree.
Assumed Prior Knowledge
Selection Criteria
  • Priority is given to students admitted to third-cycle studies at LTH. If there are places available, other teaching staff at LTH are welcome to attend the course.
  • The required reading is determined during the course and on the basis of the communication requirements of the participants.
Further Information
  • The course corresponds to 3 weeks of full-time work of which 1 week is part of the qualifying programme in teaching and learning in higher education at LTH. The course corresponds to 5 credits in third-cycle studies (with Pass and Fail as available grades), if this is in line with the individual study plan.
    Prizes for best popular science essay and best poster presentation are awarded by a jury at the end of the course.
    The course is identical to and given together with GB_S12.
Course code
  • GEM006F
Administrative Information
  •  -11-20
  • Professor Eva Nordberg Karlsson

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