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Details for the Course Syllabus for Course GEM060F valid from Autumn 2013

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General
Aim
  • This course aims to help students improve their ability to read, understand and think critically about research articles in science and engineering. The course also intends to help graduate students at LTH improve their efficiency and effectiveness in reading and understanding research articles in science and engineering in general and their own fields of research in particular.
Contents
  • Discourse analysis, techniques in reading, skimming and analysing research articles in science and engineering in general and in specific fields, the discourse of technical communication in general and of the research articles in particular, the moves of the abstract and of the sections of research articles, The Journal Impact Factor and Science Citation Index: its uses and misuses, paragraphing conventions, varieties of discourse traditions/communication channels in academic research communities, communicative context and the discourse of introduction sections, methods descriptions, and of presenting and discussing results.
Knowledge and Understanding
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • be able to know where in research articles readers will tend to find the information most relevant to that research.
Competences and Skills
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • be able to locate, understand and interpret information in science and engineering research articles
    be able to discover which articles are most relevant to their own research
    be able to distinguish which articles should be left unread, perused briefly, read completely or studied carefully
    be able to analyse the communicative purposes behind the vocabulary choices, sentence formulations and organizational conventions used /not used by published authors.
Judgement and Approach
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • be able to critically analyse the discourse choices made by authors in published texts in their research areas.
Types of Instruction
  • Lectures
  • Exercises
  • The course consists of a series of lectures, each followed by an hour-long small-group discussion workshop in which students apply the analytical techniques learned to the different sections of research articles which they have chosen from their own fields.
Examination Formats
  • Written assignments
  • For a Pass on the course, the participant must have attended at least 80 % of the scheduled activities and completed and passed all assignments in the course.
    If there are extenuating circumstances some parts of the assessment can be performed differently.
  • Failed, pass
Admission Requirements
  • To be admitted to the course applicants have to be part of a PhD programme at LTH.
Assumed Prior Knowledge
Selection Criteria
  • Priority is given to: 1) PhD students who have previously applied to the course and were eligible at the time, 2) PhD students most recently accepted for PhD studies.
Literature
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  • Reading material will be distributed by the course instructor.
Further Information
Course code
  • GEM060F
Administrative Information
  •  -05-28
  • FN1/Anders Gustafsson FN2/Eva Nordberg Karlsson FN3/Per Tunestål

All Published Course Occasions for the Course Syllabus

3 course occasions.

Course code ▽ Course Name ▽ Division ▽ Established ▽ Course syllabus valid from ▽ Start Date ▽ End Date ▽ Published ▽
GEM060F Reading Skills and the Discourse of the Research Article Doctoral Research Training 2013‑08‑29 Autumn 2013 2013‑07‑01 2013‑08‑29
GEM060F Reading Skills and the Discourse of the Research Article Doctoral Research Training 2014‑07‑04 Autumn 2013 2014‑09‑23 2014‑07‑04
GEM060F Reading Skills and the Discourse of the Research Article Doctoral Research Training Autumn 2013 2015‑09‑23

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