230121 SE-MA Coping with trouble II: Seminar for Master Students in "Science-Technology-Society" (STS) (2016S)
- Anmeldung von Di 09.02.2016 09:00 bis Mo 22.02.2016 23:59
- Abmeldung bis So 20.03.2016 23:59
Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert
Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung
Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel
To pass the seminar, students are expected to complete the following tasks:- Develop a workplan for your thesis project for this term, discuss it with your supervisor, and hand it in on moodle until 25.3.2016.
- As part of this workplan, together with your supervisor, decide on an interim product for your thesis which should be completed by the end of the term (e.g. a discussion paper of a specific area of literature relevant for your state of the art, an analysis of the context of your case, a reflection on the methods you will use...)
The product should be an 8-12 page paper to be handed in by August 1st 2016.
Tell me which product you will deliver as part of the workplan. If student and supervisor decide over the course of the semester that a different interim product would make more sense this can of course be changed.
- Write a text related to your current thesis work for presentation in class. This can either be an exposé for your master thesis, along the guidelines handed out and discussed in grant writing and project management, or any other text that presents current work, such as e.g. data analysis or draft chapters; For formats other than an exposé, please be sure to introduce the general question and focus of your thesis to the reader to contextualise the text.
Length: 10-15 pages, to be handed in 10 days before your presentation slot (so if your presentation is on 17th of April, on April 7th)
- In addition to the main text, students are asked to highlight one challenge they are facing in their current work, and to write a short text describing the challenge (1-2 pages). Challenges can for example be the development of instruments for empirical work (e.g. a questionnaire), the analysis of a specific piece of data, the use of a specific concept in relation to the student’s work, etc.. Provide the necessary supplementary material (e.g. a text on the concept you would like to discuss, a draft of your questionnaire, a mindmap of the literature in your state of the art….). Send this along with your main text 10 days before your presentation slot.
- Present your exposé in class
- Comment on the text and presentation of a colleague (be critical but constructive)
- Hand in a typed version of the main points of your comments (2-3 pages) on moodle, but also send it to the commented colleague, on the day before the presentation. Students are asked to comment their colleague’s main text, not the text on the challenge.
- Read all exposés, problem descriptions and supplementary material for your colleagues’ units.
- Productively engage in the discussion.
Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab
The grading of the course is based on the seperate assessment of different tasks on a scale of 1-5.
Written and oral presentation of current work: 40 percent, assessed individually
Interim product: 15 percent, assessed individually
Comment: 15 percent, assessed individually
Challenge description & supplementary material: 10 percent, assessed individually
In-class participation: 20 percent, assessed individuallyMinimum requirements
To successfully complete the course, a weighted average of at least 4,5 is required. Failure to meet the attendance regulations, to deliver course assignments on time or to adhere to standards of academic work may result in a deduction of points.Attendance
Presence and participation is compulsory. Absences of four hours at maximum are tolerated, provided that the lecturer is informed about the absence. Absences of up to eight hours in total may be compensated by either a deduction of grading points or/and extra work agreed with the lecturer. Whether compensation is possible is decided by the lecturer.
Absences of more than eight hours in total cannot be compensated. In this case, or if the lecturer does not allow a student to compensate absences of more than four hours, the course cannot be completed and is graded as a 'fail' (5), unless there is a major and unpredictable reason for not being able to fulfil the attendance requirements on the student’s side (e.g. a longer illness). In such a case, the student may be de-registered from the course without grading. It is the student’s responsibility to communicate this in a timely manner, and to provide relevant evidence to their claims if necessary. Whether this exception applies is decided by the vice-director of studies responsible for the master programme.Important Grading Information
If not explicitly noted otherwise, all requirements mentioned in the grading scheme and the attendance regulations must be met. If a required task is not fulfilled, e.g. a required assignment is not handed in or if the student does not meet the attendance requirements, this will be considered as a discontinuation of the course. In that case, the course will be graded as 'fail' (5), unless there is a major and unpredictable reason for not being able to fulfill the task on the student's side (e.g. a longer illness). In such a case, the student may be de-registered from the course without grading. It is the student’s responsibility to communicate this in a timely manner, and to provide relevant evidence to their claims if necessary. Whether this exception applies is decided by the vice-director of studies responsible for the master programme.
If any requirement of the course has been fulfilled by fraudulent means, be it for example by cheating at an exam, plagiarizing parts of a written assignment or by faking signatures on an attendance sheet, the student's participation in the course will be discontinued, the entire course will be graded as 'not assessed' and will be entered into the electronic exam record as 'fraudulently obtained'. Self-plagiarism, particularly re-using own work handed in for other courses, will be treated likewise.