233041 SE The politics of pharmaceutical innovation (2020W)
- Registration is open from Th 03.09.2020 09:00 to We 23.09.2020 23:59
- Deregistration possible until Su 25.10.2020 23:59
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Adapted Teaching Format
In compliance with the current COVID-19 rules of the University of Vienna this class will be taught in a hybrid teaching format, part in presence and part online. If the number of participants exceeds the maximum number of people that can be taught in presence in the lecture room of the Department of Science and Technology Studies, the class will be split in two groups that alternate between presence-based and remote learning.
Aims, contents and method of the course
Assessment and permitted materials
Oral presentation (12-15 minutes) accompanied by a 4-5 page ‘extended handout’, is done by a research group, i.e. pairs or small collectives (depending on class size and thematic interest). The presentation should weave together a broader conceptual concern or theme of the seminar (indicated by the corresponding thematic cluster and its essential readings) with some genuine research into a particular case study chosen by the students. Each group is required to develop a genuine leading research question for their presentation.
Oral presentations will take place in the dedicated ‘Workshop sessions’ and grouped around a thematic cluster. In the likely case the class size is over 15 students, workshop sessions will take place exclusively as online classes.
Peer feedback provided by one research group to another group. Imitating a friendly peer review process, its purpose is to critically discuss and assess the overall project of the peer group, and to offer constructive feedback. Based on the other group’s ‘extended handout’, the feedback should be prepared in written form (1-2 pages) and delivered orally right after the Group’s presentation. The written feedback needs to be sent to the lecturer one day prior to the class (i.e. Wednesday, 17:00 at the latest); and – with potential further amendments based on the oral presentation – sent to the presenter group by the end of the week (the ensuing Sunday, 17:00), leaving some space for the feedback group to include observations and formulate advice based on the presenter group’s oral presentation.The term paper is an individual assignment, although it can be developed from the oral presentation. It should comprise roughly 15 pages (word count approximately 6.000). It must be handed in via Moodle by the 28th of February 2020. The paper title must be agreed with the lecturer before the end of the course if it diverges significantly from the presentation. In the case the presentation is a group presentation, each student has to develop a genuine sub-topic for their individual term papers (the lecturer is happy to help in this process). The paper must include a cover page, a table of contents, and a full references list. The paper itself should clearly state the chosen question, its relevance to the course, and the conceptual framework (incl. empirical materials/data used) for the analysis. It should also develop a set of conclusions based on the analysis undertaken in the paper.This course uses the plagiarism-detection service Turnitin for larger assignments.
Minimum requirements and assessment criteria
- Oral presentation incl. written ‘extended Handout’, 35 pts., assessed as group work, feedback by lecturer
- Peer feedback of other groups’ presentation (orally and written), 15 pts., assessed as group work, feedback on request
- Term paper, 50 pts., assessed individually, feedback on requestMinimum requirements
A minimum of 50 points is necessary to successfully complete the course. 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. All three assignments must be completed in order to successfully complete the course.Grades
100-87 points Excellent (1)
86-75 points Good (2)
74-63 points Satisfactory (3)
62-50 points Sufficient (4)
49-0 points Unsatisfactory (5) (fail)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 lecturer.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 lecturer.
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.