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300265 SE Priming your PhD - VBC PhD Programme (2017S)

10.00 ECTS (6.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 30 participants
Language: English



This course is open only for 1st year students of the VBC PhD Programme.


Aims, contents and method of the course

The aim of this course is to introduce incoming students to the research topics and technologies established on campus. The faculty will present and facilitate the discussion of current challenges in the Life Sciences, enabling students to become critical and thorough researchers. Furthermore, PhD students will be trained in valuable soft skills for a successful PhD
Effective communication skills
Managing your PhD: frame setting, goals and planning
Analyzing primary literature (structured journal clubs)
Reviewing and following up data
Current issues in Life Sciences
Exploring technologies for the advancement of research
Acknowledging and learning from mistakes
Problem solving in Life Sciences

Assessment and permitted materials

Compulsory attendance; the evaluation consists of different performances: quality and completeness of the seminar presentation, active participation in the scientific discussion of the presented publications, written records (the percentage of the subgrades will be announced by the course leader); each of the subgrades must have a positive evaluation.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Ability to critically read, discuss and integrate scientific literature;
Awareness of different experimental approaches and state of the art technologies;
Improved communication skills;
Increased creativity.

Examination topics

Reading list

Association in the course directory

PhD-MB 5

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