TDDD65 6 hp /Introduction to the Theory of Computation
Introduction to Advanced Academic Studies
In this part of the course you will practice academic writing and learn how to review scientific work. You will also learn about the university rules, organization and ethical rules of LiU as well as the academic culture in Sweden. There will be lectures, seminars and group meetings all of which are mandatory. A timetable for TDDD65 is available here. Parts of the course belonging to "Introduction to Advanced Academic Studies" are marked with an A.
- Articles and groups: You have been divided into groups, working with scientific articles for the written assignments. The articles and groups are listed here.
- Course book: We are using the following course book (recommended, not mandatory): J. M. Swales and C. B. Feak. (2004). "Academic writing for graduate students" 2nd ed. University of Michigan Press.
- Webreg: To see your results for the written assignments you will use the Webreg system.
- Slides for lecture 1 are available here.
- Slides for lecture 2 are available here.
- Slides for summary info.
- Notes from the library seminar are available here.
- Slides for critical review info.
- Summary template: Summary template available here.
- Review template: Critical review template available here. Note! The review should be 3 pages.
The objective of this part of the course is to prepare you for advanced academic studies and also to let you learn the academic culture in general. After the course, you should:
- Recognize the most important characteristics of a summary
- Use quotations and references in an appropriate manner
- Begin to apply critical feedback to your own and others' work
- Know how to apply the ethical code of academia in your own studies
- Have knowledge of the basic rules and regulations for advanced studies at Swedish universities, especially at LiU
- Be able to improve your written (and spoken) English
Organization: This part of the course is scheduled as lectures and meetings, and runs over the entire autumn semester.
Contents: Academic writing, quality assessment, review of scientific work, constructive criticism, university rules, organization and ethical rules, rules on citation and reference, academic culture, library facilities and literature search.
You will visit the library for a seminar on literature search and how to find information through the library and databases. This seminar will be helpful when you search for material for reports and thesis work. More information will be given at the seminar. (See the schedule.)
This part of the course consists of two written assignments. You will read two scientific articles and write a summary and a critical review of the articles. You will be provided with a template to use for your hand-ins.
If you need help in writing English, there is excellent support offered: Academic English Support at Linköping University.
Written Assignment 1: Summary
You will be given a general introduction to this assignment on how to write a summary of scientific articles, followed by supervisor meetings. You will be divided into groups and will be provided with an article in the area of computer science. You are expected to write an individual summary of the article and send it electronically to your supervisor. You will receive comments and feedback from your supervisor and meet him/her to discuss your summary individually. Thereafter, you will have approximately one week to attend to your supervisors comments and send the final version of your summary. Your summary shall be approximately 400 words.
- 22/9, 10-12, D36: Introduction to written assignment 1, and supervisor meetings.
- 2/10, midnight: Hand in your summary electronically
- 9/10: Meeting with supervisor (your supervisor will inform you of the time for the meeting)
- 12/10, midnight: Hand in the final version of your summary. Follow the instructions below.
- Name the summary file according to the following format: TDDD65_Draft/Final_Summary_Program_LiU-ID.pdf,
e.g. file name:
TDDD65_Final_Summary_CS_annva871.pdf (after revision).
- E-mail the file to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject TDDD65: Draft/FInal Summary, Program, LiU-ID,
e.g. subject: TDDD65: Draft Summary, CS, annva871 and after revision TDDD65: Final Summary, CS, annva871.
Written Assignment 2: Critical Review
You will be given a general introduction to this assignment on how to write a critical review of scientific articles, followed by supervisor meetings. You will meet with the same supervisor as for assignment 1 and you will use a new article chosen by your supervisor. Each student is expected to write an individual review of the article(s) and send it electronically to their supervisor. The review should be critical and should be approximately 3 pages in length.
- 15/10, 15-17, U7: Introduction to written assignment 2
- 16/11 midnight: Hand in your review electronically
- 24/11: Meeting with your supervisor to discuss their comments on your review. (Group meeting and/or individual meeting depending on your supervisor's choice.)
- 1/12, midnight: Hand in the final version of your review.
- 15/12, midnight: The final deadline for handing in any additions to assignment 1 and 2.
- Name the review file according to the following format: TDDD65_Draft/Final_Review_Program_LiU-ID.pdf
e.g. file name:
TDDD65_Final_Review_CS_annva871.pdf (after revision).
- E-mail the file to email@example.com with the subject TDDD65: Draft/Final Review, Program, LiU-ID
e.g. subject: TDDD65: Draft Review, CS, annva871 and after revision TDDD65: Final Review, CS, annva871.
Articles used for the Assignments
You will use two articles for the summary and review; these articles will be different for different groups. The articles and student groups are listed here.
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Last updated: 2014-08-27