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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 red font color.

Important information

  • Articles and groups: You will be 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.
  • New Recommended reading: G. D. Gopen, J. A. Swan. 1990. The Science of Scientific Writing--If the reader is to grasp what the writer means, the writer must understand what the reader needs. American Scientist, vol. 78, iss. 6. ISSN: 0003-0996. (Available here)
  • Webreg: To see your results for the written assignments you will use the Webreg system.

Lecture Material

Templates

  • Summary template: Summary template available here.
  • Review template: Critical review template available here. Note! The review should be 3 pages.

LaTeX: For students who would like to use LaTeX instead of MS Word, use this LaTeX template or this LyX template, together with this bib-file.

Goals

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

Prerequisites: Bachelor degree and all specific requirements for admission to the respective master's program at LiTH. We also expect you to have the ability to write a correct and fluent text in English. If you need help in writing English, there is excellent support offered: Academic English Support at Linköping University.

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.

Library Seminar

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.)

Written Assignments

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 should use the templates linked above for your hand-ins.

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. Note that the supervisor meetings shown below are preliminary: your supervisor may inform you of other meetings times. Thereafter, you will have approximately three days to attend to your supervisors comments and send the final version of your summary. Your summary shall be approximately 400 words, which is about four times the size of this paragraph.

  • 22/9, 10-11, D36: Introduction to written assignment 1, and supervisor meetings (if you have supervisor Eva Blomqvist, she will meet you on 23/9 9.15 in room Allen Newell in the E-building). Students who cannot meet at 9.15 on 23/9, should email Eva to arrange for a meeting on 22/9 after 16 o'clock instead'. Eva has promised to check her email during lunch-time on Monday 22/9, so email her before that.
  • 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.
How to hand in your draft and your final summary:
  • Name the summary file according to the following format: TDDD65_Draft/Final_Summary_Program_LiU-ID.pdf,
    e.g. file name:
    TDDD65_Draft_Summary_CS_annva871.pdf (draft)
    TDDD65_Final_Summary_CS_annva871.pdf (after revision).
  • E-mail the file to your_supervisor@analys.urkund.se 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. The review should start with a brief summary of the reviewed article. The review part itself should be more than 60% of the text. The text of the review (excluding title and empty rows after the title, and excluding reference list) should be maximum 2 pages.

  • 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.
How to hand in your draft and your final review:
  • Name the review file according to the following format: TDDD65_Draft/Final_Review_Program_LiU-ID.pdf
    e.g. file name:
    TDDD65_Draft_Review_CS_annva871.pdf (draft)
    TDDD65_Final_Review_CS_annva871.pdf (after revision).
  • E-mail the file to your_supervisor@analys.urkund.se 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: 2014-09-24