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TGTU51 Introduction to Advanced Academic Studies

Seminars

The Seminars

Literature Search

The first seminar in the course will be about literature search and how to find information through the library and databases. The questions that should be answered in pairs of two (the same pairs you later should use in seminar 2, Scientific Writing) after the seminar is available here as a pdf-format or here as a word-format. When filled out properly after the seminar it should be sent to tgtu51@bibl.liu.se in a mail by the 20th of october at the latest. More information will be available at the seminar and the course page at the library.

For those of you who have missed to hand in the literature search assignment you will have another chance until the 5th of December. Note that if you miss this deadline you will have to redo the exercise next year.

Scientific Writing

The rest of the seminars are supposed to prepare the students for writing academically as they will need to during their time at LiU. This will be done in two exercises in writing; one where the student should write a summary of a paper alone and one where a pair of students should write a critical reflection of multiple published papers. More info about the the exercises such as topics, length and so on is found below. First some important dates and deadlines:

  • 7th and 8th September: Receive subject and paper for summary.
  • 28th and 29th September: Hand in summary, receive papers for critical reflection.
  • 13th and 14th October: Feedback on the summary, bring two copies.
  • 25th October 13.00: Hand in final version of summary.
  • 31th October 13.00: Hand in critical reflection.
  • 9th November-11th November: Review of critical reflection. Bring two copies. See timetable for groups and times.
  • 2nd December: Hand in your final version of the Summary.
  • 5th December: Hand in your final version of the Critical Reflection.
  • (5th December: Hand in your literature search as specified under the literature search seminar above).

Final Hand-in

For the final hand in the literature search should be sent to tgtu51@bibl.liu.se in a mail, the summary should once again be sent to the course assistant while the critical reflection should be sent through urkund. This means that the text will be checked for plagiarism. Note that students already approved on the assignments do not need to send in their literature search, summaries or critical reflections. Here follows a step to step instructions what to do.

Literature Search

  • Fill in the questionnaire as described during the literature search seminar, for details, see Literature Search above.
  • Send in your questionnaire to tgtu51@bibl.liu.se before the 5 December.

Summary

  • Correct the summary according to Pamelas feedback week 45.
  • Attend your seminar during week 48 and show Pamela your work and get new feedback.
  • Apply this new feedback to your summary.
  • Name the summary (file) according to the template: "Summary_Exercise_Final_version_Program_LiU-ID.pdf" (or .doc) (so an example would be: "Summary_Exercise_Final_version_ETH_dagso769.pdf").
  • Send the file in a mail to the course assistant in a mail with the subject "TGTU51: Summary Exercise Final version, Program, LiU-ID" (so an example would be: "TGTU51: Summary Exercise Final Version, ETH, dagso769").
  • Do this before the deadline (2 December) or we will not accept your hand-in!

Critical Reflection

  • Correct the critical reflection according to Pamelas feedback week 45.
  • Attend your seminar during week 48 and show Pamela your work and get new feedback.
  • Apply this new feedback to your critical reflection.
  • Name the critical reflection (file) according to the template: "TGTU51_Critical_Reflection_Exercise_Program_LiU-ID1_LiU-ID2.pdf" (or .doc) (example: "TGTU51_Critical_Reflection_Exercise_ETH_dagso769_nicwe881"). Remember to also include the checklist described in the exercise.
  • Send the file in a mail to dagso62.liu@analys.urkund.se with the subject "TGTU51: Critical Reflection Exercise, Program, LiU-ID1, LiU-ID2"(example: "TGTU51: Critical Reflection Exercise, ETH, dagso769, nicwe881")
  • Do this before the deadline (5 December) or we will not accept your hand-in!

Exercise 1, Summary

The first lecture of scientific writing (the second in general) will focus on Academic Writing in general, and summary writing in particular. At the end of the lecture, students will be provided with articles in the fields of their general areas of study. Each student is expected to download the relevant article and then, using the information provided in the lecture, write an INDIVIDUAL summary of the article. The summary should be between 120 and 150 words in length.

A paper copy of the summary should be handed in at the beginning of lecture 3 (28th and 29th September). Remember to put your name and program on your summary.

The summary will be returned with teacher feedback at the seminar 2 in week 41 (13th and 14th oktober). Come to the seminar with TWO paper copies of your summary. We will work with peer review and you will need to have copies available for your classmates to read and comment on. Once you have corrected the summary the corrected version should be sent to the course assistant as instructed above in Hand-Ins. This should at latest be done the 25:th October 13.00.

Exercise 2, Critical Reflection

The second lecture in scientific writing (third in general) will develop the points taken up in the first lecture and the issues of critique, argumentation and referencing with be covered. Instructions for what to do is available here.
The checklist that are mentioned in the instructions is available here. as .pdf or here. as .doc. Deadline for the first hand-in is the 31st October 13.00.
The papers that should be used are the following:

Extra Seminar Week 48

There will be one extra seminar given for the students who need to make adjustments to their summaries or critical reflections during week 48. The exact times and dates are available in the timetable-tab.

The seminar is mandatory for everyone who have not passed both the summary and critical reflection. During the seminar Pamela will be able to give some quick feedback on your current work which will increase your chances considerably for passing the final deadline. For her to give some meaningful feedback you do however need to have reworked the assignment which you have not yet passed according to previous feedback (otherwise you will just get the same again) so you should:

  • Before the seminar: Rewrite your summary/critical reflection according to previous feedback.
  • To the seminar: Bring a copy of your finished summary/critical reflection (it should be more or less ready for the last hand-in).
  • During the seminar: Ask Pamela if you are unsure of something you have written. Let Pamela take a look at your work.
  • During/after the seminar: Make corrections according to Pamelas answers/feedback.
  • Before the deadlines (2/12 2011 for summary and 5/12 2011 for critical reflection): Hand in your final version. The course is now complete for this year. It is important that this hand-in is made correct, read the instructions here.
Students who already have passed both the summary and critical reflection do not need to take part of the seminar nor to send in any new copies of their work.

Presentation Techniques

This seminar will be performed in groups of around 10 students each and each student will be expected to prepare and hold a 5-minute informative speech on a course or program-related topic. This can for example be one or more of the articles written about in the critical reflection or some other interesting topic in the study-programs. After the speech the teacher will give comments and feedback on the student's performance which includes planning and structure of the presentation, delivery, contact with the audience etc. Note that the presentations should be made individually.

So each student should, in stepform, do:

  1. Choose a topic
  2. Prepare a 5-minute presentation
  3. Rehearse the presentation carefully, preferable in front of friends or a mirror.
  4. Take part in a seminargroup according to the schedule below
  5. Hold a 5-minute presentation, the teacher will give a 4-minute warning (after 4 minutes) and cut the presentation after 5 minutes so plan your presentation carefully.
  6. Receive feedback from the teacher directly after the presentation. The grade will be APPROVED or NOT APPROVED, there will not be "retakes" so prepare properly.
Students will also be allowed to use slides (and are recomended to do so although it is not mandatory) with some restrictions:
  • Only three slides are allowed
  • The slides are not allowed to be interactive (the entire slide should be visible at once)
  • The slides should follow the 6-rule; no more than 6 words in one line, no more than 6 lines and at least 6mm per letter.
  • To avoid computer trouble the slides should be sent to the course assistant before the slides-deadline for the seminargroup detailed below in the list of seminargroups. The filename should be: "PPT-slides_Program_LiU_ID.ppt" (or .pdf-files are also accepted).
    If the slides are approved by the assistant the slides will be available at the seminar on a computer connected to a projector.

The groups are the detailed below (also available in the timetable tab). Note that the deadline for the slides are also included in the futhest right column.

  • Monday, November 14, Time: 15-17, Room: P36, Groups: MOL, MPN, Slides-deadline: Wednesday 9/11
  • Monday, November 14, Time: 15-17, Room: R22, Groups: CS, Slides-deadline: Wednesday 9/11
  • Wednesday, November 16, Time: 10-12, Room: K24, Groups: ACG, Slides-deadline: Wednesday 9/11
  • Wednesday, November 16, Time: 13-15, Room: PG1, Groups: ECO, ENV, Slides-deadline: Wednesday 9/11
  • Thursday, November 17, Time: 10-12, Room: P30, Groups: MEC-GroupA, Slides-deadline: Wednesday 9/11
  • Thursday, November 17, Time: 10-12, Room: R22, Groups: MEC-GroupB, INN, Slides-deadline: Wednesday 9/11
  • Wednesday, November 23, Time: 8-10, Room: PG1, Groups: COE, COS, Slides-deadline: Wednesday 16/11
  • Wednesday, November 23, Time: 10-12, Room: TP54, Groups: ITS, WNE, Slides-deadline: Wednesday 16/11
  • Thursday, November 24, Time: 10-12, Room: P30, Groups: ETH-GroupA, Slides-deadline: Wednesday 16/11
  • Thursday, November 24, Time: 10-12, Room: U3, Groups: ETH-GroupB, BME, Slides-deadline: Wednesday 16/11
  • Thursday, December 1, Time: 13-15, Room: PG1, Groups: SEM, SOC, Slides-deadline: Wednesday 23/11
Two of the classes are too large to keep in one session and have therefore been splitted into two groups each as shown above. The groups are:
  • MEC-GroupA, Consists of: rocsa172, vioha176, ismab353, hakto677, sassa777, serpe340, kavkh477, alikh273, guile902
  • MEC-GroupB, Consists of: beres180, haikh195, mohna926, siaak002, oejzo505, saema744, gopga321, artva078
  • ETH-GroupA, Consists of: malsv694, sarol328, natjo239, johsj082, hanth955, annsu097, julda532, louni816, lislu119, maran295
  • ETH-GroupB, Consists of: ellsi853, julbu431, annsv278, camja381, susgu063, rebhe308
If you are unsure in which group you belong please contact the course assistant for help.

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Last updated: 2011-12-20