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Introduction to Research - Modultafeln of TU Ilmenau

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module properties module number 200752 - common information
module number200752
departmentDepartment of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
ID of group2172 (Materials for Electrical Engineering and Electronics)
module leaderProf. Dr. Peter Schaaf
languageEnglisch
term Sommersemester
previous knowledge and experience

Fair knowledge in materials science and engineering, electrical engineering, microtechnology, electronics, physics, and chemistry on bachelor level.

learning outcome

Students are able to explain the basics and the progress in science and research. They can analyze methods and results in scientific publications. They can judge them for their applicability in new research applications and can develop strategies for their implementation. Students know the various research methodologies and ways of disseminating research results.They have gained knowledge about the basic research rules, their application and the finding, reading and writing of scientific publications. They know about citations and citation rules, copyrights, plagiarism and can apply them in their own research. The students know the basics of publishing research results and can apply that in written and oral form. For selected research applications, the students have knowledge about various methods and steps, procedures and their control and analysis. After the seminar, the students have gained a deeper knowledge of science and research for selected examples, and they have learned how to search information and how to present this in a talk and to discuss the problems. After intensive critical discussions and group work during the exercises, the students can correctly assess and appreciate of science and research, as well as the presentations and achievements of their fellow students. 
They take criticism, heed remarks and accept suggestions, as well as they can argue in a critical and scientific manner. After the scientific talk (presentation and discussion), students can present a scientific topic, interpret the research results and have a scientific discussion. They have the ability to analyze, summarize, interpret and to discuss a scientific research topic. 
This shows the metacognitive knowledge of the students. Beside these aims and knowledge tests the students have proofed the factual, conceptual, and procedural knowledge of science and research in engineering and natural sciences. They have all basics available and the can apply this knowledge and transfer it to given problems.  

contentIntroduction to ResearchFactual knowledge1. Science and Researcha. What is Science and Research?b. Cycle of scientific workc. Tips for choosing a topic2. Good Scientific Practice a. What is good scientific practiceb. Rules of the DFG, Rules of TU Ilmenauc. Ethics of Science3. Literaturea. Types of Literature, Forms of publicationb. What is good literature?c. Citing and correct citations4. Scientific publishinga. Journals, submission and editorial processb. Authorshipc. OpenAccessd. Copyrighte. Peer reviewf. Data publishing and OpenData5. Literature Worka. Search (metadata, search functionalities, databases & search engines, useful features)b. Finding and reading full texts (licenses, full text search, reading techniques)c. Managing and citing literature, Reference Manager Programs6. Experimentsa. What is an experiment, how to do experiments?b. Experiments for answering research questionsc. LabBook (Rules for Good Scientific Practice)d. Uncertainties and error bars, error propagation7. Design of Experiments (DoE)8. Data Analysis, Fittinga. Presentation of Graphs, figures, tablesb. "Fitting", data analysis, fit curves, presenting "fit"-results 9. Data managementa. Research Data Management, Planningb. Data storage (good scientific practice)c. Repositoriesd. FAIR principle10. Symbols, Units, Nomenclature and conventionsa. SI system, Symbols and unitsb. Equations11. Writing a thesis a. Basics of scientific writingb. Basics of writing a good thesis (Master, Bachelor, Dissertation)12. Presenting Scientific results a. Basics of a good research talkb. Defense of your Master/Bachelor/PhD-thesisMethodological CompetencesStudents can judge the quality of science and research. They can analyze research work and draw conclusions out of them. They are able to convert research results into actions and own research actions. They can discuss research with peers.Self-reflecting competencesStudents know how to deal with research work and can judge about deficiencies and limitations. They know how to extend the problem and find a solution.Social CompetencesAfter the seminar, the students have gained deeper knowledge for selected research examples, and they have learned how to search information and how to present this in a report and in a talk and to discuss the problems. After intensive discussions and group work during the exercises, the students can correctly assess and appreciate the achievements of their fellow students. They take criticism, heed remarks and accept suggestions.

media of instruction and technical requirements for education and examination in case of online participation

Moodle, (PowerPoint) Presentations, PodCast, Scriptum, Quizzes, videos, computer demos, animations, specialized literature, seminar talks (presentation and discussion)

literature / referencesSpecialized literature will be given in the course and in moodle.1. https://www.dfg.de/en/research_funding/principles_dfg_funding/good_scientific_practice/index.html 2. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3923602 3. https://www.tu-ilmenau.de/fileadmin/public/intranet/informiert/rechtsgrundlagen/TU_Ilmenau_Regeln_guter_wiss_Praxis_2020.pdf 4. https://www.tu-ilmenau.de/fileadmin/public/intranet/informiert/Leitlinien_der_TU_Ilmenau_zum_Umgang_mit_Forschungsdaten_aktualisiert_engl_2020.pdf 

evaluation of teaching
Details reference subject
module nameIntroduction to Research
examination number210537
credit points5
SWS4 (2 V, 2 Ü, 0 P)
on-campus program (h)45
self-study (h)105
obligationobligatory module
examexamination performance with multiple performances
details of the certificateDas Modul Introduction to Research mit der Prüfungsnummer 210537 schließt mit folgenden Leistungen ab:
  • alternative semesterbegleitende Studienleistung mit einer Wichtung von 75% (Prüfungsnummer: 2101063)
  • alternative semesterbegleitende Studienleistung mit einer Wichtung von 25% (Prüfungsnummer: 2101064)

Details zum Abschluss Teilleistung 1:

Quizzes and written reports


Details zum Abschluss Teilleistung 2:

seminar talk to a given research topic with scientific discussion 

alternative examination performance due to COVID-19 regulations incl. technical requirements
signup details for alternative examinationsDie Anmeldung zur alternativen semesterbegleitenden Abschlussleistung erfolgt über das Prüfungsverwaltungssystem (thoska) außerhalb des zentralen Prüfungsanmeldezeitraumes. Die früheste Anmeldung ist generell ca. 2-3 Wochen nach Semesterbeginn möglich. Der späteste Zeitpunkt für die An- oder Abmeldung von dieser konkreten Abschlussleistung ist festgelegt auf den (falls keine Angabe, erscheint dies in Kürze):
maximum number of participants
Details in degree program Master Micro- and Nanotechnologies 2021
module nameIntroduction to Research
examination number210537
credit points5
on-campus program (h)45
self-study (h)105
obligationobligatory module
examexamination performance with multiple performances
details of the certificateDas Modul Introduction to Research mit der Prüfungsnummer 210537 schließt mit folgenden Leistungen ab:
  • alternative semesterbegleitende Studienleistung mit einer Wichtung von 75% (Prüfungsnummer: 2101063)
  • alternative semesterbegleitende Studienleistung mit einer Wichtung von 25% (Prüfungsnummer: 2101064)

Details zum Abschluss Teilleistung 1:

Quizzes and written reports


Details zum Abschluss Teilleistung 2:

seminar talk to a given research topic with scientific discussion 

alternative examination performance due to COVID-19 regulations incl. technical requirements
signup details for alternative examinationsDie Anmeldung zur alternativen semesterbegleitenden Abschlussleistung erfolgt über das Prüfungsverwaltungssystem (thoska) außerhalb des zentralen Prüfungsanmeldezeitraumes. Die früheste Anmeldung ist generell ca. 2-3 Wochen nach Semesterbeginn möglich. Der späteste Zeitpunkt für die An- oder Abmeldung von dieser konkreten Abschlussleistung ist festgelegt auf den (falls keine Angabe, erscheint dies in Kürze):
maximum number of participants