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Higher Education Technical Challenges Hub: Module Specification

ICT10B1 Methodological module (how to learn, study, research, write paper)

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Module:

Programme:

ICT Security

ECTS:

6

Type:

Bachelor

Module name:

Methodological module


Scope and form:

Lecture and group exercises in connection with the lectures. Oral presentations of the plan of the research work and the text review


Duration (weeks; Hours/week):

15 weeks, 4h/week

Type of assessment:

During the semester students write a review of a text concerning a subject to study (textbook for example) and present it orally in a group. They also write a plan of their research project and present it in a group and write a paper. To grant a credit it is necessary to fulfil all the components.

Qualified Prerequisites:

None


General module objectives:

The objectives of the module are as follows: improving learning process with focus on active learning and communication with a teacher; research process, scientific writing with focus on logical structure and style of the document, principles of effective writing, abstract, review.


Topics and short description:

How to learn and study. Principles of effective learning. Active reading, writing, speaking and listening. Communication with a teacher and other students. Asking questions.
Research activity: learning basic ideas of the subject that you study; defining the project scope; discussion of the research proposal with the teacher; finding resources.
Scientific writing. The format of an original paper. Abstract. Introduction. Main part. Conclusions. Acknowledgements. References.
Abstract: brief resume of the paper that contains the set of the problem and the obtained result.
Introduction: background; gaps and limitations; question or hypothesis to test; plan of attack; obtained results.
Main part: obtained results and discussion.
Logical structure of the text. Crafting better sentences and paragraphs.
Grammar issues. Word order. Relative clauses. Gerund. Compounds. Punctuation.
Effective writing: active voice; cutting unnecessary clutter; avoiding repetitions and reducing a paper.


Learning outcomes:

Knowledge

Skills

Competences

Advanced knowledge of the learning process

Practical applications of knowledge to active learning

Application of acquired knowledge and skills in design and implementation of research projects

Advanced knowledge of the research activity

Defining of the project scope and goal, finding resources, comparison the results with known results in a given area

Project work

Scientific writing

Experience in writing and using the style of scientific papers

Writing research papers, review


Recommended literature:

Lynne Truss. Eats, Shoots, and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, London 2003.
J. Trzeciak. Writing mathematical papers in English. Gdansk Teachers’ Press.1998. Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html
Writing in the Sciences. http://www.coursera.org
D. Mcginnes. Language Development and Learning to Read – The Scientific Study of how Language Development Affects Reading Skill. ISBN 9780262134521; 2005 
Strunk & White. The Elements of Style. http://www.faculty.washington.edu/heagerty/Courses/b572/public/StrunkWhite.pdf 
How to Study and Learn: http://www.criticalthinking.org/pages/
How to Study and Learn Effectively: http://www.discoverbusiness.us/
How to Study Effectively Free online course http://www.volunteerministers.org/training/study/overview.html
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