701-1303-00L Term Paper 1: Writing
|Semester||Autumn Semester 2014|
|Lecturers||M. Ackermann, N. Gruber, J. Hering, R. Kretzschmar, K. McNeill, J. Zeyer, M. Lever, R. Schwarzenbach, B. Wehrli, L. Winkel|
|Language of instruction||English|
|Abstract||The ability to critically evaluate original (scientific) literature and to summarize the information in |
a succinct manner is an important skill for any student. This course aims to practise this ability, requiring each student to write a term paper on a topic of relevance for research in the areas of biogeochemistry and pollutant dynamics.
|Objective||The goal of the term paper is to train the student's ability to |
critically evaluate a well-defined set of research subjects, and to
summarize the findings concisely in a paper of scientific quality. The
paper will be evaluated based on its ability to communicate an
understanding of a topic, and to identify key outstanding questions.
Results from this term paper will be presented to the fellow students and
involved faculty in the summer term (Term paper seminars)
|Content||Each student is expected to write a paper with a length of approximately 15 pages. The students can choose from a list of topics prepared by the supervisors, but the final topic will be determined based on a balance of choice and availability. The students will be guided and advised by their advisors throughout the term. The paper itself should contain the following elements: Motivation and context of the given topic (25%), Concise presentation of the state of the science (50%), Identification of open questions and perhaps outline of opportunities for research (25). |
In addition, the accurate use of citations, attribution of ideas, and the judicious use of figures, tables, equations and references are critical components of a successful paper. Specialized knowledge is not expected, nor required, neither is new research.
|Lecture notes||Guidelines and supplementary material will be handed out at the beginning of the class.|
|Literature||Will be identified based on the chosen topic.|
|Prerequisites / Notice||Each term paper will be reviewed by two fellow students and one faculty. The submission of a written review is a condition for obtaining the credit points. |
There is no final exam. Grade is assigned based on the quality of the term paper and the submission of another student's review.