The Academic Context course is a two-year course and contains the following parts:.
A. Introduction to the nanomaterials science programme (E. Mulder)
B. Module Integrity in Chemistry, essay (E.Vogt): 1.5 EC
C. Writing a review or an essay paper (E. Vogt): 5 EC
D. Participation (a minimum of one event) at the annual programme Career Event: 0 EC
E. Participation at the Debye lunches, Colloquia, Debye Professor Lectures:0 EC
This Academic Context course elaborates further on the Bachelor’s academic context course to improve academic skills and attitudes at Master’s level. The course also serves to strengthen the community of students starting together either in September or in February.
A: The course first starts with an introduction to this programme. The student will receive information on choosing courses, choosing an appropriate research group, the research project itself, the assessment of the research project, the honours programmes, the aims of an internship, etc. There is time to discuss your study plan individually. Students coming from abroad will get a guided tour along the Debye research labs and lecture rooms.
B: Performing research is more than just doing experiments. The art of research is also to handle ethically with own obtained results and to act when specific dilemmas are at stake. Eelco Vogt will provide you with specific examples in the field of chemistry. This module will be concluded with a written assignment.
C: Writing a scientific essay or writing a review and knowing how to look for the appropriate literature papers is another important academic skill. In this module the students will be trained in writing one of the above mentioned products. The student will receive a training with instructions and is free to choose a topic of his/her own interest within the Debye Institute. The student will be guided by a member of a research group. This module will be concluded with a poster presentation of the work and assessed by a panel of Debye researchers during the fall of their second year.
D: Chemistry students will also get a specific career event with invited speakers who work with chemistry graduates. This event will be concluded with drinks to stimulate students to talk further with the speakers.
E: Attending Debye research activities are meant to enlarge a student’s view on hot topics in the field of nanoscience. Staff and PhD’s will present their work followed by interactive discussion sessions. Every year, the Debye Institute invites a well-known researcher, for a couple of months to teach and perform research. Students will be actively stimulated to follow a lecture series by the Debye professor and to active participate at the Debye lunches and symposia.
Contact hours: 40 hours spread over the study
Registration: This two-year course is mandatory for all Nanomaterials Science master students. Registration starts in the first year of your study automatically via your application for the Master’s programme Nanomaterials Science. In case you are a student from another programme and wish to register for this course, please contact the course coordinator by email before the registration deadline. He will instruct all students by direct email during the first year of the course and keep track of your preliminary grades. You will, however, not be able to see the SK-MACCO course information in Blackboard or MyTimetable or MyUU app.
In the second year of the course SK-MACCO you need to register in time in the standard way. You will then be able to use the standard tools Blackboard, MyTimetable and MyUU app as is applicable to all other (one-year) courses.
The two-year course SK-MACCO per year
PartECLecturerDescriptionYearDate, location (Applicable in 2018/2019 only)A0E. MulderIntroduction to the nanomaterials science programme1Introduction to the master Nanomaterials Science, only for students from cohort 18/19 at (place and time yet to be defined) and for the February intake: (place and time yet to be defined)B1.5E. VogtModule Integrity in Chemistry2Students from cohort 17/18 only Location and timing to be decidedC5E. VogtWriting a review or an essay paper1Students from cohort 18/19 only at (place and time yet to be defined)Poster presentation1 and 2Students from cohort 17/18 mandatory as poster presenters. Staff members will grade the posters.
Students from cohort 18/19 optional. Peers may select the “Publieksprijs” for the best poster.
Location: To be decided, December 2018 afternoon session. Drinks afterwardsD0, participation compulsoryn/aParticipation (a minimum of one event) at the annual programme Career Event1 and 2Proton Career day: February 2019, afternoon lectures/workshops, followed by drinks (netwerkborrel)E0, participation compulsoryn/aParticipation at the Debye lunches, Colloquia, Debye Professor Lectures1 and 2Students from cohort 18/19: (place and time yet to be defined) Presentation of the research topics by the individual research groups.
Further: Announced internally in the Debye Newsletters and separate e-mail reminders