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RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

CODE 86732
ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/2022
CREDITS
  • 1 cfu during the 2nd year of 10635 ROBOTICS ENGINEERING (LM-32) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR ING-IND/13
    LANGUAGE English
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 1° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    The course will test and develop certain basic skills necessary (but not sufficient) for conducting academic research in science and engineering. The focus will be on the writing, reading, and presentation of research papers and reports.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    This course is intended to provide the student with the necessary skills and tools to carry out and present a research topic. It presents the profession of university staff, researchers in research institutions, and in R&D departments in enterprises and how to apply for them. This course includes also the beginning of the bibliographical study and collect information part for the MSc thesis topic.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The aim is to help researchers write well and present clearly their work. For this purpose, the students will learn the key factors determining the quality of a text or a presentation. Their skills will be developed and tested with examples and exercises.

    In their future research, the students will be aware of the importance of good exposition and will have a roadmap for attaining it.

    The course will proceed in conjunction with the student’s thesis work. Most assigned reading, writing, and presentation tasks will be on parts of the student’s project.

    PREREQUISITES

    Reading and writing in English, some research experience.

    TEACHING METHODS

    A series of lectures and tutorials will introduce the basics of clear and concise technical writing and will test the students’ skills and understandings with multiple exercises. A few homework assignments on editing texts will be given. Another assignment will be the preparation of a review of the state of the art in the area of the student’s thesis project.

    The second part of the course and the final exam will focus on visual and oral presentations of research work. Each student will prepare a short presentation of his or her thesis topic. Each will present in front of the full class and answer questions from the audience. There will be two rounds of presentations. After the first, each student will have their work assessed and be assigned to write a review of several colleagues. The second round of presentations, updated and improved, will be the final exam.

    Attendance is mandatory.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    1.  Clear and concise technical writing.

    2. Reading and review of research paper and reports. Preparing a literature overview.

    3. Initial and final presentations of the thesis topics. Reviewing others’ research work and presentations.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Materials will be provided on Aulaweb.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    PERLA MAIOLINO (President)

    RENATO UGO RAFFAELE ZACCARIA

    MATTEO ZOPPI (President Substitute)

    LESSONS

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    The exam will consist in a final round of presentations with questions and comments from the audience.

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    50% continuous assessment

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    12/01/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    12/01/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    14/02/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    14/02/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    23/06/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    27/06/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    27/06/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    18/07/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    18/07/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    14/09/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale