Introduction to the Philosophy of Science and Research Methodology for Computer Scientists, vettig13
General information1 Jan:
17 dec: Here is some more info about the A-exam: A-exam
23 nov: Information about the essay is now published. (See below)
Samir Okasha: Philosophy of Science, A Very Short Introduction. Oxford 2002. ISBN 978-0-19-280283-5.
Lecturer:Johan Karlander, email@example.com, 790 6340
Short description of the courseAll students at a technical university are confronted with science. It is a bit surprising that they so seldom are given the opportunity to reflect on what science really is. This course is intended to provide an introduction to a more general perspective on science. We will address questions such as:
Teaching methodThe course consists of 12 x 2- hour lectures and 10 x 2- hour seminars. The idea is that 15 to 20 students will participate in the seminars. At the seminars, we discuss science issues and articles. All students are expected to participate in the discussions.
ExaminationThe course has 3 sections :
ExamThere are two exams; one for grade E and one for higher grades. The first, but not the second is mandatory. The exam for E-grade can be done by answering control questions after each lecture. If you have missed some lectures you can complement by doing an exam at the end of the course. This exam is done in writing with opportunity to make oral supplementation afterwards. You will get one or two questions for each lecture you have missed. You should prepare yourself by reading the lecture notes. The exam takes up to 30 minutes.
The exam for higher grades is done orally. Answer questions in groups of up to four people. The requirements are:
C-level: you should be able to describe in detail the content of the lectures and seminars. You prepare best by reading the lecture notes, materials from the seminars and the course book. .
A-level: you should be able to apply everything you've learned in the course of new unexpected issues. You prepare best by reading lecture notes, materials from seminars and the course book.
ÖvningsuppgifterThis part of the course consists of attendance at the seminars. To most of the seminars there are some preparations you are supposed to do in written form. On one seminar you will make a short oral presentation of a topic. You should preferably make this presentation in groups of two.
UppsatsYou write an essay on an assigned topic. The pdf-file should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than January 14, 2014. This essay will be graded A-F. The final course grade will be an equal weighting of this rating and the exam grade.
Attendance at seminarsYou should participate in all seminars. We are subject in principle to the presence and participation in all workshops. If you, for whatever reason, cannot participate on a particular seminar will, however, be able to make an extra assignment as compensation.
Grading criteriaTo pass the course you must get grade E, D, C, B or A on TEN1, grade P on HEM1 and grade E, D, C, B or A on HEM2. For the different grades we generally require that you should
The final grade is weighed as the mean value of the grades on TEN1 and HEM2.
For grade P on HEM1 we require presence at all seminars (missed the seminar can be recouped by making an extra assignment) and an approved presentation at a seminar and you do all the preparation works.
For grade P on HEM2 we require that the essay is reasonably well written and reasonably related to the practices in this course. Internally is also do a quality rating E-A, The final grade will be an average of the grade on TEN1 and the internal grade on HEM2, given that the grade on HEM1 is P.
ExamThe next opportunity for grade E is January 15, 2014, 10.00 in room 1537. No registration needed. This exam will only last up till one hour. Exam for higher grade is in the afternoon of Jan 15, 2014. There will be time slots for you to book.
EssayHere is your assignment: Essay
ScheduleThe student group will be divided into eight subgroups (G1 - G8). These will be the seminar groups.
The subgroupsWe make a preliminary subdivision based on the first letter in your family name:
Group 1: A - B
Group 2: C - F
Group 3: G - J
Group 4: K - L
Group 5: M - O
Group 6: P - R
Group 7: S
Group 8: T - Ö
Lecture notes and homework