The Scientific Method, MNXA19/SASF10, 7.5hp VT 2019
Interviews with active researchers
In small groups (2-3) the students find two or three active researchers and interview them about the way they do their research. A summary and analysis of these interviews are then presented in a short report.
Preparation: The group finds two or three active researchers willing to be interviewed. Any field of research is allowed, and the researched need not necessarily be working at Lund University. Please discuss the choice of researchers with the course responsible before approaching them. A list of questions should be written down and be submitted to Canvas and will be peer-reviewed by another group.
Report: The result and analysis of the interviews should be presented in a report of around six pages (20 000 characters) written jointly by the students. The reports should be organised as follows:
The report must be written entirely by the students. Quotes from other sources are allowed as long as they are marked clearly with a proper reference. Any suspicion of plagiarism will be reported to the Vice Chancellor.
The reports will be reviewed by the students themselves. Every group of students will be assigned another group's report to review and give feedback. This will be done in two steps. First a near-final draft of the report is sent to the reviewers who will respond with written feedback. Then the reviewers will present and discuss the final report with all students, giving further feedback to the authors and allowing them to respond. In this discussion session the reviewers should also comment in the authors response to the original feedback. In preparation for the discussion session, all students should read all reports, at least cursorily, to be able to contribute to the discussions.
The interviews, the report and the feedback are compulsory parts of the course.