The Scientific Method, MNXA19/SASF10, 7.5hp VT 2019
The students will work in pairs and orally present a short, 20 minute
lecture about a specific part of the course book. The parts are:
Even if the presentations should be based on the course book, but the
students must also include other material (e.g. some of the
suggested additional reading). Everybody
in the audience have read the book, so to catch their attention it is
not enough to just reiterate facts from there. Make sure you find you own
examples to concretise abstractions (everyone have already read the
examples in the book).
- Popper and falsification
- Kuhn and paradigms
- Feyerabend and anarchy
- Bayes' theorem and the evaluation of hypotheses
- What is a law of nature?
- What is natural science
The purpose of these seminars is both to replace the traditional
lectures based on the course book, and to develop the students oral
If you want to use the projector, please make sure there is a laptop
available and that it and your presentation actually works together
with the projector.
The seminars will be assessed by the students themselves. Each
pair of students will be assigned to assess the presentation of
another pair and give oral feedback. For the feedback the students
should consider the following:
Needless to say, the students should consider these points also when
preparing their own presentations, not only when criticising others.
- General: Was the presentation well thought through and
prepared? Was it understandable? Did it catch the interest of the
- Content: Was the selection of material from the course
book relevant? Was other material used? Were the main points clear?
Was the level of abstraction suitable? Were there relevant concrete
examples to make the abstractions understandable? Were these
examples other than those in the book?
- Disposition: Was the contents clear? Was the reasoning
easy to follow? Was there proper and catching introduction? Was
there a proper ending with conclusions and outlook?
- Execution: Was the type of language used suitable? Could
you hear what they said? Did they read verbatim from their notes?
Did they have a clear stage presence or were they hiding? Did they
look the audience in the eye? Were there pictures or examples to
help the audience to remember? How well did they use the
Please give positive feedback. If there is negative critique,
focus on suggestions for how to improve.
The seminars will be presented on Monday the 11th of
February 13-17, and on Tuesday the 12th of February 13-17 in the Theory Lab.
Both the presentations and the feedback are compulsory parts of the course.
Detailed seminar schedule for VT19
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