This course consists of two modules. The first module is "Research Topics and Academic Writing" and the second module is "Professional skills". Each module offers distinct learning goals:
Research Topics and Academic writing module: At the end of this module, the student will
- have learned different research methodologies in AI.
- have learned how to formulate research questions in AI.
- be able to critically read and evaluate academic articles.
- be able to translate theory into a practical framework, algorithm, or computational model.
Professional skills module: At the end of this module the students
- have learned how to write better academic English and
- have learned how to evaluate their own writing and that of others.
- have gained a better overview of the professional work field for AI
- have learned about the non-technical skills needed for an AI and ML engineer in the professional work field.
- know about teamwork and communication techniques in the workplace.
- have learned about project management and time management.
- have gained better communication and interaction skills and
- have learned how to overcome conflicts at the workplace.
- have better insight into team dynamics.
Lectures and workgroups in the 1st module (mostly during the first quarter) will prepare the students for academic writing and research. in the lectures, the students will be introduced to the art of academic writing. They will be introduced to the differences between and the challenges of writing different kinds of documents, including: shorter and longer research articles, grant proposals, CVs, reviews, and letters to the editor. In the meantime, during the workgroup activities, the students explore a variety of topics and methodologies in AI. They will be introduced to five different research themes and have the possibility of discussing the topic and methodologies with the guest lecturers. Students then will subscribe to one of the AI research themes and will have an active discussion on new research ideas. At the end of the 1st module, each group of students will write a research proposal in the field of AI. Close attention should be paid to the embedding of the research into existing literature, the rationale of the research and consistency of argumentation, the formulation of research questions and hypotheses, and the design of a proper methodology. The proposals will then be reviewed by the other students following the course and the teachers. Students will revise their sample on the basis of these reviews. They will then send in the rewritten sample with a “letter to the editor” explaining how they have dealt with the issues raised by their reviewers.
The core content in the 2nd module (mostly during the second quarter) is professional skills and is mainly focused on outside academia. During the lectures, the students will be introduced to the recruitment procedures for jobs in the industry and learn about working in various non-academic jobs such as working in big companies, start-ups, non-profit and government organizations, and in various fields of AI applications. They will also learn about team dynamics, project management, and time management. The course will also contain an introduction and training in 21st-century skills. The students have the chance of practicing these methods and skills in their course assignments and also the projects and assignments of the parallel courses. At the end of the 2nd period, each individual student will write a reflection report on their vision of a future career, the skills they have learned, and how these skills contributed to their activities including the assignments of this course and other courses in the period.
In order to pass the course, students must obtain at least 60% of the scores and have passed all the fail/pass assignments. Moreover, the students cannot miss more than 50% of lectures and 50% of the workgroup sessions.
- Active participation 10%, including participating in lectures and workgroups/workshops and handing in all the formative assignments.
- Group research proposals 40%, no minimum grade (no retake, the proposal will be graded after revision)
- Presentation of research proposal 10%, no minimum grade (no retake)
- Review report: fail/pass (communicated through Brightspace, retake possible)
- Letter to reviewers: fail/pass (communicated through Brightspace, retake possible)
- Personal reflection report 40%, no minimum grade (retake possible)
Grading for each part is registered in Brightspace, only the final grade is published in Osiris.
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