& scientific communication
- How can engineering students be encouraged to improve their professional communication skills?
- How can engineering research become a more visible and integral part of the curriculum?
- How can undergraduate research become more visible outside the lab and outside the classroom?
As an answer to these questions, we have designed a Master course called “Engineering Conferences”, which simulates the publication process of a “real” engineering conference. The students take their Bachelor thesis as a starting point and extract a paper and a poster presentation from their existing research experience. In addition to some faculty institutes, which can provide a professional research environment in terms of a research community on their own, we try to establish a platform for scientific communication for all Master students (approx. 60/year)
The course concept and outline is best described by the working instruction for the full semester:
- take your bachelor thesis as a starting point
- re-visit your thesis as research and relate it to research in the relevant scientific community
- condense, compress and compile the main arguments of the thesis , consider related work, and produce a paper
- walk through a simulated publication process from abstract over paper submission and peer review to poster presentation in the form of a mock-up conference
- go public: present your work at the poster presentation day held in public on campus
Distinctive features of the course compared to other approaches to teach scientific communication:
- It has a storyline (conference preparation) with a public finish (presentation day).
- It engages the students as researchers, turning the publication of their thesis into a project.
- It is mandatory for all master students of the faculty.
- It is delivered by teachers/researchers from within the faculty, i.e. from “engineering native speakers”.
- It can easily be copied and integrated into any STEM curriculum (please refer to the original course).
If you are interested or have any questions,
please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
T. Zielke, M. Neef, C. Fussenecker: Teaching Engineering Conferences. Canadian Engineering Education Association Conference (CEEA17). Toronto/Canada, June 2017
(click here for full text on ResearchGate)
M. Neef, T. Zielke, C. Fussenecker: Engineering Conferences - An Innovative Course for Master Students in Engineering. Exploring Teaching for Active Learning in Engineering Education (ETALEE 2017). Odense/DK, May 2017
(click here for full text on ReserachGate)
M. Neef, C. Fussenecker, J. Niemann, T. Zielke: Publish Your Undergraduate Research! A Mandatory Course for Master Students in Engineering. 46th SEFI Annual Conference, Copenhagen/DK, September 2018
(click her for full text on ResearchGate)