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Introductory courses for PhD students at the Chemistry section

The Chemistry Section gives a series of introductory courses for the sections own PhD students every year. The courses are also open to post docs, subject to availability. To join a course or to enquire about further information, please contact the course coordinator.

 

Autumn

1. Teaching chemistry  (2 hp, code KZ41DKE, KB41DKE, KO41001)

Organizers: 
Erik Lindahl, erik.lindahl@dbb.su.se
Jenny Olander, jenny.olander@krc.su.se

2. Philosophy of science and ethics (3 hp, code KZ42DKE, KO41002, KB42DKE)

Spring

3. Writing science (3 hp, code KZ43DKE)

4. Communicating science/Arrhenius seminar (1 hp, code KZ44DKE)

Organizer:
Erik Lindahl, erik.lindahl@dbb.su.se

Administrative support:
Student office at KÖL, chemistry@su.se

The following courses will no longer be given by the Chemistry Section:

  • Laboratory safety
  • First aid, ABC course, Red cross
  • Literature search

1. Teaching chemistry  (2 hp, code KZ41DKE, KB41DKE, KO41001)

The course is designed for PhD students in Chemistry with little or no experience of teaching, and is focused at teaching assignments as assistants leading labs and exercises. It is compulsory for all PhD students at the Chemistry section, as well as PhD students in Analytical Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry at ACES.

Course period 2021:
October, dates to be confirmed

Application deadline:
Seven days before the start of the course.

Course leader: 
Jenny Olander, jenny.olander@krc.su.se

Schedule:
 

2. Philosophy of science and ethics (3 hp, code KZ42DKE, KO41002, KB42DKE)

The course contains lectures by invited speakers, group discussions and written assignments.
It is compulsory for all PhD students at the Chemistry section*.

This course, or the equivalent given by the Section for Earth and Environmental Science, is also compulsory for PhD students in Environmental Chemistry at ACES.

* for PhD students in Organic chemistry admitted from 170701.

Course period 2021:
September, dates to be confirmed.

Participants are required to go through reading material beforehand.

Application deadline:
Seven days before the start of the course.

Schedule

Course leaders: 
Pia Ädelroth (examiner): pia.adelroth@dbb.su.se
Mats Johnsson: mats.johnsson@mmk.su.se
Belén Martín-Matute: belen.martin.matute@su.se

 

3. Writing science (3 hp, code KZ43DKE )

For PhD students in Chemistry

In this course, doctoral students will develop their proficiency in writing scientific articles and reports in English. Topics include:

i) Building an article outline

ii) Writing section-specific topics (experimental section, introduction, results and discussion, conclusions)

iii) Principles of good writing

iv) Writing style.

In addition, the course includes two compulsory practical exercises:

  1. Writing a research proposal
  2. Improving a manuscript. Feedback on the research proposal will be given by a peer and by a lecturer.

The course is compulsory for all PhD students at the Chemistry Section*
* for PhD students in Organic chemistry admitted from 170701.

To sign up, please fill in the form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1WLjvQg1FJrNCF0f5oLNWk4gfakEKB_xNRK3xcaUUATw/edit
Course Organizers and examiners:

Pia Adelroth: pia.adelroth@dbb.su.se
Belén Martin-Matute: belen.martin.matute@su.se

Mats Johansson: mats.johnsson@mmk.su.se

Lecturers

Tamara Church (PhD, Researcher at the Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry)
Gunnar von Heijne (Professor in Biochemistry at Stockholm University)
Francesca Novara (PhD, Senior Associate Editor of Wiley-VCH)
Xiaodong Zou (Professor in Structural Chemistry at Stockholm University)

Course dates                                     

The course takes place once per year in the spring term (ca April - May).

Application

Detailed information will be sent by the course organizers before the course start. 

Expected learning outcomes 

After completing the course, the participants are expected to understand the following:

  • General principles for writing scientific texts
  • How to organize and build up your research article
  • How to communicate science efficiently in a written from
  • How to improve your manuscript
  • How editors handle your scientific article after submission              

Recommended reading

William Strunk Jr., The Elements of Style: The Original Edition
This book can be downloaded as an Ebook from SU library
https://libris.kb.se/bib/6jb6p2lg4np0m5v8

Reference book

ACS Style guide
https://pubs.acs.org/isbn/9780841239999

Examination criteria 

Grading: Pass (G) or Fail (U)
To pass the course, you need to:

  • Participate in all lectures scheduled (If you are absent in more than one lecture, you are encouraged to take the course the following year. Consult always with the organizers if you need to be absent for one lecture) 
  • Write a 1-page project description (only text) and one summary graphic
  • Upload suggestions on the project description of a peer, and meet the peer to discuss the comments 
  • Modify your proposal based on the lecturer´s suggestions and upload the final version
  • Participate in the exercise to improve a manuscript

Assignments (to be uploaded to Athena by the data specified on the schedule)

Click here for assignments.

Schedule

Writing Science 2021, schedule (253 Kb)

4. Communicating science/Arrhenius seminar (1 hp, code KZ44DKE)

This course contains a seminar, presentations, discussions, and a Poster session. It is compulsory for PhD students at MMK, DBB*, and for PhD students in Analytical Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry at ACES.

* except those admitted in Neurochemistry <180101

Course dates 2021:
May, dates to be confirmed.

Application procedure:
 

Application deadline:
Ten days before the course starts.

Course leaders:
Erik Lindahl, erik.lindahl@dbb.su.se

Bifogade filer
  • Writing Science 2021, schedule (253 Kb)
  • Assignments (to be uploaded to Athena by the data specified on the schedule)

    Ideally, the four assignments in this course will help you to produce a concise and well-written summary of your project. Therefore, the work you invest in these assignments should help you to think and write about your research.

    Assignment 1, Project description

    Prepare a description of your project that consists of one page of text, plus one graphical summary. Target your description to a reader who is a chemist, but not necessarily in your field. The contents of your text will depend on the progress of your research project. If you haven’t started your research yet, you can submit an introduction to the project; however, you are welcome to include results if you have them.

    The graphical summary of the project should be in the style of a Table of Contents graphic; it should draw interest and allow the reader to understand the most important point(s) of the work.

    Remember that the goal of this exercise is to improve your ability to explain your work to a reader. Therefore, it is not important that your text or image be perfect, but it is very important that they are your original work.

    ***This assignment must be uploaded in Athena AND emailed to your peer (to be assigned).***

    Assignment 2: Feedback on peer’s description

    You will be assigned a peer in the course. You will read their project description and offer feedback. Consider whether you could easily understand your partner’s work and its importance, and make suggestions about how their description could be improved or clarified. If your partner’s project description was absolutely perfect, tell them what you appreciated about it.
     ***This assignment must be both uploaded to Athena AND emailed to your peer partner.***

    Assignment 3: Updated project description

    Prepare an updated project description that takes into account the suggestions/questions of your peer. You are encouraged to meet with your peer on Zoom to discuss the feedback that you had for one another. Tamara will read and comment on this project description.

    Assignment 4: Final project description

    Upload the final version of your project description that takes into account comments from your peer and from Tamara.
     
     

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