The course offers a broad foundation for PhD students in physics and applied physics regarding subject knowledge, ethical and equality perspectives in research, and the PhD student's role in society.
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Content and learning outcomes
The course consists of five modules
1. Research ethics and the role of research in society
2. Critical review and evaluation
3. Broad knowledge in physics
5. Equality, diversity, and equal treatment aspects in physics
The modules can be completed in several ways such that the course can be taken within the framework of the different traditions within the Physics and Applied Physics subjects at KTH.
In order to collect a large part of the conference in a structured manner, a physics conference for PhD students is arranged biannually. At this conference, the PhD students may present their work and broaden their subject knowledge.
Intended learning outcomes
With this course as well as other courses taken during the PhD studies, the thesis work, and dissertation, the formal requirements for the PhD degree should be satisfied. Upon completion of the course, the student should:
• show broad knowledge within physics and a systematic understanding of the subject
• show the ability to analyze and summarize research, perform independent critical review, and assess new issues and situations
• show intellectual independence, scientific honesty, and the ability to perform assessments within research ethics
• show deepened insight regarding the possibilities and limitations of science, its role in society, and people's responsibility for how it is used with specific focus on sustainability issues
• show the ability to clearly present and discuss research and research results with both experts and in a popular scientific manner
• show knowledge and awareness regarding questions within research ethics
• show awareness of aspects regarding equality, diversity, and equal treatment within the physics subject and its history
The course is taken continuously during the PhD studies in order to secure progression, which means that students are passed once all course modules have been completed. The modules test specific course aims and can be completed in different ways. It is up to the examiner to decide whether an activity satisfies the requirements for a specific module. Examples of how the modules can be completed
are given below:
1) Research ethics and the role of research in society
* Active participation in a module course
2) Critical review and evaluation
* Active participation in a journal club
* Act as pre-opponent for another PhD student's dissertation
* Peer review of an article for an internationally well renown journal
3) Broad knowledge in physics
* Active participation in the physics conference for PhD students at KTH
* Active participation in physics colloquia or similar
4) The presentation module has two branches (a- scientific och b- popular)
* a- Presentation at a national or international conference or workshop
* a- Scientific technical presentation at the physics conference for PhD students at KTH
* b- Popular scientific presentation of own research at the physics conference for PhD students at KTH
* b- Popular scientific presentation in society (high school, outreach activity, etc)
5) Equality, diversity, and equal treatment aspects in physics
* Active participation in equality, diversity, and equal treatment within phycis meeting or other JML activity within the departments of Physics and Applied physics
Literature and preparations
Admitted to doctoral studies in either of the subjects Physics or Applied physics
Examination and completion
If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.
- INL1 - Hand-in assignments, 9.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.
The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.
Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination
Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination
- All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
- In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
- In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.
Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.Course web FSH3900