Science Methodology – Understanding the Principles of Scientific Research
A course for students in natural sciences
Dr. Victor Gijsbers (Institute of Philosophy), (firstname.lastname@example.org)
During the BSc and MSc education students learn lots of scientific facts, but do they know how science works? In this course the basic principles of the methodology used in the natural sciences are taught. The aim is to let the student contemplate concepts like ‘truth’, ‘experiments’, ‘models’, ‘confirmation/falsification’, and to make the student aware of the limitations of the ability to make objective observations and judge theories impartially. Current practices, like the mechanisms of research funding, the ‘publish or perish’ dogma, the importance of impact factors, and issues concerning fraud and integrity will also be discussed.
The course is meant for MSc and PhD students in any of the natural sciences who are performing scientific research projects. It will consist of lectures and discussions.
Examination consists of mandatory participation in class, and two essays.
The aim is to let the student comtemplate concepts like ‘truth’, ‘experiments’, ‘models’, ‘confirmation/falsification’ and make the student aware of the limitations of the ability to make objective observations.
Mode of instruction
Lectures and discussions
February 8th – March 23rd: Mondays 15h30 – 17h15
Co-ordinator: Prof. Dr. Marcellus Ubbink (Institute of Chemistry) Tel: 071-5274628, E-mail: email@example.com