Rovira y Virgili
Educational guide 
School of Chemical Engineering
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Nanoscience, Materials and Processes: Chemical Technology at the Frontier
Topic Sub-topic
1 Course objectives. Research project Overview of this course's objectives and syllabus. How these objectives fit in your program. What characteristics define research. Approaching research. Defining scientific objectives.
2 Reviewing the technical literature Why is it necessary? How much knowledge of the prior art is needed before defining a research objective? Searching relevant literature (scholar works, patents): tools and considerations. Organizing and digesting information.
3 Assessing the technical literature Introduction to scientometrics and science of science. Impact metrics.
4 Scientific integrity Responsible conduct in research. Mentoring. Collaborative research and authorship.
5 Intellectual Property (IP) protection Ownership of data and intellectual property. IP clauses in contracts. University procedures. Ethics and societal aspects.
6 Project planning and execution Considerations while planning your project. Resources, objectives, tasks, Gantt charts. Roadblocks. SMART goals.
7 Project team communication Team culture. Commitment model. Meetings. Brainstorming. Communication. Information management. Laboratory notebooks. Digital record keeping, work flows.
8 Oral presentations primer Scenic fear. First steps in preparing an oral presentation. Slides as a support, not an end. Handling questions.
9 Technical writing Before writing: Defining your contribution. Where to begin: Constraints and stylistic tools. Structure. Language: Being precise, being clear, being forthright, being familiar, being concise, being fluid. Illustration. Importance of the title and the abstract. Authorship and peer review.