The course "Being a researcher (in Information Science and Technology)" offered by Politecnico di Milano is a valuable resource for students and early career researchers seeking to understand the multifaceted world of scientific research. Spanning a wide range of topics, it delves into the historical development of scientific thought, research methodology, publication pragmatics, funding, evaluation, career progression, and the ethical dimensions of research. The course primarily focuses on the field of Information and Communication Science and Technology, making it particularly beneficial for those interested in this domain. Whether you are a novice researcher, a senior professional in a mentoring role, or simply intrigued by the inner workings of scientific research, this course offers indispensable insights and knowledge.
The course content is thoughtfully structured to cover essential aspects of research, including the historical evolution of research, methodological approaches, the process of publication, researcher roles and career advancement, research evaluation techniques, and ethical considerations. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of research methodology, publication dynamics, and ethical practices, which are integral to thriving in the research domain.
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The course modules cover a wide array of topics including research and its context, methodology, products of research, researcher's progress, research evaluation, and research ethics, offering comprehensive insights for aspiring researchers.
Week 1 - Research and its context: This module provides an introduction to the course, delving into the essence of science and scientific research, their evolution, and their impact on society. Participants will gain insights into the interplay between research, innovation, and public engagement, setting the stage for the subsequent modules.
Week 2 - Research Methodology: In this module, participants will explore research methodology, delving into the historical perspective of the scientific method, lessons learned from the history of science, scientific discoveries, and the validation of research results. This foundational understanding of research methodology is crucial for aspiring researchers.
Week 3 - The products of research: publications and beyond: This module focuses on research diffusion, guiding participants through the process of writing a research paper, peer review, different forms of research diffusion, and the evolving landscape of open access. Understanding the dynamics of research dissemination is vital for researchers seeking to amplify the impact of their work.
Week 4 - The researcher's progress: Participants will explore the various stages of a researcher's career in this module, from gauging their suitability for research to acquiring essential skills and progressing towards becoming independent researchers. This module provides valuable insights for individuals embarking on a research career.
Week 5 - Evaluating research: This module delves into the intricate process of evaluating research, covering the assessment of researchers throughout their careers and the quantitative evaluation of research through bibliometrics. Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the evaluation processes pivotal to the research domain.
Week 6 - Research ethics: In this final module, participants will explore the ethical dimensions of research, including general principles, pragmatic considerations, and ethical questions specific to various research topics. This module equips participants with essential knowledge to navigate the ethical complexities inherent in research.
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