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Elements of scientific work

Code: 44021
ECTS: 5.0
Lecturers in charge: doc. dr. sc. Karmen Fio Firi
Lecturers: doc. dr. sc. Karmen Fio Firi - Practicum
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All teaching activities will be held in Croatian. However, foreign students in mixed groups will have the opportunity to attend additional office hours with the lecturer and teaching assistants in English to help master the course materials. Additionally, the lecturer will refer foreign students to the corresponding literature in English, as well as give them the possibility of taking the associated exams in English.

1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 30
Practicum 15
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
Knowledge and scientific research. Information. Motives. Creativity and freedom.
Scientific publications. Organization of a scientific paper. Primary and other publications. Bibliographic reference. How to find scientific information.
The character of the observation. Recording observations. Role of experience and school. The necessity of being informed of the most recent publications. Critical reading.
Why publish? Producing a manuscript for a scientific paper. Review process. Revision. Oral presentation. Poster presentation.
Induction and deduction. Problem, hypothesis, theory. Paradigm and normal science. Falsification. Anarchistic theory. Historical, social and personal factors.
Specific aspects of scientific approach in geosciences.
Conditions for scientific work. Evaluation in science. Competence, elite, democracy. Industry and science. Ph. D. Thesis. Scientific project. Scientific policy.

Learning outcomes:

Achievement of specific knowledge on the subject and competences which are necessary for: 1) participation in scientific research, 2) writing research project proposals, formulating a hypothesis, 3) gathering and evaluating literature data, usage of data bases, 4) writing reports and research papers, editing, 5) presentation of research results at meetings, 6) successful evaluation of research data, 7) learning hierarchy in science, and understanding of science policies.
  1. Cochran W., Fenner P. & Hill M. (1979): Geowriting: a guide to writing, editing, and printing in earth sciences. American Geological Institute, Falls Church, 1-80.
  2. Heron D. (1986): Figuratively speaking. Techniques for preparing and presenting a slide talk. The American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Tulsa, 1-110.
  3. O'Connor M. & Woodford F.P. (1978): Writing Scientific Papers in English. An ELSE-Ciba Foundation Guide for Authors. Pitman Medical, 1-108.
  4. Sinderman C.J. (2001): Winning the games scientists play. Strategies for Enhancing Your Career in Science, Perseus Publishing, 1-290.
  5. Snider R. & Lamer K. (2009): The Art of Being a Scientist. A Guide for Graduate Students and their Mentors. Cambridge Univ. Press., 1-286.
  6. Zanders E. & Macleod L. (2010): Presentation Skills for Scientists. Cambridge Univ. Press. 1-68.
  7. Boyle, J. & Ramsay, S (2017): Writing for Science Students. Palgrave, London. 206 str.
  8. Silobrčić. V. (1998): Kako sastaviti, objaviti i ocijeniti znanstveno djelo. Medicinska naklada, Zagreb, 168 str.
  9. Zelenika, R. (1998): Metodologija i tehnologija izrade znanstvenog i stručnog dijela. Ekonomski fakultet Sveučilišta u Rijeci, Rijeka, 782 str.
  10. Gačić, M. (2017): Pisanje u znanosti i struci. Narodne novine, Zagreb.
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Consultations schedule:
  • doc. dr. sc. Karmen Fio Firi:

    For consultations related to course enrollment or additional information during the semester, please contact: karmen.fio@geol.pmf.hr

    Location: 019 GPZ
  • doc. dr. sc. Karmen Fio Firi:

    For consultations related to course enrollment or additional information during the semester, please contact: karmen.fio@geol.pmf.hr

    Location: 019 GPZ