For each of the two or three lab rotations, students are expected to plan and execute a set of experimental tasks, related to the research activity of the group in which they are integrated.
Students are also expected to learn how to present, interpret and discuss the results obtained for each rotation, establishing the relevance of those results in the broader context of the research goals of the group.
Typically (although not compulsory), the students will conduct the research work leading to the thesis in one of the two or three groups where they did one lab rotation. Thus, one important goal of the rotations is to ensure that the students make an informed choice of the research project leading to their master thesis. Students are also expected to gather a broad knowledge of the various techniques and recourses available at the CEDOC/NMS and that can be used for their own research project.
Professor Doutor Paulo de Carvalho Pereira
The teaching is strictly research based and of practical nature. Students are expected to perform a set of interrelated and coherent experimental tasks related to a broader active research project of the group.
For each student, there will be one designated tutor per rotation that will be in charge of supervising the work of the student. The tutor shall meet regularly with the coordinator of the UC and with the coordinator of the course to report on the progress of the student and to resolve any difficulties or constrains that may occur.
The evaluation of the student is based on the assessment of a written report of the lab work done during the rotation (60%) and on a presentation and discussion of that written report (40%) in the broader context of the research project where the student was integrated.
Students will select two or three lab rotations corresponding to two or three different research groups and two or three different research projects. The coordinator of the course will need to approve the rotations selected by the students.
Student will execute a set of experimental tasks corresponding a practical training programme in each lab rotation.
Students are expected to understand, with sufficient detail, the research projects in which they participate. This includes knowing and understanding the hypothesis that underlies the project, the experimental approach used to test the hypothesis and the major outcomes and significance of the results obtained. The students are also expected to be current with the most relevant papers and scientific literature in the area of the rotation as well as to have a broad understating of the main scientific interests of each group where they do a rotation.
Programs where the course is taught: