GE 690: Academic Preparation for Doctoral Students
This zero-credit required course aims to contribute to the preparation of doctoral students for their academic careers. GE 690 has two components. One is to acquire practice in teaching through activities such as lab assistance, classroom teaching, proctoring exams, and grading assignments.
The second component includes a series of independent modules that are offered or activities that can be participated in during the course of PhD studies. This component aims to contribute to the preparation of doctoral students for their academic careers. It includes a series of independent modules that are offered or activities that can be participated in throughout the academic year. To that end, the University will be offering a series of workshops, short courses, and seminars in the Fall and Spring semesters.
All doctoral students are required to participate in a set of activities before they graduate. The participation in this set of activities will contribute towards the completion of the required course GE 690. Each student is expected to keep a file that will be her/his personal “Academic Preparation” portfolio to maintain a record of the activities for personal use.
GE 690 activities consist of a series of modules. The modules are independent of each other. Each student is required to participate in each module. Some modules will be offered in the Fall semester, others in the Spring semester. Some, but not all, may be repeated each semester. You are strongly advised to take a particular module as soon as it is offered – there may or may not be another opportunity soon. You are required to participate in each module once and only once during your doctoral studies. Please follow the WEB site for more up-to-date information.
GE 690 Seminars Scheduled for Spring 2016 Semester
Each doctoral student who expects to graduate before June 2016 is required to participate in all five offered up-to that date. Exemption from a module is only possible under a reasonable circumstance and is granted upon the student’s request to the Department Chair and the written approval of the Supervisor/Department Chair and the Director of the related Graduate Institute.
Modules I, II, IV and V are organized by the Provost Office. Module III is to be organized by the student herself/himself together with her/his department. Modules I, II A, and IV B are scheduled during Spring 2016.
How to register:
Log in to SRS (http://stars.bilkent.edu.tr/srs) and use the “GE690” link under Services top menu item to register. Please, e-mail Ms. Birgül Bulut at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions.
Spring 2016 Modules
MODULE I: “Academic Ethics and Integrity” by Prof. Abdullah Atalar
MODULE II A) : “Basics of Effective University Teaching” by Dr. Emrah Özensoy
This presentation aims to introduce strategies for engaging students to their courses as effective listeners, readers, thinkers, and writers. In addition to suitable syllabus and assignment designs, these strategies describe ways to improve students’ motivation, active learning, and critical thinking in a challenging class environment.
Time & Place: April 21st Thursday, 13:40-15:30, at Mithat Çoruh Amphitheatre, Faculty of Engineering
MODULE III: Participation at seminars/presentations regularly held by Departments and Faculties
This module requires the students participation in a set of research seminars and/or scholarly talks and presentations regularly held by the student’s own department or another department of his/her choice. Students most probably already attend such seminars/talks. The total number of seminars/talks to be attended is to be decided by the Department. One model could be a total of four seminars/talks, two per semester. Departments can decide to require fewer or more.
To be arranged by the student herself/himself together with the Departments.
MODULE IV B): “Research Impact for Sciences and Engineering” by Prof. Nesim Erkip
How to generate impact in the field? How can you make your voice heard and your findings visible? How to publish not to perish? Where to publish? What should you expect from the publication process? Why should I care for an extended research family when I am happy with my nucleus research family? How to become part of the international research family? This module will explore these issues and many other related questions.
Time & Place: April 14th, Thursday, 13:40-15:00, at Mithat Çoruh Amphitheatre, Faculty of Engineering
Any doctoral student can participate in Module IV A. Another version of this module entitled “Research Impact for Social Sciences and Related Fields” is usually planned for Fall 2016.