2019-2020 / DOCU0459-1

Documentation training and preparation to the final thesis

Bibliographic research

Application to oceanography

Duration

Bibliographic research : 20h Mon. WS
Application to oceanography : 15h Mon. WS

Number of credits

 Master in oceanography (120 ECTS)5 crédits 

Lecturer

Bibliographic research : Ninfa Greco
Application to oceanography : Aida Alvera Azcarate, Serge Scory

Coordinator

Ninfa Greco

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January

Schedule

Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Bibliographic research

The objective is to supervise students in looking for a relevant bibliography for the realisation of the master's final study.
The course starts with an overview of the methods for computer-based bibliographic search. The students will be presented with the main biology bibliographic databases and a software for the management of their bibliographic references. Attention will be drawn to ethical rules (no plagiarism). Then the students will perform their own bibliographic research. 

Application to oceanography

The students will be also presented with some of the main oceanographic databases, which can be used to extract data to support the hypothesis of their final work and to compare with their own data.
The "data lifecycle" question will be addressed, in order to familiarise the student with the concepts of data collection, validation, prreservation and dissemination. The international context and legal framework will be also addressed.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Bibliographic research

The student will be able to:

  • Determine the main points that need to be supported with the help of bibliography
  • Select the appropriate bibliographic datasets
  • Perform a computer-based bibliographic research and access the full text of the necessary references
  • Combine the bibliographic information with other sources of information
  • Sort the information in terms of their quality and pertinence to their work.
  • Computer-based management of their bibliography
  • Prepare a well-organised written summary of their bibliographic researches and an oral presentation
  • Avoid plagiarism

Application to oceanography

The first objective is to know the different databases that are available in oceanography.
A review of the main web-based databases for each discipline (physical, chemical, biological oceanography...) will be done. A few requests will be made in these webpages in order to encounter different interfaces. The importance of metadata will be explained.
The second objective is to assimilate the basic concepts for a profesionnal management of marine research data, from a producer or data manager point of view.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Bibliographic research

  • Passive knowledge of scientific English
  • The students must have read and understood the course materials from "Formation à l'exploitation des ressources documentaires", given by Ninfa Greco in B3 biology

Application to oceanography

Most databases are available through webpages , so a basic knowledge of a browser is needed. Other necessary concepts will be introduced during the lessons.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Bibliographic research

After an introduction and theoretical backgrounds largely in response to requests from the students, they perform their own researches with a computer.

Application to oceanography

Theoretic concepts will be given at the same time that practical applications are performed. Specific requests will be asked to the students, in order to address any difficulties the students may encounter.
The "data lifecycle" concept and its place within the international frame (mainly European) will be adressed from the theoretical point of view. The students will then develop a data management plan based on specific projects.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

Bibliographic research

Tutorials about bibliographic tools are available on e-Campus. The teacher answers questions from students and helps them to overcome their difficulties. The students should adopt a proactive attitude.

Application to oceanography

Face-to-face lessons. These are tutorials. The teachers answer questions from students and help them to overcome their difficulties. The students should adopt a proactive attitude.

Recommended or required readings

Bibliographic research

As a reminder, lesson materials of the course "Formation à l'exploitation des ressources documentaires" (B3) are available in ecampus.
More references :

  • Antonia Maria, Baschwitz Bertrand. 2010. Comment me documenter? Bruxelles: De Boeck. 185p. (Guides pratiques: former et se former).
  • Pochet Bernard, 2015. Comprendre et maitriser la littérature scientifique. Gembloux : Presses agronomiques de Gembloux. Online. Version du 2 août 2018. http://hdl.handle.net/2268/186181
  • University of Liege. 2017. Plagiarism? Not for me! A short guide for University of Liege Students. https://www.enseignement.uliege.be/upload/docs/application/pdf/2017-07/plagiarism_-_not_for_me.pdf

Application to oceanography

Course materials are available at http://modb.oce.ulg.ac.be/mediawiki/index.php/Documentation_Oceanography

Assessment methods and criteria

Bibliographic research

The students must present a written report, preferably sent by e-mail to N.Greco@uliege.be. This report must be sent 3 working days before the oral exam. The oral exam takes about 30 minutes: 15 minutes of oral presentation and 15 minutes of questions and answers.

Application to oceanography

The students will present a written report addressing the approach used to obtain data for the realisation of their Master's final work. A data management plan will be included. The report will be also presented orally.

Work placement(s)

Bibliographic research

None

Application to oceanography

None

Organizational remarks

Bibliographic research

The part "bibliographical research" is taught weeks 3, 5, 7, 10 and 11, on Monday from 14:00 to 18:00, at B7a (computer room). 
Students' username and password are required to acceed the set of electronic tools.

Application to oceanography

A series of 3-4 lessons of about 3 hours will be given, inmediately following the bibliography part (i.e. during the first quadrimester).

Contacts

Bibliographic research

Ninfa Greco
N.Greco@uliege.be

Application to oceanography

Databases: Aida Alvera: A.Alvera@uliege.be