This course is designed to promote discussion and thought about the way in which physics research is conducted in an academic environment, and about how contentious issues such as those about intellectual property and about the reliability or reproducibility of results can be assessed.
This involves not only legal requirements, but also questions about what is expected within the scientific community.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
This will be a seminar, which will inolve discussions centered on presentations on particular issues by the instructor or by other participants.
Some experience working in a research group is helpful.
Class assignments and grading
Exploration of particular topics using not only assigned reading, but also search of available library and web-based resources. At least one oral or written presentation must be made during the quarter.
There are no grades, but satisfactory participation in the activities of the course is required for credit.