Philosophy of Science and Good Scientific Practice

Philosophy of Science and Good Scientific Practice

After this course, students possess the scientific working methods and are familiar with the principles of good scientific practice.


Training in good academic practice and scientific methodology

Program / Module

M.Sc. Computational Modeling and Simulation
Module: CMS-SKL - Soft Skills

Winter Term

Lecture: Tuesdays, 5. DS (14:50-16:20) in CRTD, Auditorium Left (Fetscherstr. 105, Campus Johannstadt) / FIRST LECTURE: OCT 15
NO LECTURE ON: OCT 22, 2019.


2 SWS lecture, self-study

2,5 credits


Oral presentation of 15 min in teams.

Oral presentations on: Jan 7, 14, 21, 28, and Feb 4, 2020, 14:50-16:20h

Grade scale:

Grading of the presentations is according to the following criteria:

  • quality of presentation / presentation style
  • quality and correctness of contents
  • creativity
  • response to questions
  • bigger picture, context, own critical analysis and discussion
The following guideline is used for grading:
  • Grade 1: Outstanding presentation, both in contents and quality. Significantly goes above expectations
  • Grade 2: Good presentation as expected for a student at this stage.
  • Grade 3: Presentation with flaws, or hard to understand, or containing wrong statements.
  • Grade 4: Minimal requirements met, but presentation quality and/or contents below expectations.
  • Grade 5: Failed. Presentation entirely un-understandable, or no-show.
For gradation, individual grades can be lowered or raised by 0.3 points (e.g., 1.3 = almost perfect, but not quite). The grades 0.7, 4.3, and 4.7 are not to be used (see exam regulations). All grades above 4.1 are equivalent to a 5.

Exam Review

You have the opportunity to receive feedback on your performance and discuss it in an online exam review session

on Sept 21, 2020, at 9am.

Meeting ID: 820 8358 2747

Passcode: 243428

Participants will be let in one by one in the order of arrival. There is a waiting room for you to log in to until it is your turn.

Registration to the course

For students of the Master program "Computational Modeling and Simulation: via CampusNet SELMA

For students of the Computer Science programs: via jExam


Lecture: Prof. Ivo F. Sbalzarini

Teaching language: ENGLISH

Please find below the lecture syllabus and the handouts:
  • Lecture 1 - What is a model, simulation, etc. Laplace philosophy of science (Slides PDF)
  • Lecture 2 - DFG Rules of good scientific conduct (Slides PDF)
  • Lecture 3 - How to author, cite, and acknowledge (Slides PDF)
  • Lecture 4 - Classes of emergence and scientific discovery (Slides PDF)
  • Lecture 5 - How to write a text, how to give a talk (Slides PDF)
  • Lecture 6 - How to search and survey the literature (Slides PDF)
  • Lecture 7 - Assignment of seminar topics (Slides PDF)
  • Lecture 8 - Exam presentations 1
  • Lecture 9 - Exam presentations 2
  • Lecture 10 - Exam presentations 3
  • Lecture 11 - Exam presentations 4
  • Lecture 12 - Exam presentations 5