Department of Mathematics

Guidelines for seminar on a self-selected topic (MAT930) and trial lecture

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Seminar on self-selected topic (MAT930)

The seminar over a self-chosen topic is an optional element in the dissemination part of the PhD study plan (part 2). It is rewarded 1 credit under the course code MAT930. The seminar will be evaluated by a committee of two members of the permanent scientific staff at the department. The seminar is graded by the scale passed/failed.

Candidates who want to give a seminar are welcome to submit the proposal for a topic three weeks in advance of the proposed date for the seminar. The candidate and his/her main supervisor must schedule the seminar and the main supervisor is responible for finding a committee. The seminar should be announced 2 weeks prior the seminar.

The candidate's talk should last 45 minutes. The committee will have the opportunity to ask questions afterwards.


Trial Lecture

The trial lecuture is held after the thesis has been submitted and at least three weeks before the defence. The topic will be published to the candidate 10 working days (two weeks) ahead of the lecture date.

The trial lecture is evaluated by a committee of three members of the department permanent scientific staff, where the comittee chair is the internal member of the PhD defence committee. The lecture has no course code, but will be evaluated passed or failed.

The UiB regulations for the trial lecture: Section 14-1 Trial lecture


Guidelines for Trial lecture (and seminar on self-selected topic):

The official regulations from the faculty: The trial lecture should last for one period (45 min). When evaluating the lecture the assessment committee must emphasize both the professional content and the candidate’s ability to pass on knowledge. If the assessment committee does not approve the trial lecture, the candidate will be allowed a second attempt. The assessment committee should, if they do not approve the lecture, provide the candidate with clear instruction on how to improve the second lecture. A new date for the trial lecture (and eventually the defense) should then be decided upon. The second trial lecture must be evaluated by the same assessment committee and have the same theme, and it has to be arranged no later than 10 working days (2 weeks) days after the first trial lecture.

The research education committee at the Department of Mathematics has agreed upon these additional guidelines:The first part of the trial lecture should always consist of an introduction of the theme and it should be understandable for master students in the same area of research. The second part can me more specialized and technical. The research education committee would advise that the seminar in a self-chosen topic could be more technical compared with the trial lecture. The candidate should in the trial lecture focus more on passing on knowledge for a wider audience. The research education committee would like to emphasize that the main idea behind both lectures (seminar and trial lecture) are that the candidate take his/her responsibility as a knowledge transmitter seriously in light of their audience.