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Projet de mémoire

academic year

Course teacher(s)

Farid DAHDOUH-GUEBAS (Coordinator)

ECTS credits


Language(s) of instruction


Course content

This field is too short to provide the full tabel of contents. Only the main sections are given below. Please refer to course website for the details. 1.Scientific proposals: 2. Fieldwork, desk work and analysis in scientific research 3. Writing and layout skills 4. Scientific publication 5. Pre- and post-research presentation and defence skills 6. Academic currencies 7. National and international funding

Objectives (and/or specific learning outcomes)

This course aims at teaching students how to find and select essential scientific information to make a scientific presentation (e.g. preparation of research proposal, writing of an assignment, report or thesis, thesis findings to be presented in an international conference), under which form to present methods and results (text, tabulation, illustration and their content and layout) and how to defend them assertively.  It also introduces common standards and practices and explains why it is important to follow them in Sciences. A huge chapter is spent to writing and layout skills and to plagiarism. This course also prepares you for stay within academia (academic career) or for the challenges young graduates face on the employment market (non-academic career).

Upon finalising this course the student should master presentation skills (designed and spoken) and assertiveness in defending own research results. In addition the student should be fully aware of scientific standards and procedures in the career of a scientist or beyond academia.

The evaluation is related to your MSc thesis and is most commonly an evaluation of your written or oral presentation and argumentation skills evidenced at your thesis proposal or final defense. It is not the difficulty or content of your thesis that will be evaluated, but the form and style of presentation and argumentation.

Prerequisites and Corequisites

Required and Corequired knowledge and skills


Courses requiring this course

Teaching methods and learning activities

Interactive lectures and discussions

Contribution to the teaching profile


References, bibliography, and recommended reading

Course entirely based on experience and course material available on the Internet. All information will be given in class.

Other information

Additional information

Certains lectures, exercises, practicals or excursions jointly organised with institutions external to ULB might exceptionnally be organised during weekend or on a public holiday.




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Systems Ecology and Resource Management Research Unit

Unité de Recherche Écologie des Systèmes et Gestion des Ressources

Département de Biologie des Organismes

Faculté des Sciences

Université Libre de Bruxelles - ULB

Campus de la Plaine, (Bureau O3.204)

Avenue F.D. Roosevelt 50, CPi 264/1, B-1050 Bruxelles, Belgium.

Tel. ++ 32 2 6502137

E-mail : fdahdouh@ulb.ac.be

URL : http://www.ulb.ac.be/sciences/biocomplexity/


Prof. Dr. Bruno DANIS

E-mail : bdanis@ulb.ac.be


Plaine, Other campus


Method(s) of evaluation

  • written examination

written examination


Language(s) of evaluation

  • english