The course is graded and the final grade will be determined roughly by the following weighting based of three components.
- Homeworks: 80%
- Class preparation: 10%
- Class participation: 10%
- Class preparation: each student needs to read the assigned paper for each class (before the class!). This does not have to be a deep thorough reading (although that is the best), however, it must be sufficient to be familiar with the topic covered in the paper. Having said that, reading of the course material is essential component of the course, and keeping up with the readings will be expected. To facilitate this, each student has to submit (before the class by E-learning Dropbox) and also bring to class a copy of a max half-a-page summary sheet. On this sheet, four items need to be presented in an itemized manner: a) one-two sentences about the gist of the paper, b) a single idea/result/methodological trick that was the most interesting, c) the list of topics, notions, equations that the student did not understand or did not agree with, d) at least one question that s/he wants to clarify based on the study that defines the next step in the research. During the class students will be asked to present their summary and the question, which will be discussed in class. Students will be expected to reach and present an answer to their question by the end of the class.
- Class participation: This is a small, seminar-style course with the goal of understanding each topics in depth. It is essential that the class formed a coherent view on the covered topics by the end of the semester. To achieve this, we expect a highly interactive and critical discussing during classes. Passive absorbance of presented information is not highly valued.
- Homeworks: Homeworks will have to be submitted before the beginning of each class.
Required Materials: All course material, PDFs of the reading and codes will be provided