Non-disciplinary Competences

Dezember 1, 12:15 – 13:15, HG D 18.1

Non-disciplinary competences increasingly play a role in the design of new curricula and the revision of existing curricula at ETH. These competences enable students to deploy in practice their subject knowledge and the skills they have learned and to master their professional tasks. Students can only practise non-disciplinary competences concurrent to acquiring subject knowledge and skills. The classroom setting should therefore be oriented towards authentic professional and scientific application.

Lenny Winkel works with her students on “reading scientific papers”. She has developed her method for an elective course at D-USYS, describing it as follows: Reading scientific papers helps us understand what has previously been discovered and gives us ideas that help design research, and the knowledge to predict potential outcomes. However, to get the most out of a scientific paper, critical reading is important. A successful approach to critical reading is to tackle a paper as a research project. In this session Lenny Winkel will present some examples and discuss further approaches to teaching students how to read critically.

Carmen Kobe will then present the approach to “skills for creativity and innovation“ deployed in an elective in two D-MAVT Master’s programmes. Here skills are imparted at three levels: presentation and discussion of various theories of creativity and teams; training in personal creativity within the team; and moderation of creative processes in teams. An exercise following the presentation will give participants the opportunity to experience and reflect upon creativity in a team.

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