This lecture aims to help students discover their interest in scientific procedures and critical thinking, based on ideas of cognitive science and scientific philosophy. Inquisitiveness, the use of logic and analytical thinking are the main focus of the lectures.

The newly discovered techniques will then be applied to practical problems of professional and social daily life, such as the reception of real or perceived facts and the handling of conflicting information. This will also include the use of a critical, scientific approach in the area of research and innovation.

The lecture will:

  1. Explain basic concepts of scientific thinking and practice

  2. Raise the awareness for the limits of perception and memory

  3. Help transfer these ideas into the work environment

  4. Deepen the understanding using practical exercises

The lecture was developed in cooperation between Diana Menschig and Michael Valkenberg and can be given in English or German. It was held for the first during the winter semester 2011/12 at the faculty of aerospace technology of the University of Applied Sciences Aachen (FH Aachen).

Diana Menschig has a degree in psychology and is a certified instructor according to the German "Ausbildereignungsverordnung (AEVO) der IHK". She has several years of work experience in human resources and worked as lecturer and trainer in the areas of job applications, career counseling and start ups, as well as communication and self-presentation since 2009.

Dr. Michael Valkenberg holds a PhD in chemistry and worked for several years as a freelance research consultant for small and medium-sized businesses. Between 2005 and 2011 he was deputy director of the institute for Chemical Technology and Heterogeneous Catalysis at RWTH Aachen University.


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