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Methodology of Scientific Creativity

Major – Technology of Transport Facilities

Qualification (degree) – Master

Course modules (units, topics):

The course consists of the following units and topics:

1. Introduction.

Topics: Organization of academic research work in the Russian Federation. National policy in the scientific area. System of training and employment of scientific-and-technological human resources. Role of a scientific school and academic advising. Organization of academic research work at industrial enterprises and higher educational institutions.

2. Scientific knowledge structure.

Topics: Conceptual and operational approach to creative work; interrelation of the value and scientific technique of spiritual creation of the world.  Classification and structure of scientific papers.  Choosing a research area. Relevancy criteria of scientific papers. Main stages of academic research work.

3. Structure of creative work

Topics: Motivation and methodology of creative work. Methods used at theoretical and empirical research levels. Analysis and synthesis. Abstraction. Ranking. Idealization. Formal characterization. Experiment and experimental-analytical method. Stages of defining a working hypothesis. Use of modern methods to improve a research plan.

4. Creative work as a process

Topics: Academic and creative tasks and their use for the development of creativity in a personality.  Strategy and tactics of an experiment. Classification of scientific-and-technological experiments. Information technologies in research. Automated research systems (ARS, experiment automation system).

5. Implementation forms of the results of creative work

Topics: Rational form of representation of the research results. Scientific report. Research article. Report and scientific statement. Display material and equipment. Reviewing and opponency of a scientific paper. Patentability assessment of research work. Formula of invention. State system and implementation forms. Estimation methods of research work effectiveness.


  1. Teacher-led group activities in a classroom;
  2. Extracurricular self-study of the teacher’s assignments and tasks, including the use of educational facilities (obligatory);
  3. Tutorials.

Total – 108 hours

Total credit points – 3

Lectures – 18

Practicals – 36/8И

Midterm assessment – pass/fail examination

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