9/10 IIE Survival Tips

How to make your (remaining) year(s) at the IIE, NCU more rewarding:

  • Think/act independently; answer to yourself.
  • Face your weaknesses; conquer them.
  • Stick together, and help one another.
  • Leverage School/University resources.

[lawecon] 6/18-19 Term paper presentations

I. Class meeting time: 10 am

II. Important notes:

  • The order of presentations will be decided by drawing at the beginning on Tuesday.
  • Each should prepare a 5-min. English summary of your paper, to be presented either at the start or the end of your presentation.
  • The reviewer is expected to examine the research questions, the assumptions (explicit or hidden), the analytical models of the paper, as well as the strength and weakness of its arguments. You’re the reviewer; be critical.
  • The reviewer should also look out for improper copy-pasting from other people’s works, inaccurate citations, and poor formatting jobs.
  • All are expected to read everyone else’s paper, in addition to the one you review. This is your last chance to shore up your participation score.
  • Learn to take good control of your time. Highlight your main arguments when time is short, and elaborate when time permits.
  • Each session lasts 1:20 or so. (see the time allocation table below).

III. Order of Presentations: to be decided via lottery when we convene on Tuesday.

IV. Pairing (click name for paper):

presenter reviewer
陳筠涵 張芝寧
郝玉媛 王治中
劉耀夫 卓冠儒
李思萱 王芮
張芝寧 林暐洋
林暐洋 郝玉媛
卓冠儒 李思萱
王治中 劉耀夫
王芮 陳筠涵

V. Time Allocation:

presentation 25 min.
review 10 min.
open discussion 15 min.
author’s final response 10 min.
moderator’s time 15 min.

[Seminar] 5/14 Thesis Presentation

Some Observations & Comments:

  • Pretty good overall. Congratulations!
  • Don’t forget to add proper title to the name of your faculty advisor.
  • Properly handle English punctuation marks and leading/subsequent spaces. E.g., there should be a space between an English word and subsequent left bracket, as in: Porter (1992) or Porter (波特).
  • Time management still an issue.
  • No laundry list when time is short.
  • Don’t be shy. Highlight your main findings/contributions/arguments.
  • At least you should know the field (prior research) well, even if your thesis has nothing worth highlighting.
  • Don’t forget you’re the expert in the room.
  • A Challenge: can you present just as well in English?
  • Final reminder: you don’t have to do this if you are not ready to graduate yet.

[Seminar] 3/26 English Proposals

Some Observations & Comments:

  • Write names properly: Ming-Li Wang or Wang, Ming-Li.
  • Your name should be the first name on the slide.
  • Don’t omit the title of your faculty advisor.
  • Don’t use Chinese fonts (標楷體 e.g.) for English text; it’s ugly.
  • Define your research questions clearly.
  • Make proper highlights on your research model, data, and main findings.
  • Take your eyes off your slides and scan your audience from time to time.
  • Put more and bigger words on the slide when speaking in English, unless you’re confident the audience understands you fully.
  • Be ready to talk for 5-30 minutes.
    • Background / Introduction
    • Research Questions
    • Status Quo / Literature Reviews
    • (econ)
    • Research Model
    • Data
    • (law)
    • Issues / Analyses
    • Findings
    • Policy Suggestions
    • Conclusion
  • Always end with your own thought even when the research is not finished yet.
  • Be ready to communicate in laypeople’s terms.
  • Help one another; it’s what classmates/friends are for.

[IPLaw] 3/18-4/1 Eligibility and Acquisition

Reading: Textbook ch.7-8


  • Are photos taken by 1-year-old children, blind people copyrightable? How about non-human animals?
  • How about a spillage on the sidewalk? What if it’s done by a street artist?
  • Is it a good idea to protect computer programs by copyright?
  • Should a doctor be allowed to patent a new medical procedure?


[IPLaw] 3/4&11 Properties, Rights & Legal Systems

Reading: Textbook ch.3-6

Pre-class Questions:

  • If copyright law and patent law are meant to protect creativity & innovation, why have developing countries, generally speaking, been halfhearted in copyright/patent protection?
  • What main differences do you find between IP rights and traditional property rights (in addition to what the textbook says in particular)? Why?
  • Why would nations rush to make IP treaties in late 19th century and late 20th century respectly?