AB-337 Seminars in Arctic Ecology and Evolution (2 ECTS)

ID:
AB-337
CREDITS:
2 ECTS
COURSE PERIOD:
Every semester.
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION AND EXAMINATION:
English
CREDIT REDUCTION/OVERLAP:
2 ECTS with AB-837
GRADE:
Pass/fail
COURSE MATERIAL:
10–15 scientific papers
COURSE COSTS:
None
COURSE CAPACITY MIN/MAX:
9/18 students (AB-337/837 in total)
EXAMINATION SUPPORT MATERIAL:
Bilingual dictionary between English and mother tongue
APPLICATION DEADLINE:
Only open for enrolled students

INSTRUCTORS:

Ingibjörg Svala Jónsdóttir. Professor, terrestrisk økologi.
Ingibjörg Svala Jónsdóttir
Adjunct Professor, Arctic Terrestrial Ecology

* Each student can register to the course four times, thus gaining up to 8 ECTS in total.

Course requirements:

Enrolment in a master programme in biology.

Academic content:

The course has two main foci, presentation of own work in progress and presentations and discussions of research papers (journal club). The aim of the first is to provide training in presentation of own research projects, either orally or by a poster. Each student presents her/his project (either the whole project or selected parts). The presentation is followed by discussion of both the scientific content as well as technical presentation aspects, under the supervision of the seminar facilitator (academic staff).

In addition to providing insight into cutting-edge science within the field of ecology and evolution, the journal club aims at training critical reading of scientific papers with respect to problem addressed, methods used and interpretation of results. Each student presents one or more scientific papers of general interest (not too specialized), published in international journals, that have been approved by the seminar facilitator. The papers are distributed to the whole group one week before the presentation to enable the fellow students to prepare for the discussion.

Learning outcomes:

Knowledge
Upon completing the course, the students will:
Have insight into cutting-edge science in ecology and evolution.

Skills
Upon completing the course, the students will:
Have the ability of critical reading of scientific papers and master presentation techniques.

General competences
Upon completing the course, the students will:
Be able to perform critical thinking, constructive criticism, and show the ability to take criticism. Be able to communicate research by oral and written means.

Learning activities:

The course extends over 11 weeks (or less, on appointment with attending students), and is run in combination with AB-837.

After an introductory meeting, the students will meet once or twice a week with a teacher/facilitator for double lecture hours (project presentation, paper presentation). Occasionally, lectures on specific topics will be given by the academic staff or guest lecturers.

Total lecture/seminar hours: 23 hours

Compulsory learning activities:

Oral or poster presentation of own research, presentation of one or two papers of general interest from international journals, and participation in discussion during all seminars.
All compulsory learning activities must be followed in order to have them assessed.

 

Assessment:

Method Duration
Percentage of final grade
Performance during project and paper presentations, and participation in seminar discussions. 100%

All assessments must be passed in order to pass the course.

 

Application deadline: Students enrolled at UNIS sign up for the course after arrival.

 

CONTACT INFO

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