AB-837 Seminars in Arctic Ecology and Evolution (2 ECTS)

ID:
AB-837
CREDITS:
2 ECTS
COURSE PERIOD:
Every semester, annually.
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION AND EXAMINATION:
English
CREDIT REDUCTION/OVERLAP:
2 ECTS with AB-337
GRADE:
Pass/fail
COURSE MATERIAL:
10–15 scientific papers
COURSE COSTS:
None
COURSE CAPACITY MIN/MAX:
5/12 students (AB-337/837 in total)
EXAMINATION SUPPORT MATERIAL:
Bilingual dictionary between English and mother tongue
APPLICATION DEADLINE:
Only open for enrolled students

INSTRUCTORS:

Anna Vader
Anna Vader
Associate Professor, Arctic Marine Biology

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

Course requirements:

Enrolment in a PhD 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. For the PhD students a greater emphasis will be on the scrutiny of research planning, data analysis and results interpretation as presented in the papers than for the students in the parallel course (AB-337). 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 and be able to evaluate both new theory and methodology

Skills
Upon completing the course, the students will:
Demonstrate the ability of critical reading of scientific papers, scrutiny of research planning, and data evaluation and interpretation. Master and perform presentation techniques.

General competences
Upon completing the course, the students will:
Show the ability of critical thinking, of constructive criticism and the ability to take criticism. Be able to communicate research by oral and written means, and to demonstrate competence in research ethics and autonomy in own research.

Learning activities:

The course extends over 11 weeks (or less, on appointment with attending students), and is run in combination with AB-337.

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. At least 80% attendance at seminars is required.

All compulsory learning activities must be followed in order to have them assessed.


Assessment:

Method
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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