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BI2018: BIOLOGICAL ENHANCED SKILLS TRAINING (BEST) (2021-2022)

Last modified: 25 Oct 2021 11:45


Course Overview

The course will help you consolidate and develop skills in experimental design, sampling, analysis, presentation, and interpretation of data. You will be encouraged to seek to improve your academic writing and develop other transferable skills.

Each week, there are one 1-2 recorded introductory lectures to help you prepare for the computer practicals.  In two 2-hour sessions you will work through a series of computer-based data tasks, using relevant and realistic biological and environmental themes.

Teaching is informal and friendly. During sessions, staff will chat to you about your progress and provide help where necessary.

Assessments are two online tests (each 25%) and an individual project (50%).

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Martin Barker

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of BSc Biology (Studied) or BSc Conservation Biology (Studied) or BSc Zoology (Studied) or BSc Animal Ecology (Studied) or BSc Marine Biology (Studied) or BSc Animal Behaviour (Studied) or BSc Behavioural Biology (Studied) or MSci Biological Sciences (Studied) or BSc Biological Sciences (Honours) (Studied) or BSc Plant and Soil Sciences (Studied) or Bachelor Of Science In Environmental And Forest Management (Studied) or BSc Ecology (Studied) or BSc Wildlife Management (Studied) or BSc Forestry (Studied) or BSc Forest Sciences (Studied) or BSc Environmental Science (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Programme Level 2

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The course will focus on a series of essential skills, associated with becoming an effective and successful biologist or environmental scientist. These enhanced skills include hypothesis formulation, experimental design, data distributions and probability, data handling descriptive and inferential statistics, and interpreting data in terms of biological or environmental science. The emphasis throughout will be on: Consolidating existing skills; developing new skills and preparing the way for Level 3 courses in SBS.






In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Practical during University weeks 9 - 19
  • 1 Practical during University weeks 9 - 19
  • 2 Practicals during University weeks 9 - 19
  • 1 Support Tutorial during University weeks 9 - 18, 9 - 19

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Project Report/Dissertation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

For online tests, generic feedback will be given to the class, and students will be given individual feedback on request. Written feedback will be provided on individual projects.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualEvaluateDetermine the strengths and limitations of an experimental design.
FactualRememberDemonstrate a familiarity and understanding of some key principles
ProceduralAnalyseOrganise, summarise and analyse sets of data
ProceduralApplyApply knowledge to interpret patterns in data.

2x Online test (25% each)

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

For online tests, generic feedback will be given to the class, and students will be given individual feedback on request. Written feedback will be provided on individual projects.

 

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualEvaluateDetermine the strengths and limitations of an experimental design.
FactualRememberDemonstrate a familiarity and understanding of some key principles
ProceduralAnalyseOrganise, summarise and analyse sets of data
ProceduralApplyApply knowledge to interpret patterns in data.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Re-submission of failed element

Assessment Type Summative Weighting
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberDemonstrate a familiarity and understanding of some key principles
ProceduralAnalyseOrganise, summarise and analyse sets of data
ProceduralApplyApply knowledge to interpret patterns in data.
ConceptualEvaluateDetermine the strengths and limitations of an experimental design.

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