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BI4026: MEET THE SCIENTIST - RESEARCH SEMINARS IN SBS (2022-2023)

Last modified: 03 Nov 2022 11:20


Course Overview

Through regular engagement with the SBS Research Seminar Programme you will increase your appreciation of the diversity of research approaches, presentation and discussion styles present in biological and environmental sciences.
By meeting with an experienced, visiting scientist , you will gain skills in formulating effective interview questions (based on structured reading) and in structuring a discussion.
Through hands-on practice, you will get an insight into the media communication world and apply this understanding to your own short seminar presentation.
By writing brief reports for social media dissemination, you will sharpen your writing skills and strengthen your public communication skills.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Full Year Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Jason W. Holland

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

  • Either Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5
  • 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 Bachelor Of Science In Animal Behaviour And Welfare (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 Forestry (Studied) or BSc Forest Sciences (Studied) or BSc Environmental Science (Studied)
  • One of Biology (BI) or Ecology (EK) or Environmental Sciences (EV) or Forestry (FY) or Plant Science (PL) or Zoology (ZO)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Throughout the academic year, the School of Biological Sciences hosts visiting scientists as part of a research seminar series.  The topics of the seminars cover the breadth of research interests within the School, capturing the range of disciplines and subdisciplines represented in the School.  This course is structured alongside this seminar series.  The aim of the course is to take advantage of the visiting scientists to promote a greater appreciation of the diversity of scientific endeavor, to challenge the students to step beyond their comfort zone and engage with scientific content that is outside their area of study and to develop their communication skills by preparing for a structured discussion with at least one of the visiting scientists and by reporting on at least one of the seminars in the series.  Students will be supported by a team of academics during the course of the seminar series.  This course runs across both semesters but the majority of the activity will fall between November and March.


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 10 - 20, 26 - 35, 39
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 9, 14, 19, 28, 30

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Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Report: Individual

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 25
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Feedback

Reflective diary.

Individualised written feedback.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Student seminar and engagement

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
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Feedback

Informal verbal feedback and individualised written feedback

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Individual report and interview recording

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
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Individualised written feedback

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Use of Twitter

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 5
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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Presentation delivery and engagement

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
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Feedback

Informal verbal feedback and individualised written feedback

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Written blog

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Individualised written feedback

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralCreateto prepare for a meeting with a visiting scientist and then to discuss his/her work productively with a group of peers
ReflectionEvaluateto engage with seminar speakers and seminar presentations in order to evaluate a diversity of research methodologies, types of scientific thinking, presentation styles and discussion formats.

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