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GEOL0036 Advanced Biodiversity and Macroevolutionary Studies

This module gives students an authentic experience of conducting publishable palaebiological research culminating in producing and presenting their research report.

Coordinator: Dr Philip Mannion

Module details
TitleAdvanced Biodiversity and Macroevolutionary Studies
UG CodeGEOL0036
CoordinatorDr Philip Mannion
Other Contributors 
Term2
Credit15 credits
Written Exam 
Coursework 
Pre-Requisites 
Maths & Stats Content and Requirement 
Total Number of Hours of Student Work188 hours
Hours of Lectures/Seminars40 ( 4 hours per week)
Hours of Practicals/Problem Classes20 hours
Hours of Tutorials0
Days of Fieldwork0
OtherNone
Categorizing Student Performance Levels
Content
  • To give students insight into how a true collaborative research project works inside the departmental environment and enable them to organise and carry out their own research.
  • To introduce students to the process of writing in a scientific paper format, complete with review and revision.
  • To give students experience of researching a palaeontological topic, critically appraising recent work, and producing a synthesis of this as an oral presentation.

AIMS

To give students an authentic experience of conducting publishable palaebiological research. This invloves acquiring and/or developing analytical skilss and practicing written and oral presentation skills. 

Outcomes

By the end of the course, students should be familiar with:

scientific literature searches, review writing and referencingcritical evaluation of comepting lines of evidencecarrying out original research, involving data collection, use of computerised analytical packages, relevant statistics writing a scientific paper and formatting it for a journalcreating and presenting a short talk
  • scientific literature searches, review writing and referencing
  • critical evaluation of comepting lines of evidence
  • carrying out original research, involving data collection, use of computerised analytical packages, relevant statistics
  • writing a scientific paper and formatting it for a journal
  • creating and presenting a short talk