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300084 SE Bachelorseminar for students of the teacher program Biology (2018W)

7.00 ECTS (3.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 30 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

This course is equivalent to 300089 SE Bachelorseminar for students of the teacher program Biology (2018W).
Kick-off meeting on Wednesday, Oct 3, 3.30–4.30 p.m. at the Large Seminar Room of the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology.
Those who do not attend, will be deregistered so that students from the waiting list succeed.
During the kick-off meeting, participants choose a topic for their Bachelor thesis according to availability and arrange dates with their scientific adviser in charge to receive support while doing their exposition.
The dates for the presentation and the deadline for the term paper are still to be announced. There will be seven hours of introductory lectures [Sonja Windhager] (further can be added if necessary, in UZA 1, Althanstrasse 14). The dates of these lectures will be scheduled after consulting the participants of this course during the kick-off meeting.

Wednesday 03.10. 15:30 - 16:30 Seminarraum Anthropologie, UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14 2.001 1.OG (Kickoff Class)
Thursday 18.10. 17:00 - 20:00 Seminarraum Anthropologie, UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14 2.001 1.OG
Tuesday 23.10. 09:00 - 11:45 Hörsaal 1 2A120 1.OG UZA II Geo-Zentrum


Aims, contents and method of the course

Aims: Students acquire knowledge on scientific work in the natural sciences, on how to search for and further process scientific literature, conduct and write up a scientific paper as well as present it. This should enable the prospect teachers keeping up with up to date scientific literature, and supervising and grading pre-scientific papers (Vorwissenschaftliche Arbeiten).

Contents: The seminar intends to convey strategies and a tool-kit for a literature search and a comprehensive literature review on a specific topic. Topics include technical didactics in biology, general zoological and anthropological topics that are also reflected in the school curriculum. The acquired expertise shall be summarized in an integrative way, i.e. not just summarizing the literature, but discussing it critically.

Each students chooses a one of the listed foci for their work. Individual topics will be outlined in the preparatory meeting. Students will be distributed equally among the foci.

Non-binding list of topics below; topics will be assigned during the kick-off meeting.
Focus Evolutionary Anthropology: small original research study [Sonja Kuderer] or literature review [Martin Fieder].
Focus Botany and Didactics of Biology (Botany/Ecology) [Michael Kiehn]
Focus Evolution Vertebrata [Doris Nagel]
Focus Pollen in Bee Honey [Reinhard Zetter]
More details on the specific topics on the German version of this page. Please send an email to S. Windhager if you need further translations.

Method of the course: Introductory lectures including demonstrations in data bases and relevant software to teach the necessary skills to conduct a scientific literature review and present it orally to an audience of specialists; guided empirical work and writing up of a thesis on a specific topic.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written prospectus, presentation, term paper: scientific paper following the rules of the natural sciences.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

A minimum of 51 points is required for the successful completion of the course. The single components are weighted as follows: written prospectus (15 points), presentation (25 points), term paper (60 points).
If good scientific practice is violated in any assessment, you will fail to pass the course.

Examination topics

Continuous assessment of course work (prüfungsimmanent)!

Reading list

Balzert H, Schröder M, Schäfer C (2011) Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten, 2. Auflage, W3L AG, Dortmund.

Knisely K (2013). A Student Handbook for Writing in Biology, 4th edition, Sinauer Associates, MA.

Kremer B P (2014) Vom Referat bis zur Examensarbeit: Naturwissenschaftliche Texte perfekt verfassen und gestalten, 4. Auflage, Springer Spektrum, Berlin.

Lamprecht J (1999) Biologische Forschung: Von der Planung bis zur Publikation. Filander Verlag, Fürth.

Weber D (2014) Die erfolgreiche Abschlussarbeit. 2. Auflage, Wiley, Weinheim.

Weiß C (2013) Basiswissen Medizinische Statistik, 6. Auflage, Springer, Berlin.

Association in the course directory

UF BU 12

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