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300084 SE Bachelorseminar for students of the teacher program Biology (2021S)

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

Bei der Platzvergabe werden prinzipiell nur Studierende berücksichtigt, die die Voraussetzungen erfüllen und sich vom UF Biologie und Umweltkunde 402 aus für das Modul UFBU 12 anmelden!


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


max. 45 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The KICK-OFF MEETING will be DIGITAL (Moodle):
Thursday March 4, 2021: 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Those who do not attend (without a written excuse to sonja.windhager@univie.ac.at in advance), will be deregistered so that students from the waiting list succeed.
This course is equivalent to 300088 SE Bachelorseminar for students of the teacher program Biology (2021S).
If you have any questions please write an email to sonja.windhager@univie.ac.at. Please do not contact all lecturers of this course individually.
There will be some hours of introductory lectures [Sonja Windhager] for all participants. Due to COVID-19, these will take place in a virtual environment (mode: digital). The dates of these lectures are: Thursday, March 11, March 18, March 25 from 3:00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
The dates for the presentation and the deadline for the term paper are still to be announced individually by the supervisors.
During the kick-off meeting, participants choose a topic for their Bachelor thesis according to availability (Moodle preference matching tool) and arrange dates with their scientific adviser in charge to receive support while doing their exposition.
With some supervisors, it will be possible to conduct the course purely in a digital mode. Others offer a mixed format if the COVID-19 status allows. Further information will be given during the kick-off meeting.

Thursday 04.03. 15:00 - 17:30 Digital (Kickoff Class)
Thursday 11.03. 15:00 - 17:30 Digital
Thursday 18.03. 15:00 - 17:30 Digital
Thursday 25.03. 15:00 - 17:30 Digital


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 Amber, maybe also plants [Leyla Jean Seyfullah, 3 Theses, Thesis work and writing in English]

** Focus behavioral physiology, behavioral biology in animals [Matthias Nemeth, 3 Theses]

**Focus Botany and Didactics of Biology (Botany/Ecology) [Michael Kiehn, 3 Theses]

Focus Evolutionary Anthropology: literature review [Martin Fieder, 5 Theses], literature review [Sylvia Kirchengast, 2 Theses], small original research study [Sonja Kuderer, 5 Theses] or original research study or literature review focusing on human behavioral biology [Sonja Windhager, 2 Theses, Wednesday 9–12]

** Focus small original research studies using questionnaires [evolution, creationism, paranormal belief], didactics of biology [Erich Eder, 3 theses]

**Focus Evolution Vertebrata [Doris Nagel, 5 Theses]

**Focus Hygienics – Medical Biology [Kerstin Steindl-Kuscher, 4 Theses]

** Focus Palynology [Christa Hofmann, 5 Theses]

** Focus Rodents & Biodiversity: Literature review or small original research study on rodents [Thomas Filek, 3 Theses]

**Focus Zoology: literature review (herpetology, evolution, conservation) [Günter Gollmann, 2 Theses], literature review (insects) [Harald Krenn, 3 Theses]

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 (10 points), presentation (20 points), term paper (70 points). Grade 1: 87 – 100 points, Grade 2: 75 – 86,99 points, Grade 3: 63 – 74,99 points, Grade 4: 51 – 62,99 points, Grade 5: < 51 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.

Leonhart R. (2010) Datenanalyse mit SPSS. Hogrefe, Wien.

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

Association in the course directory

UF BU 12

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