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300128 SE Bachelorseminar for students of the teacher program Biology (2016W)

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

Attendance compulsory!

Participants choose a topic for their Bachelor thesis and arrange dates with their scientific adviser in charge to receive support while doing their exposition.



max. 20 participants
Language: German



PREPARATORY MEETING: Thursday, Oct 13, 12:00-13:00, Small seminar room of the Department of Anthropology (UZA 1, behind the porter's lodge)

The dates for the preparatory meeting, the oral interim presentation and the deadline for the term paper are still to be announced. There will be eight introductory lectures (1.5 hours each; 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.


Aims, contents and method of the course

Aims: Students acquire knowledge on how to search for and further process scientific literature, conduct and write up a scientific paper as well as present it orally. 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 both orally and in written form, i.e. not just summarizing the literature, but discussing it critically.

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 writing up of a literature review on a specific topic.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written prospectus, oral interim presentation including slides, term paper: scientific paper following the rules of the natural sciences.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

A minimum of 50 points is required for the successful completion of the course. The single components are weighted as follows: written prospectus (10 points), oral interim presentation (30 points), term paper (60 points).

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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