Undergraduate Course: Professional Skills in Ecological Science (ECSC10017)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
||Availability||Available to all students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
|Home subject area||Ecological Science
||Other subject area||None
||Taught in Gaelic?||No
|Course description||Professional skills include (a) technical skills and (b) interpersonal skills. We will discuss the following topics in an integrated way. How to be effective; Planning a project; Survey and Experimentation; Philosophy and objectives of statistical analysis; ANOVA; Communicating science to your peers; Communicating Science to the public; Applying for a job and being interviewed; Being an ecological consultant; Forming a spin-out company.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?||Yes
Course Delivery Information
|Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1)
||Learn enabled: Yes
|Course Start Date
|Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 16,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 8,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2,
Formative Assessment Hours 6,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Revision Session Hours 3,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info)
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||Professional Skills in Ecological Science||2:00|
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
|At the end of the course you should be able to:
- Plan your work properly, exercising autonomy and initiative in a professional level activity
- Produce scientific text at the level needed for the project dissertation
- Interpret, use and evaluate a wide range of numerical and graphical data to set and achieve goals
- Give a formal presentation on a specialised topic to informed audiences
- Communicate with your peers, senior colleagues and specialists through the effective use of a scientific, professional level poster.
||Crawley MJ (1993) GLIM for ecologists. Blackwell, Oxford
Emden J Van (2001) Effective communication for science and technology. Palgrave, New York.
Ford ED (2000) Scientific method for ecological research. CUP Cambridge
Fowler J & Cohen L (1998) Practical Statistics for Field Biology. Wiley
Hairston NG (1989) Ecological Experiments: purpose, design and execution. CUP, Cambridge
Hughes IG & Hase TPA (2010) Measurements and their uncertainty. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
O¿Connor M (1991) Writing successfully in Science. Chapman & Hall, London.
Quin GP & Keogh MJ (2002) Experimental design and data analysis for biologists. CUP, Cambridge
Ruxton GD & Colegrave N (2003) Experimental design for the Life Sciences. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Zar JH (1999) Biostatistical Analysis. Prentice Hall.
|Keywords||ECSC10017 Prof Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Margaret Graham
Tel: (0131 6)50 4767
|Course secretary||Ms Meredith Corey
Tel: (0131 6)50 5430
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