BIMPD2-Critical Discussions

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Julie Hawkins


Summary module description:

The students will develop a questioning approach to the literature while expanding their general knowledge of literature in plant diversity science. They will gain experience in the techniques of oral presentation of complex taxonomic issues. They will appreciate all aspects of the publication process, including targeting and writing a publication, and the editorial process including the role of the peer-review.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Good knowledge of the debates current in plant diversity science. Ability to critically appraise peer reviewed publications. Skills in writing abstracts.

Additional outcomes:
Understanding of the publication process. Enhanced informal oral presentation and discussion skills.

Outline content:
In the first meeting there will be a discussion of the role of publication in science, and an overview of the publication process. Following the first meeting a series of discussions on classical and contemporary papers is held. The students lead some of the discussions.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Seminars and presentations.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 25
Guided independent study 75
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Set exercise 25
Class test administered by School 75

Other information on summative assessment:
Essay plans. Abstract exercise.

Relative percentage of coursework: 100%

Formative assessment methods:
A class test under exam conditions. A set exercise, writing an abstract.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

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Requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-examination in August/September.

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Last updated: 21 December 2016

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