701-1460-00L  Ecology and Evolution: Term Paper

SemesterAutumn Semester 2016
LecturersT. Städler, S. Bonhoeffer, A. Hall, J. Jokela, J. Levine, G. Velicer, A. Widmer
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish



Catalogue data

AbstractIndividual writing of an essay-type review paper about a specialized topic in the field of ecology and evolution, based on substantial reading of original literature and discussions with a senior scientist.
Objective- Students acquire a thorough knowledge on a topic in which they are particularly interested
- They learn to assess the relevance of original literature and synthesize information
- They make the experience of becoming "experts" on a topic and develop their own perspective
- They practise academic writing according to professional standards in English
ContentTopics for the essays are proposed by the professors and lecturers of the major in Ecology and Evolution at a joint meeting at the beginning of the semester (the date will be communicated by e-mail to registered students).
Students will:
- choose a topic
- search and read appropriate literature
- develop a personal view on the topic and structure their arguments
- prepare figures and tables to represent ideas or illustrate them with examples
- write a clear, logical and well-structured text
- refine the text and present the paper according to professional standards

In all steps, they will benefit from the advice and detailed feedback given by a senior scientist acting as personal tutor of the student.
Lecture notesReading of articles in scientific journals

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits5 credits
ExaminersA. Widmer, S. Bonhoeffer, A. Hall, J. Jokela, J. Levine, T. Städler, G. Velicer
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.

Learning materials

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Courses

NumberTitleHoursLecturers
701-1460-00 AEcology and Evolution: Term Paper Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers.
The date and time for the kick-off meeting will be communicated later (most likely to be held in the 4th semester week).
150s hrsT. Städler, S. Bonhoeffer, A. Hall, J. Jokela, J. Levine, G. Velicer, A. Widmer

Groups

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Restrictions

General : Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers

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ProgrammeSectionType
Environmental Sciences MasterTerm Paper and SeminarOInformation