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48955-01 - Seminar: Tools and Methods of Natural Sciences Research 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2019
Angebotsmuster Jedes Frühjahrsem.
Dozierende Irene Adrian-Kalchhauser (irene.adrian-kalchhauser@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt We will mix lectures, case studies, and self-organized work shadowing to gain knowledge about selected methods and approaches of the natural sciences. I. Adrian-Kalchhauser will provide input on the scientific method in general and on specific methods, occasionally with the help of guest speakers.
In addition, students will collect methodological expertise during work shadowing and literature work. The seminar will focus on methods which are relevant for sustainable development topics.
Lernziele The students
- understand the difference between a scientific and a non-scientific approach to a question;
- can formulate scientific hypotheses and can distinguish them from a question or idea;
- and know about the difference between an observation and an experiment, induction and deduction, empiricism and rationalism, descriptive and experimental approaches.

The students
- understand the influence of observer, equipment, and experimental design on the outcome of an experiment;
- know about sample sizes, research design, and error types;
- understand the importance of positive / negative controls and standards.

The students
- know natural science methods that are important in the context of sustainability, such as molecular species identification, water quality parameters, behavioral assays, community assessments, assays for chemical contaminants, and others;
- and know what kind of information these methods can provide and are aware of their limitations.
Literatur Scientific Method: A Historical and Philosophical Introduction by Barry Gower. ISBN-13: 978-0415122825

Material handed out during the semester/seminar.
Bemerkungen MSD 2017
Mandatory seminar for all MSD students.

This seminar is offered by MSD. PD Dr. I. Adrian-Kalchhauser is a scientific researcher and member of MGU (Mensch-Gesellschaft-Umwelt), Dep. of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences.


Teilnahmebedingungen Exclusively for MSD students and students in preparation to the MSD.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 25.02.2019 – 27.05.2019
Zeit Montag, 12.15-14.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)

Starts in the second week of teaching period of spring semester 19.

Datum Zeit Raum
Montag 25.02.2019 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Montag 04.03.2019 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Montag 11.03.2019 12.15-14.00 Uhr Fasnachtsferien
Montag 18.03.2019 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Montag 25.03.2019 12.00-14.30 Uhr Botanik, Praktikumsraum U1.003
Montag 01.04.2019 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Montag 08.04.2019 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Montag 15.04.2019 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Montag 22.04.2019 12.15-14.00 Uhr Ostern
Montag 29.04.2019 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Montag 06.05.2019 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Montag 13.05.2019 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Montag 20.05.2019 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Montag 27.05.2019 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Module Modul Wahlbereich Energie und Klimawandel (Masterstudium: Sustainable Development (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2017))
Modul: Interdisziplinäre Forschung zu Nachhaltigkeit (Masterstudium: Sustainable Development)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Regular attendance, active participation. Oral presentation and written report.
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung An-/Abmelden: Belegen resp. Stornieren der Belegung via MOnA
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala 1-6 0,1
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Universität Basel
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Archäologie / Humangeographie / MSD