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

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2021
Angebotsmuster Jedes Frühjahrsem.
Dozierende Gabriel Erni Cassola (gabriel.ernicassola@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. G. Erni Cassola 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 Optional reading:
Godfrey-Smith, Peter (2003): Theory and Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science. The University of Chicago Press: Chicago and London.

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

This seminar is offered by MSD. Dr. Gabriel Erni Cassola is a staff member of MGU (Mensch-Gesellschaft-Umwelt), Dep. of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences.

 

Teilnahmebedingungen Only for MSD students (incl. preparation semester). No other students admitted.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz

 

Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 01.03.2021 – 31.05.2021
Zeit Montag, 12.15-13.45 Chemie, Organische
Datum Zeit Raum
Montag 01.03.2021 12.15-13.45 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Montag 08.03.2021 12.15-13.45 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Montag 15.03.2021 12.15-13.45 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Montag 22.03.2021 12.15-13.45 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Montag 29.03.2021 12.15-13.45 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Montag 05.04.2021 12.15-13.45 Uhr Ostern
Montag 12.04.2021 12.15-13.45 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Montag 19.04.2021 12.15-13.45 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Montag 26.04.2021 12.15-13.45 Uhr Chemie, Organische, Grosser Hörsaal OC
Montag 03.05.2021 12.15-13.45 Uhr Chemie, Organische, Grosser Hörsaal OC
Montag 10.05.2021 12.15-13.45 Uhr Chemie, Organische, Grosser Hörsaal OC
Montag 17.05.2021 12.15-13.45 Uhr Chemie, Organische, Grosser Hörsaal OC
Montag 24.05.2021 12.15-13.45 Uhr Pfingstmontag
Montag 31.05.2021 12.15-13.45 Uhr Chemie, Organische, Grosser Hörsaal OC
Module 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 Departement Umweltwissenschaften

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