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

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2023
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;
- know about the difference between (I) empiricism and rationalism , (II) induction and
deduction, (III) an observation and an experiment, (IV) descriptive and experimental approaches;
- understand the influence of observer, equipment, and experimental design on the outcome
of an experiment;
- understand the importance of positive / negative controls and standards;
- know natural science methods from fields that are important in the context of sustainability, such as
molecular species identification, characterising air pollution, microplastics pollution, ecotoxicological assays, obtaining palaeoenvironmental data, and others;
- and know what kind of information these methods can provide and are aware of their
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 All MSD students have to attend a methods course in natural science within the IRS module. By default they have to attend this course (48995: Tools and Methods of Natural Sciences Research). Students with a natural science background who can demonstrate that they already have the knowledge taught in this course may take an alternative class according to the details recorded in the medium-term syllabus/spring semester 2023.
No other module allocation possible.

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. MSD preparation semester). NO other students admitted.
Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung Course enrollment on MOnA should be completed by the beginning of the teaching period
(withdrawal possible until Monday of week five).
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 24.02.2023 – 02.06.2023
Zeit Freitag, 10.15-12.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Datum Zeit Raum
Freitag 24.02.2023 10.15-12.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Freitag 10.03.2023 10.15-12.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Freitag 17.03.2023 10.15-12.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Freitag 24.03.2023 10.15-12.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Freitag 31.03.2023 10.15-12.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Freitag 14.04.2023 10.15-12.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Freitag 21.04.2023 10.15-12.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Freitag 28.04.2023 10.15-12.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Freitag 05.05.2023 10.15-12.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Freitag 12.05.2023 10.15-12.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Freitag 26.05.2023 10.15-12.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Freitag 02.06.2023 10.15-12.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
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