Zur Merkliste hinzufügen


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

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2024
Angebotsmuster Jedes Frühjahrsem.
Dozierende Priscilla Carrillo Barragan (priscilla.carrillobarragan@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Patricia Holm (patricia.holm@unibas.ch)
Inhalt We will mix lectures, case studies, and self-organized work shadowing to gain knowledge about selected methods and approaches of the natural sciences. P. Carillo Baragán 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 Tba in class.
Bemerkungen Practical blocs on 13. March and 17. April 2024: 14:15 - 18:00; and 18. May: field trip, entire day, details according to announcement.

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. P. Carillo Baragán is a post doc staff member of MGU (Mensch-Gesellschaft-Umwelt), Dep. of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences.
Prof. Dr. P. Holm is part of the teaching committee MSD and leads the research group MGU.


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 Wochentag Zeit Raum
unregelmässig Siehe Einzeltermine
Bemerkungen 13.03. and 17.04.24 until 18:00h.
One field trip: 18. May 24 (keep the entire day free for this field trip).


Datum Zeit Raum
Mittwoch 28.02.2024 14.15-15.45 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Mittwoch 06.03.2024 14.15-15.45 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Mittwoch 13.03.2024 14.15-18.00 Uhr Botanik, Praktikumsraum U1.003
Mittwoch 20.03.2024 14.15-15.45 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Mittwoch 27.03.2024 14.15-15.45 Uhr Botanik, Praktikumsraum U1.003
Mittwoch 03.04.2024 14.15-15.45 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Mittwoch 10.04.2024 14.15-15.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Mittwoch 17.04.2024 14.15-18.00 Uhr Botanik, Praktikumsraum U1.003
Mittwoch 24.04.2024 14.15-15.45 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Samstag 18.05.2024 08.00-18.00 Uhr - Siehe Bemerkung, --
Mittwoch 22.05.2024 14.15-15.45 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Mittwoch 29.05.2024 14.15-15.45 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Module Modul: Interdisziplinäre Forschung zu Nachhaltigkeit (Masterstudium: Sustainable Development)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Regular attendance, active participation, readings, oral presentation and written report: Details according to announcement by assessor.
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anm.: Belegen Lehrveranstaltung; Abm.: stornieren
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala 1-6 0,1
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Universität Basel
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Departement Umweltwissenschaften