Research Skills in Ecology and Evolution 1

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2020/21
Vakcode WBBY064-05
Vaknaam Research Skills in Ecology and Evolution 1
Niveau(s) propedeuse
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II b
ECTS 5
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam Research Skills in Ecology and Evolution 1
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:
1) Identify the core message and structure of a scientific paper.
2) Apply molecular methods to genotype collected specimens.
3) Use phylogenetic methods to compare relatedness of species.
4) Collect and record different types of data used in ecological and evolutionary research.
5) Organize data from field notebooks/lab journals into digital spreadsheets and visualize these data in graphs and tables.
Omschrijving This course consists of both academic skills and practical skills in Ecology & Evolution. Part of the course is spent on the critical
reading and interpretation of scientific research papers. For this, primary research literature in the framework of Ecology & Evolution
is used, with a main focus on biodiversity, both in terms of fundamental and applied sciences. During tutorials, students learn to
distinguish structure - elements such as motive, purpose, arguments and conclusions - in the text of research papers using the
Scientific Argumentation Model (SAM). Students will be tested on their ability to quickly read, summarize and comment on a paper.
A series of lectures is built on the basics of biodiversity and the tree of life: students will get an overview of the main species
groups (domains, tree of life), their evolutionary history and evolutionary mechanisms (biogeography, adaptive evolution, genetic
polymorphism), and the morphology and anatomy of these groups. The students will perform molecular and behavioral experiments in
the lab to learn how to collect, record and organize different types of data. In addition, students will work with computers to
visualize their datasets and to reconstruct phylogenetic trees.
After the general overview of biodiversity, students will learn important field techniques for sampling and estimating biodiversity in
various habitats (terrestrial and aquatic), with the focus on plants, invertebrates and birds. Furthermore, students will learn to
identify species of plants, invertebrates and birds using identification keys both in the lab as in the field. Students will be tested via
a multiple-choice exam on their knowledge of local biodiversity and the overall tree of life, and they will be tested on their species
identification skills with field samples (WPLS18025, 5 ECTS). The practical and academic skills are assessed with assignments
(WPLS18024, 5 ECTS).
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Practisch werk (PRC), Werkcollege (T)
(Lectures 20hrs, tutorials 16 hrs, practicals 80 hrs, self study 22 hrs.)
Toetsvorm Opdracht (AST), Practisch werk (PR)
(Assignment 30%, practicals 70%.)
Vaksoort propedeuse
Coördinator dr. E. Geuverink
Docent(en) prof. dr. L.W. Beukeboom ,dr. E. Geuverink ,dr. L.P.W.G.M. Jacobus Mgn Van De Zande ,prof. dr. ir. C. Smit
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Biology, a Global Approach 11 2018 Campbell, Urry, Cain, Wasserman, Minorsky, Reece 9781292170435 €  65,00
Manuals for practicals and slides of lectures will be provided on the
Student Portal
Entreevoorwaarden PLEASE NOTE
Biology and Life Science & Technology (old curriculum) course units are only accessible for students of those degree programmes. Students from other degree programmes who would like to participate in Biology course units are obliged to contact one of the academic advisors before registration. After this contact, students have to request admission from the Board of Examiners Biology/Life Science & Technology. Failing to follow this procedure results in immediate unenrollment without prior notification.
Opmerkingen This part of the Research Skills in Ecology and Evolution course is graded as pass/fail. Each tutorial and practical element needs
to be completed to a satisfactory degree. The aim is to achieve a certain baseline of skills in each student, in preparation of
reports and projects later in the curriculum.

Students need to participate in all field and lab elements. Missing more than 2 days means that the practical elements (on which the pass/fail is based) cannot be completed.

Research Skills in Ecology and Evolution 1 and 2 must be taken together in order to pass the course "Research Skills in Ecology and Evolution" (10 ECTS)

Dit vak had vorig jaar vakcode WPLS18024
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Biology - Year 1 1 semester II b verplicht EE
BSc Biology: major Ecology and Evolution 1 semester II b verplicht
BSc Biology: major Integrative Biology  (Semester 2, EE route) 1 semester II b verplicht