Research Proposal Ecology and Evolution

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2018/19
Vakcode WMLS13001
Vaknaam Research Proposal Ecology and Evolution
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b (07-01-2019 till 26-01-2019)

Uitgebreide vaknaam Research Proposal Ecology and Evolution
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, students are able to:
1.critically read, discuss and review recent scientific papers
2.formulate a sound research question, testable hypotheses and design an adequate study to test these hypotheses
3.write a scientific research proposal
4.present these research plans orally
5.present these research plans on a poster.
6.provide feedback on assignments of fellow students
7.chair oral sessions and group discussions
Omschrijving The course consists of lectures, reading, discussions and writing assignments. Each week, two experts (typically from GELIFES) will present their work, with special emphasis on the underlying questions, the choice of methods and study system, the scope and limitations of the results obtained so far, and open questions for future research. Students need to prepare for each of these sessions by reading one or two pre-selected papers by the presenter prior to the talk. After each presentation, there will be a 1-hour in-depth discussion session on the talk and the pre-selected papers (in the presence of the expert). The discussion session is chaired by one of the students. In addition, two students are assigned to prepare critical questions.
Furthermore, students will get a series of short lectures on how to write a research proposal (for their MSc thesis), with focus on developing a sharp research question, with associated testable hypotheses, the choice of adequate methods, the designs of experiments, and the a-priori choice of proper methods for data analysis. Students will get writing assignments and will choose a topic for their research proposal from a list of ecological/evolutionary themes and a supervisor with affinity to this proposal. Students will regularly get feedback on the writing assignments by their peers and their supervisor. Towards the end of the course students present their research plans in the presence of their peers and supervisor. After having received feedback in the subsequent discussion, the students will finalize their proposal.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Werkcollege (T)
(Lectures, reading and writing assignments (individual based), reviewing/discussions in small groups, chairing, presenting)
Toetsvorm Practisch werk (PR), Presentatie (P), Verslag (R)
(Students are assessed on their final research proposal (50%), their poster (25%) and their participation in group discussion and chairing (25%).Grades for research proposal, poster and participation should all be sufficient (6 or higher, 5 or lower is not allowed). Interim assessments (not graded) of presentations of students (presenting research ideas etc) are used to assess quality and progress during the course)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator prof. dr. ir. C. Smit
Docent(en) prof. dr. ir. C. Both ,prof. dr. J.T.M. Elzenga ,dr. M.E. Maan ,prof. dr. P.J. Palsboll ,prof. dr. ir. C. Smit ,prof. dr. B.I. Tieleman
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Six research papers offered by the six guest lecturers
Powerpoint slides of lectures (handouts, on Nestor).
'How to write a scientific paper'
Opmerkingen Capacity max. 35 students.
study load:
Lecture 1 16 hours
Tutorial 1 16 hours
Tutorial 2 4 hours
Assignment 1 12 hours
Assignment 2 12 hours
Assignment 3 64 hours
Self-study 16 hours
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Biology  (Electives/Optional modules) - semester I b keuze
MSc Ecology and Evolution  ( Track Evolutionary Biology) - semester I b verplicht
MSc Ecology and Evolution  (Electives/optional modules) - semester I b keuze
MSc Marine Biology  (Electives) - semester I b keuze