Practical Skills in Ecology and Evolution, full course

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This three-credit, discussion-based course will help students develop skills necessary to succeed in the area of evolutionary and ecological biology as an independent researcher. They will learn how to a) Comprehend and critically analyze primary literature, b) Communicate science to the general public, c) Develop their own research questions, d) Design experiments, e) Draft a research grant, f) Create a CV


Thank you for taking the time to look at this class! As a graduate student in the Ecology, Evolution, and Animal Behavior program at Indiana University, I recognized the need for a discussion-based class to teach undergraduates how to read and understand scientific papers and apply what they learn to their own work. This is a course that is designed with that specific audience in mind. Please alter this course to fit the needs of you and your students as you see fit. --- The course is divided into two sections. In the first section students learn how to read scientific papers. In the second section students learn how to write a grant application, from coming up with a scientific question to predicting results. The overall goal of this course is to prepare upper-level students for a professional career in biology.--- This class is based on the instructor having a flipped classroom. Students will prepare for class by reading or attempting assignments on their own. By reading and crafting critiques before class students will be prepared to delve deeply into the readings in class. By attempting assignments outside of class first students will know what they have had difficulties with, where they need to focus their efforts, and which parts of the assignment are less intuitive to them. This requires trust in the instructor and enough guidance in homework assignments that students feel their efforts have guidance and direction. The rubric is also designed in such a way that instructors can make the rubric available to their students before every assignment to guide student work.


course, ecology, evolution, undergraduate, rubric


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