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BIOL3059 Bioscience Education

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of this module is to provide students with an introduction to the process of conveying scientific knowledge to an audience: either to secondary school children (initially Peter Symonds Sixth Form College, Winchester) or within the context of Marwell Zoo’s educational centre. This will be done in an engaging and motivational manner. The students will be expected to carry out an in-depth literature review into a biological concept or topic in semester 1, and to then design an innovative educational activity to convey their research to groups of people in semester 2. This will be done under supervision from an academic member of staff and will involve input from either staff at Marwell Zoo or from a sixth form college (initially Peter Symonds, Winchester). It will give students an opportunity to develop a range of key skills during the collecting, synthesis, analysis and interpretation of the information and in writing and presentation of scientific topics. They will also design an “assessment tool” to gauge the effectiveness of their activity in conveying their message to their audience. Note: all students wanting work within a school will need to clear a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (previously called ‘CRB’ check). Only students passing this check will be allowed to work with children.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Design, conduct and write a critical review of the literature under supervision.
  • Present a coherent written description of your topic in your own words and style.
  • Synthesise information from several different sources.
  • Appreciate the requirements of designing an activity to convey a scientific concept to a school-going audience.
  • Understand the processes involved in designing such an activity.
  • Design a means of assessment to gauge the effectiveness of delivering the activity.
  • Deliver an activity in an engaging and motivational manner.
  • Develop presentation skills.

Syllabus

This module is concerned with researching an appropriate topic in the field of biological sciences, and developing both a detailed written report on that topic as well as delivering an associated educational activity. In Marwell Zoo, the topics covered are varied and could be from hominoid evolution to habitat loss. Similarly in Peter Symonds activities could be across the range of all biology (e.g. neuroscience, developmental biology, ecology) learning to design and then deliver a biological concept to a school going audience in an innovative and inspirational manner.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• Seminars/workshops from academics and/or other professionals (Marwell or School). • Tutorials on science, education and communication. • Verbal and written feedback.

TypeHours
Lecture25
Independent Study275
Total study time300

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Literature review 40%
Practical skills assessment 30%
Written report 30%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework %

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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