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.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Design a means of assessment to gauge the effectiveness of delivering the activity.
- Design, conduct and write a critical review of the literature under supervision.
- Synthesise information from several different sources.
- Appreciate the requirements of designing an activity to convey a scientific concept to a school-going audience.
- Present a coherent written description of your topic in your own words and style.
- Understand the processes involved in designing such an activity.
- Effectively communicate a body of scientific research via oral presentation
- Deliver an activity in an engaging and motivational manner.
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.
|Total study time||300|
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
|Practical skills assessment||30%|
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.