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Module

BIO3037 : Current Zoology

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Pete Robertson
  • Lecturer: Dr Amy Miller, Professor John Bythell, Dr Matthew Leach
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

Students will be familiarised with research in contemporary Zoology. They will use skills and knowledge they obtained during the degree programme in order to work with 3 lecturers on specific themes in contemporary Zoology. Students will be able to work independently on a research question using contemporary research literature and be able to deliver a scientific presentation on the specific research questions. Furthermore, students will be familiarised with animal welfare and ethics including legal and moral aspects of human use of animals, for example in research and agriculture.

Outline Of Syllabus

Taught sessions:

An introductory lecture will inform students about the work they will do in this module, and one or two lectures will inform students about issues of animal welfare and use of animals in research.

Other sessions will be centred on three theme areas, relevant to contemporary research in Zoology and to the interests of teachers of the Zoology degree.

Examples of the theme areas are: Animals and Humans (including animal welfare); Animals in the News (including media reports of Zoological research); and Animals and their Environment (including the ways animals adapt to the built human environment).
A different teacher is responsible for each theme, and each theme will have 4 timetabled sessions.

In the first, the teacher will introduce the theme, and identify four different topics within it that will be the basis of student presentations. The class will then be divided into four groups.

In the second and third sessions, each group will meet to plan and prepare their PowerPoint presentation. The teacher will circulate between the groups to advise and to check progress.

In the final session, the groups will each present their presentation.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials41:004:00Four topic based lectures to be viewed asynchronously on-line
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion317:0051:00Background reading and research assocaited with the three themes
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Written assessment preparation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Complete written assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops32:006:00PiP - Three two hour workshops for student presentations
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery32:006:00PiP - Three scheduled sessions to help prepare for student presentations
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Module welcome and overview
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

An introductory lecture will inform students about the work they are expected to do during the module.

Lectures will provide information about animal welfare and research on animals.
Active learning experiences will be provided in each of the three areas, in which students work in groups with each one contributing by undertaking background reading, and then tasks in preparing and delivering a presentation.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1M60Summative presentation session; partly peer assessed.
Written exercise1M40Students given a list of questions. One week to complete answers.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prof skill assessmnt2MTwo formative presentation session, partly peer assessed.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge will be assessed in the exam.

Contribution to group work will be assessed as part of the professional skill assessments; partly by peers and partly by module teachers.

Reading Lists

Timetable