551-0974-00L  Specialized Biology Course with an Educational Focus: Biological Concepts

SemesterSpring Semester 2021
LecturersE. Hafen, K. Köhler, H. Stocker
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman

AbstractSpecialist aspects of biology with a focus on biological concepts and misconceptions are covered from the angle of imparting these to pupils, their historical development, and their significance for the subject, the individual and society.
ObjectiveAfter successful completion of the module, students should be able

- to explain biological concepts and principles, as well as the way they fit together
- to recognise and to correct existing misconceptions
- to analyse controversial topics and to give factual explanations for these
- to conduct more in-depth work on a research topic and to compile a tuition unit based on this topic
- to prepare tuition units involving complex learning matter at a high specialist level which are suitably tailored to the recipients, and to teach these in a manner conducive to learning.
ContentSelected biological topics are dealt with under consideration of the special needs of persons involved in teaching.

The module comprises lectures, a book club, and a seminar thesis.
Lecture notesTeaching materials are available online on Moodle.
LiteratureLiterature and references are posted online on Moodle.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe Specialized Biology Course with an Educational Focus consists of two modules (6 CP each). In the fall semester, the focus is on evolution. The module of the spring semester deals with biological concepts. Students attending both modules can start with either module.

Performance is assessed during the course of the entire module. Active participation in the course is required. The electronic thesis and an oral presentation have to be completed.

The Specialized Biology Course with an Educational Focus (6+6 CP) can be acknowledged, in agreement with the advisor of the respective elective major, as one of the two obligatory research projects (each 15 CP). In such a case, additional 3 CP must be obtained in another course.

In case of overbooking of the course, students enrolled in the Teaching Diploma in Biology will have priority.