Advances in Primatology
Rhedir gan School of Natural Sciences
20.000 Credyd neu 10.000 Credyd ECTS
Semester 1 a 2
Trefnydd: Dr Isabelle Winder
This seminar module builds on BSX-2042 Introduction to Primatology and is only open to students on the BSc/MZool Zoology with Primatology degree pathway. It will extend and deepen on core knowledge of the discipline by delving extensively into the primary literature and encourage students to develop critical analysis skills. Topics covered will span the breadth of the discipline and may vary from year to year depending on current advances and areas of debate in the literature, as well as the specific interests of the students
Each seminar session will focus on a specific topic from the field of Primatology and build on staff research expertise and theoretical interest to present a thorough synthesis of current issues in the discipline.
An excellent student should show a nuanced and critical understanding of current debates in primatology, drawing on extensive factual knowledge of the historical context and the most recent advances in the field. Written work should demonstrate an ability to synthesise and interpret data from the primary literature and construct original interpretations. Presentations should promote engaged and insightful discussion that spans both the specific findings of studies and their broader implications for larger issues. In all aspects of their work students should be able to use their knowledge and understanding of issues to identify weaknesses in current theory and propose solutions to address major gaps in current knowledge (Grade A; mark range 70-100%)
A good student should understand and be able to describe the significance of current debates in primatology by showing an in-depth knowledge of both the historical context and the most recent advances in the field. Written work should demonstrate an ability to synthesise and interpret data from the primary literature in a structured and logical manner, and all assessments should demonstrate advanced capacity to organise acquired knowledge. Presentations should promote engaged discussion that spans both the specific findings of studies and their broader implications for larger issues (Grade B; mark range 60-69%)
A threshold student should have knowledge of the essential facts and key concepts discussed in the module. Written work should demonstrate an ability to synthesise and interpret data from the primary literature in a structured and logical manner, and all assessments should demonstrate the general capacity to organise acquired knowledge. Presentations should both elucidate important background concepts and promote original discussion of unresolved issues (Grade D or C; mark range 40-59%)
Summarise, synthesise and present key ideas, concepts and recent advances in primatology for discussion in seminar and in writing.
Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of central issues in the field of primatology based on reading and discussion of both seminal and recent papers.
Identify a topic for an original critical review of the literature and use primary sources to construct original, coherent and detailed arguments.
Apply broad understanding of zoological concepts and approaches to the specific objectives of the field and compare and contrast advances in other fields of related disciplines with those in primatology.
Critically evaluate the most recent advances in primatology in the historical context of key debates.
|GWAITH CWRS||Critical Review #1||
For BSX-3163, you will write two short critical papers, one per semester. The first (Critical Review #1) will be due at the end of Semester One.
|GWAITH CWRS||Critical Review #2||
Your second critical review paper (Critical Review #2) will be due at the end of Semester Two, and will cover content and themes from the second semester seminars.
|CYFLWYNIAD UNIGOL||In-class presentations||
During the module, each student will be asked to present at least once per semester. The first time you do this will be formative, and the second (to take place in semester two) will be summative.
Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu
Bi-weekly seminars (2 h) will run through both semesters. Students will prepare by reading the assigned readings ahead of each class meeting and participate in discussion. Some of the seminars will be student-lead (student picks topic and readings, prepares a short presentation and then leads discussion).
Reading papers, preparing for seminar discussion, research for papers, writing.
- Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
- Rhifedd - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio rhifau ar lefelau priodol o gywirdeb
- Defnyddio cyfrifiaduron - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio ystod o feddalwedd cyfrifiadurol
- Hunanreolaeth - Gallu gweithio mewn ffordd effeithlon, prydlon a threfnus. Gallu edrych ar ganlyniadau tasgau a digwyddiadau, a barnu lefelau o ansawdd a phwysigrwydd
- Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
- Adalw gwybodaeth - Gallu mynd at wahanol ac amrywiol ffynonellau gwybodaeth
- Sgiliau Rhyngbersonol - Gallu gofyn cwestiynau, gwrando'n astud ar atebion a'u harchwilio
- Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
- Cyflwyniad - Gallu cyflwyno gwybodaeth ac esboniadau yn glir i gynulleidfa. Trwy gyfryngau ysgrifenedig neu ar lafar yn glir a hyderus.
- Dadl - Gallu cyflwyno, trafod a chyfiawnhau barn neu lwybr gweithredu, naill ai gydag unigolyn neu mewn grwˆp ehangach
Sgiliau pwnc penodol
- PS1 Communication skills, covering both written and oral communication with a variety of audiences
- PS2 Skills in the employment of common conventions and standards in scientific writing, data presentation, and referencing literature
- PS3 Problem-solving skills, relating to qualitative and quantitative information
- PS4 Numeracy and mathematical skills, including handling data, algebra, functions, trigonometry, calculus, vectors and complex numbers, alongside error analysis, order-of-magnitude estimations, systematic use of scientific units and different types of data presentation
- PS5 Information location and retrieval skills, in relation to primary and secondary information sources, and the ability to assess the quality of information accessed
- PS8 Time management and organisational skills, as evidenced by the ability to plan and implement efficient and effective ways of working
- PS6 Information technology skills which support the location, management, processing, analysis and presentation of scientific information
- PS14 Independent learning skills required for continuing professional development
- PS15 The ability to think critically in the context of data analysis and experimental design
Rhestrau Darllen Bangor (Talis)http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/bsx-3163.html
A reading list of primary sources will be available.
Cyrsiau sy’n cynnwys y modiwl hwn
Gorfodol mewn cyrsiau:
- C329: BSc Zoology with Primatology year 3 (BSC/ZP)
- C32P: Zoology with Primatology with Placement Year year 4 (BSC/ZPP)
- C333: MZool Zoology with Primatology year 3 (MZOOL/ZP)
- C33P: MZool Zoology with Primatology with Placement Year year 4 (MZOOL/ZPP)