EAS720 Basics of ecological research

Code EAS720
Name Basics of ecological research
Status Compulsory/Courses of Limited Choice
Level and type Undergraduate Studies, Academic
Field of study Environmental Engineering and Management
Faculty Department of Environment and Energy Systems
Academic staff Indra Muižniece, Kārlis Valters, Krišs Spalviņš, Jūlija Gušča, Lauma Žihare, Miķelis Dzikēvičs
Credit points 4.0 (6.0 ECTS)
Parts 1
Annotation The course aims to give students an idea of the basic principles of scientific research. During lectures and practical work students will learn a range of various topics staring with the philosophical insights of science and its role in society, formulation of hypotheses and experimental planning, and ending with the statistical data processing, advanced reading and understanding, as well as elaboration of scientific publications. The course also includes information on instrumental methods to analyze environmental and biological samples, visits to the research centers..
Goals and objectives
of the course in terms
of competences and skills
Competences: Understanding of the basic principles and importance of the scientific research, its role in society, environmental indicators. Knowledge how to plan the environmental research, carry out proper measurements, and statistically process the empirical data. ?Know–how for search of scientific publications, reading, preparation of publications. Overview on various research methods employed in the environmental research activities. Skills: Able to plan a scientific study in the level of
Learning outcomes
and assessment
Student has an overview on various alternative environmental impact assessment tools and is able to choose among them the most appropriate in order to tackle the problem identified. - Type of evaluation: Exam. Criteria: Student seeing the outline of the problem, is able to choose an appropriate research method.
Student is able to critically assess the environmental indicators and to define the new indicators. - Type of evaluation: Practical work, exam. Evaluation criteria: Students have assessed existing and defined new environmental indicators describing a particular environmental problem.
Student is able to statistically process the data obtained. - Type of evaluation: Practical work, exam. Evaluation criteria: The student has performed a statistical analysis of the data.
Student is able to find the relevant scientific literature, able to work with the data bases offered by the RTU library. - Type of evaluation: Practical work, exam. Evaluation criteria: The student has found relevant scientific publications in the library of RTU.
Student is able to critically read and analyze scientific publications. - Type of evaluation: Practical work, the course work, exam. Evaluation criteria: The student has prepared a critical review of the selected scientific publication.
Student can present the results of own research in a good way. - Type of evaluation: Practical work. Criteria: The student has prepared and presented a good scientific presentation.
Course prerequisites Specific prerequisites are not required.

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