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Algae and Student Projects

Code: 208674
ECTS: 4.0
Lecturers in charge: izv. prof. dr. sc. Marija Gligora Udovič - Lectures
Lecturers: izv. prof. dr. sc. Marija Gligora Udovič - Seminar
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1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 30
Seminar 15
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
Course Objectives. Students will learn how to practically apply scientific kowlege together with conceptual understanding, with aim to enable them to establish effective biology classes, rules of safe work in school biology practical as well as in the nature, independently apply standard methods during experiments customized to students age and the proper interpretation of the results, be creative with presentation of lecture contents, make school models, permanent slides and collections of algae. Course enrolment requirements and entry competences required for the course. Students are required to have passing grade in previously attended course Algae and Mycota. Course content 1. General information about timeframe and outline of lectures. Review of study literature and Internet sources. Rules, regulations and necessary equipment. Students obligations and continuous progress monitoring. Assigning student projects. 2. Algae, as far as we know them, 1st part. Evolution of algal cell structure, comparative morphology, physiology and anatomy, reproduction, developmental cycles. 3. Algae, as far as we know them, 2nd part. Taxonomic classification, main characteristics of algal groups. 4. Significance of algae in a living world, Algology before and now. Significance of algae in scientific investigations, education and economic valorization. 5. Applied algology, Use of algae in everyday life. Anthropogenic influence, algae as indicators of trophic and saprobic status. Use of algae in water quality assessment according to EU Water Framework Directive (EU WFD). 6. Algology research, History overview of research in algology, definitions, scientific terminology, role of algae in assessment of environment, pharmacy, medicine and molecular research. 7. Anatomic, physiological and ethological adaptations of algae to the environment and ecological position within the ecosystem, Structural and functional characteristics of algae in relation to ecological factors in water ecosystems (water temperature, flow velocity, light, metabolic gasses, mineral salts). 8. The ecological importance of algae in different ecosystems, sea and the oceans vs. freshwater ecosystems. Diversity, seasonal dynamics of abundance and biomass, horizontal and vertical distribution of algae. Characteristics of planktonic, benthic and periphytic algal communities. 9. Design and implementation of components of algology project (subject and objective of the research, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, References) implementation and analysis. 10. Algae research in out of school environment, Preparation of work plan and programme, teacher preparation, preparation of students, equipment and material, protocols for collection and research of algae. 11. Techniques of collection, documenting and storage of algae, Methods of collecting algae material, rules for keeping documentation, preparation of algae herbarium, wet and permanent slides. 12. School models, Educational significance of algological models, creative workshop for students individual work. 13. Algological experiments, learning through experience as a base for student research. 14. Algological corner in school laboratory, Educational significance, creative workshop for students individual work. 15. Self evaluation of students projects about algae. Grading and evaluating student work in class and at the final exam Active participation in lectures 5 per cent, Independence and creativity in practical training 20 per cent, Project 50 per cent, Oral exam 25 per cent.
  1. David Hopkins: A Teacher's Guide To Classroom Research
  2. Judith Bell and Stephen Waters: Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First-time Researchers
  3. Louis Cohen, Lawrence Manion, Keith Morrison: Research Methods in Education
8. semester
Izborni predmeti biologija 2 / kemija 2 - Regular study - Biology and Chemistry Education
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