BIOLOGY 5086 Cr= 1.5
CRITICAL SKILLS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION
This core course is a requirement for all new MSc students in the Ecology and Evolution stream.
This core course reviews expectations and responsibilities of graduate research in ecology and evolution. It trains students in communicating research in oral and written forms, and in the importance of understanding the deep history of ideas in their research field.
The course has four goals: i) to help incoming students in their many transition to graduate level research, ii) to introduce students to the importance of knowing the history of ideas in their chosen field, iii) to review the actual practises of ecological and evolutionary science, and iv) to review and practise good technique in written and oral scientific communication. This core course is compulsory for all incoming MSc students in Ecology and Evolution.
Dr. Norman Yan
212B Lumbers Bldg.
Telephone: 416-736-2100 ext. 22936
Class participation: 20%
oral presentation on the deep history of students field of research – 40%
review essay on the evolution of ideas and paradigm shifts in the student’s field of research – 40%
Students will be provided or assigned a list of papers for the course depending on their research area. Readings will be from published peer-reviewed journals such as: