Bi5021 Invertebrate seminary

Faculty of Science
Spring 2017
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
prof. Mgr. Stanislav Pekár, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
doc. Dipl. Biol. Jiří Schlaghamerský, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
prof. Mgr. Stanislav Pekár, Ph.D.
Department of Botany and Zoology - Biology Section - Faculty of Science
Contact Person: doc. Dipl. Biol. Jiří Schlaghamerský, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Botany and Zoology - Biology Section - Faculty of Science
Mon 20. 2. to Mon 22. 5. Thu 15:00–16:50 D31/238
The target group for this seminar are the students working on a bachelors or masters thesis in the field of ecology or biosystematics of terrestrial invertebrates. Participation of doctoral students and the department's teachers working in this field is also assumed.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The seminar provides the students with topical information on and the possibility to discuss research in the given field going on at the Department of Botany and Zoology (and further institutions with similar scope), on bachelor, master and doctoral theses (worked on or planned by the seminar participants), on fundamental methodological issues, on experience gained during study stays at other institutions, on basic approaches as well as on novel trends in the field, and on the possibilities of work in the field after graduation. The main objectives are to 1) get a broad overview of basic approaches and methods used to study various aspects of the biology and ecology of terrestrial invertebrates (exceeding the scope of ones own research project); 2) to get an overview of research topics of institutions (mainly the domestic ones) working in the given field; 3) to acquire the ability to follow a technical lecture and to participate in a technical discussion (for instance asking questions) both in Czech and English; and 4) to acquire (get to know and practise) the skills of presenting own research projects and their results as well as the results of desk-top studies (literature search etc.) according to the practice established in the field (concisely, clearly and catching the attention of the audience) both in Czech and English. These objectives are to be reached in a gradual process by participating in the seminar over several semesters.
  • The seminar synopsis is subject to change in dependence on the composition of its participants, their needs and how advanced they are. A fundamental part of the programme are presentations of the participants, in the first place: introductions to their own bachelor, master of doctoral thesis - introducing objectives and background; interim reports on the course of work and the results obtained so far; presentations of the completed theses as a preparatory step for the official thesis defense procedure; presentations of talks to be given or already given at scientific meetings. Each presentation is followed by a discussion (regarding content and form) and is also usually preceded by a tutorial with the head of the seminar or the thesis supervisor. Members of the Research Group, who have not enrolled in the course (teachers, researchers, doctoral students) present their research in a corresponding way. Another substantial part of the seminar are lectures of members of the Research Group or the Department, and of invited guests from other institutions (domestic and foreign) devoted to various topics of terrestrial invertebrate research. Additional parts of the programme are for instance excursions to other institutions (e.g. the Entomological Dept. of the Moravian Museum).
  • Další literatura dle aktuální potřeby / Further literature depending on current requirements
  • KATUŠČÁK, Dušan, Barbora DROBÍKOVÁ and Richard PAPÍK. Jak psát závěrečné a kvalifikační práce : jak psát bakalářské práce, diplomové práce, dizertační práce, specializační práce, habilitační práce, seminární a ročníkové práce, práce studentské vědecké a odborné činnosti,. [1. české vyd.]. Nitra: Enigma, 2008. 161 s. ISBN 9788089132706. info
  • ŠESTÁK, Zdeněk. Jak psát a přednášet o vědě. Illustrated by Hana Kymrová. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia, 1999. 204 s. ISBN 8020007555. info
Teaching methods
Reading of scientific literature on research issues and approaches in the field (homework) and their subsequent presentation in the seminar. Preparing talks about own research (bachelor's, master's or doctoral thesis) and on experience relevant in the field (participation in scientific meetings, internships, travel to natural areas of interest) and their presentation. Lectures of invited specialists. Class discussion.
Assessment methods
Credits are given for active participation in the seminar. Participants should not be absent more than twice per semester and should take part in discussions as well as preparing and presenting own talks (papers) on agreed topics.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2007 - for the purpose of the accreditation, Spring 2008 - for the purpose of the accreditation, Spring 2011 - only for the accreditation, Autumn 2010 - only for the accreditation, Autumn 2004, Autumn 2005, Autumn 2006, Spring 2007, Autumn 2007, Spring 2008, Autumn 2008, Spring 2009, Autumn 2009, Spring 2010, Autumn 2010, Spring 2011, Autumn 2011, Spring 2012, Autumn 2011 - acreditation, spring 2012 - acreditation, Autumn 2012, Spring 2013, Autumn 2013, Spring 2014, Autumn 2014, Spring 2015, Autumn 2015, Spring 2016, Autumn 2016, autumn 2017, spring 2018, Autumn 2018, Spring 2019, Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020, autumn 2021.
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