Level of Study
This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. Application deadline is Thursday in week 33 for the autumn semester. Please see this page for more information: https://www.uib.no/en/matnat/53431/admission-courses-limited-capacity
You will receive confirmation of whether you received a spot in Studentweb no later than Tuesday the week after the deadline.
This is a course with limited capacity and will only be offered to Master's programme students at the Department of Biological Sciences.
The time of the first lecture/orientation meeting can be found in the schedule on the course website or on the Mitt UiB learning platform.
It is mandatory to attend the first lecture.
Place of Instruction
Objectives and Content
The course will teach students how to write a master thesis and a research paper, and the structure of classical IMRaD-papers in science. The course includes practical training in scientific writing, collaboration, presenting research, and in giving and receiving feedback on texts (peer-review).
The course will cover the elements of an IMRaD paper, including text structure, language, citations etc., as well as academic writing and co-writing, production of graphics, collection of data, basic ethics of scientific writing and practical library skills. The students will produce an IMRaD-paper partly with their group, and partly as an individual exercise.
After taking this course the students should be able to:
- write a master thesis in the IMRaD format
- ask a research question, formulate hypotheses, collect relevant data, and make figures
- write scientific text with flow and style, and critical use of core scientific literature
- present a research project in relevant formats
- work with peers to improve a draft text
Required Previous Knowledge
Bachelor's degree in biology or equivalent. The course is limited to master programme students at the Department of Biological Sciences.
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
BIO300: 5 ECTS
Teaching and learning methods
Forms of Assessment
Examination Support Material
The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester.
Students will evaluate the course in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the Department. You can find courseevaluations in the Quality Assurance Reports.
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.
The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Department of Biological Sciences has the administrative responsibility for the course and program.