DESCRIPTION OF COURSE UNIT


1.

Code

Course unit title

Title of the degree programme

LLL17B000056

Perception of the Natural World for Further Career

Elective subject


2.

Name of lecturer(s)

Departament(s)

Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Vainius Smalskys (vai@mruni.eu)

a. o: Prof. Dr. Vainius Smalskys

Institute of Public Administration


3.

Cycle of course unit

Level of course unit

Type of course unit

I

Not applicable

Optional


4.

Mode of delivery

Year of study and semester when the course unit is delivered

Language of instruction

Face to face and distance learning

1 semester

Lithuanian


5.

Study requirements

Prerequisites:

Co-requisites:

Work placement(s):

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable


7.

Number of ECTS credits allocated

Student's workload

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours

6

162

66

96


8.

Purpose of the course unit

To achieve that students develop social and ethical responsibility and perception of the natural world based on improved knowledge about nature, the world’s biological diversity and its investigations, legal regulations on the protection of animals and plants, changes in the biological diversity an future forecasts as well as acquire skills for creativity, critical thinking, improved communication and orientation in the surrounding natural environment essential for various professional activities (career). The study course is for students of all study programmes, especially for future bachelor graduates in law, public administration, political science, philosophy, social work, education, pedagogy, communication and social security.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Teaching and learning methods

Assessment methods

Acquire knowledge about the crisis of the biological diversity, the world’s universal problems, likely scenarios of the Earth’s climate change, the main centres of the biological diversity, animals and plants of exotic regions and Lithuania, approach to nature by people of ancient civilisations and contemporary generations, dangerous organisms, unusual ecosystems, research carried out by scientists and the everyday life of their profession and international and Lithuanian legal regulations on protection of animals and plants

Problematic lectures and seminars, field research classes, logical tasks containing only part of the required information (i.e. limited information) and requiring the student to present well-reasoned and scientific personal assumptions, individual project, guided and not guided reading, information retrieval tasks, case studies, problem-based learning, discussion, individual project

Questioning, assessment of results of preparation for seminars and literature analysis, presentation and assessment of individual project

Develop their creative potential, critical thinking and abilities to orient themselves in the surrounding biological environment; enhance their skills in selecting and evaluating information and communicating (clearly expressing their thoughts and explaining natural objects and phenomena)

Interpretation of biodiversity data, information retrieval tasks, analysis of sources, raising hypotheses and their verification, the methods of „Thesis and antithesis“, „Assumptions“, „Identification by rejection“, modeling of non-typical situations, various creative methods ("Tell another term“, "Recognize me“, and others), training of performance of oral communication (chief requirements and ways of practical applications), individual project, discussion

Assessment of biodiversity data mapping and hypotheses, assessment of individual portfolio, assessment of solved logical task containing only part of the required information (i.e. limited information) and requiring the student to present well-reasoned and scientific personal assumptions, assessment of results of training of performance of oral communication, assessment of individual project

Learn how to protect themselves from diseases caused by parasitic organisms; develop the perception of the natural world based on improved knowledge of oneself and nature as well as awareness of the social and ethical responsibility

Excursions to scientific laboratories, modeling of non-typical situations, various creative methods ("When it depends on me“, and others), discussion about the social and ethical responsibility of human and specialists in law, public administration, political science, philosophy, social work, education, pedagogy, communication and social security; preparation for essay

Assessment of activity during classes, excursions and discussions, opinion poll, self-reflection, essay


9.

Course contens

Topics

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours and tasks

Tasks

PART 1. HUMAN AND NATURE

1. Major global issues, treats, and problems. Biodiversity crisis

4

2

6

3

retrieval tasks, preparation of individual project and portfolio

2. Inventory and centres of biodiversity: why it is so important to know

4

2

6

3

retrieval tasks, preparation of individual project and portfolio

3. Can the Amazon rainforest develope to savannah: main causes and consequences to the world and us

4

4

2

retrieval tasks, preparation of individual project and portfolio

4. The Himalaya and Andes: endemism and threats

2

2

1

retrieval tasks, preparation of individual project and portfolio

5. The Canary islands as a natural laboratory of the evolution

2

2

2

retrieval tasks, preparation of individual project and portfolio

6. Why beetles, moths and butterflies are so important. CITES list

4

4

2

retrieval tasks, preparation of individual project and portfolio

7. Mantids and cockroaches. CITES list

4

4

2

retrieval tasks, preparation of individual project and portfolio

8. Stick-insects and major orders of insects in the fauna of Lithuania. CITES list

4

4

2

retrieval tasks, preparation of individual project and portfolio

9. Why we should know about molluscs, crustaceans and arachnids? How dangerous are ticks in Lithuania

4

4

2

retrieval tasks, preparation of individual project and portfolio

PART 2. BIODIVERSITY ASPECTS WHICH ARE UNPLEASANT
10. Parasitic protists and caused diseases

2

2

4

4

retrieval tasks, preparation of individual project and portfolio

11. Parasitic worms and caused diseases in Lithuania

2

2

4

2

retrieval tasks, preparation of individual project and portfolio

12. Parasitic worms in subtropical and tropical (most dangerous or common deseases while we travel)

2

2

4

Literary analysis (part 2), preparation of individual project and portfolio

PART 3. SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
13. Scientist‘ routine and tasks

4

4

8

2

Literary analysis (part 3), preparation of individual project and portfolio, preparation for essay

14. Scientific fieldwork and expeditions in exotic regions

2

2

4

4

Preparation of individual project and portfolio

PART 4. BIODIVERSITY LEGAL DOCUMENTS (LEGISLATION)

15. International and Lithuanian legal regulations on protection of animals and plants, and the nomenclature

4

4

8

Literary analysis (part 4)

16. Why plant-mining insects are so important: theory and practice

2

2

4

Preparation of individual portfolio for presentation

17. Preparation of individual project

0

22

Final preparation of individual project for presentation

18. Preparation for examination

0

27

Preparation for test and essay

Exam

2

2

0

Exam

Overall

32

32

2

66

 

96

 


10.

Assessment strategy

Weighting percentage

Period or date of assessment

Assessment criteria

Tasks performance in seminars

20

During the semester

2 points: if the student very actively participated in discussions during the course showing analytical and evaluation skills and his/her personal viewpoint and is able apply ideas in a new and individual way; 1 point: if the student actively participated in discussions; 0 points: if the student not participated in discussions or not participated more than 1/3 classes

Project (individual project)

30

One week before end of semestre

Maximal evaluation for individual project (including the portfolio) is 3 points: 3 points if the student has presented very well prepared (structured) individual project including conceptual analysis of literary sources (no less than 10) and scientifically grounded conclusions that are in line with the text, and if the student is able to comment on their practical implementation in an explicit and reasoned manner, is able to independently relate knowledge with personal experience and future career, if the portfolio has been presented in time and in very good order (is full, well-illustrated, neat); 2 points if the student has presented prepared (structured) individual project including analysis of literary sources (no less than 6) and conclusions that are in line with the text, if the portfolio has been presented in time and in good order; 1 point if the student has presented individual project (including analysis of literary sources and conclusions), and the portfolio; 0 points: if the student has not presented individual project and the portfolio

Examination

50

During session

Essay (max. 3 points): 3 points if the student has showed analytical and evaluation skills and his/her personal viewpoint and is able apply biodiversity ideas in an individual way, made decisions assuming ethical responsibility, and is able to independently relate knowledge with personal experience and future career; 2 points if the student is able to relate knowledge with future career, made decisions assuming ethical responsibility; 1 point if the student presented essay; 0 points: if the student has not presented essay. Test (comprising 20 questions; value of each question is 0.1 point, in total 2 points): 2 points if the students has received no less than 95 % of potential assessments; 1.8 points – no less than 85 % of potential assessments; 1.6 points – no less than 75 %; 1.4 – no less than 65 %; 1.2 – no less than 55 %; 1 point – no less than 45 %; if the students receives less than 45 %, he/she gets no points