Barcelona, Spain

Project Design Based on Mediterranian Biodiversity

when 20 June 2022 - 8 July 2022
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 850

The course has a high practical content to explore the Mediterranean biodiversity, that include trips to Costa Brava and work in the field. Therefore, student is required to have swimming skills and to bring adequate equipment for working in the sea and in the field (appropriate clothing and footwear).

Based on a fictitious project call, the student will learn the steps to follow to create a project. At the same time, the student will conduct fieldwork and laboratory work/practices to analyze the processes of sampling, logistics and the expected potential results, in order to draft a project based on one of the study methodologies provided. Furthermore, the student will learn concepts about habitats and biodiversity associated with the sampling performed during the course.

This course take place in four scenarios: in the classroom, in the field, in the laboratory and in the computer room. In the classroom, theoretical knowledge of terrestrial sampling and marine sampling associated to different organisms and habitats will be exposed, and the factors that regulate them will be introduced. In the field (both in marine and terrestrial ecosystems), the student will practice some sampling techniques to know different groups of organisms or habitats. A special emphasis will be placed on analyzing the sampling process, logistics and the potential results, in order to design the project. In the laboratory, the samples obtained in the field will be analyzed, and again, the student will deepen in the process, the logistics and the analysis of potential results. In the computer room, from the theoretical 4 concepts and practical work (field and laboratory), students could search information to design and draft the project proposal. The project proposed by the student will be a free theme to in stimulate creativity, but it must satisfy the basis of the project call

Course leader

Ana Morton, Xavier Munill, Ona Font and Marta Martín Flix
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona/ Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)

Target group

The UAB Barcelona Summer School is open to standing local and international undergraduates and graduates students. International students who have been accomplished the first year of their undergraduate or at least the 50% of their first year credits at their home university could also be enroled at the programme. A working knowledge of the language instruction is highly recommended.

Course aim

This course aims at introducing the student to the creative and conceptual process of a research project based on field sampling techniques (marine and terrestrial fieldwork).

Based on a fictitious project call, the student will learn the steps to follow to create a project. At the same time, students will conduct fieldwork and laboratory work/practices to analyze the processes of sampling, logistics and the expected potential results, in order to draft a project based on one of the study methodologies provided. Furthermore, students will learn concepts about habitats and biodiversity associated with the sampling performed during the course.

Fee info

EUR 850: The course fee for international and national students (non-UAB students) is € 850 but those who register before April 30 will get 20% discount.

Scholarships

No but there is 20% discount on the tuition fee if prospective students register before April 30th.