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Practical basics of scientific work - MB130P16E
Title: Practical Basics of Scientific Work
Czech title: Praktické základy vědecké práce
Guaranteed by: Department of Experimental Plant Biology (31-130)
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Actual: from 2022 to 2022
Semester: winter
E-Credits: 2
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:0/2, C [HT]
Capacity: unlimited
Min. number of students: 5
For 4EU+ students: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: not taught
Language: English
Additional information:
Note: enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: RNDr. Jan Petrášek, Ph.D.
Incompatibility : MB130P16
Is incompatible with: MB130P16
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Last update: RNDr. Jan Petrášek, Ph.D. (11.03.2019)
The course gives information on the basics of scientific practise in modern experimental biology. It is devoted to students in the second and third year of their bachelor studies that intend to study experimental biology specializations. The basics of research practise, planning of experiments, methods of their evaluation, principles of laboratory work, guidelines for writing protocols and ethical rules will be described in detail. Participants will be informed about useful techniques of mining in scientific databases and handling with these data as well as about scientific contribution preparation (poster and oral presentations, scientific papers). Practical demonstrations of techniques useful for bachelor and master thesis writing will be strongly emphasized.

Literature -
Last update: RNDr. Jan Petrášek, Ph.D. (11.03.2019)

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All study texts and presentations could be downloaded from the web page of the course:

Requirements to the exam
Last update: RNDr. Jan Petrášek, Ph.D. (02.10.2022)

Credits will be obtained after submission of written exams on the searching, processing and presentation of bibliographic and scientometric data and preparation of the scientific manuscript.

Last update: RNDr. Jan Petrášek, Ph.D. (11.03.2019)

1. Basics of research work
1.1. The character of scientific work in the field of experimental biology
1.2. Observation and experiment - two general approaches
1.3. Scientific institutions and organizations, scientific conferences
1.4. Ethical rules of scientific work
1.5. Financing of the scientific research
1.6. Writing scientific projects and grant proposals, basic rules

2. Helpful hints in the processing of experimental data
2.1. Organization of work, type of data
2.2. Data explorers, correct data handling and saving
2.3. Spreadsheets, statistical software, graph editors
2.4. Processing of structural and sequence data
2.5. Image analysis, graphical software, presentation software

3. Scientific literature, online resources at the internet
3.1. Types of scientific reports and their purpose
3.2. Internet sources of information
3.3. How to search for bibliographic records and full text articles
3.3.1. Bibliographic databases accessible at our faculty
3.3.2. Full text databases accessible at our faculty
3.3.3. Creating your own database of references
3.4. Scientometry - a tool for the evaluation of quality and scientific relevance of scientific work

4. Online information databases in the experimental biology
4.1. Sequence databases - tool of systems biology
4.2. Specialized sequence databases

5. Presentation of experimental results
5.1. Bachelor thesis
5.2. Diploma thesis
5.3. Dissertation thesis
5.4. Scientific contributions at the conferences and seminars
5.5. Scientific report/paper

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