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This module will critically examine the developing role of citizen science approaches in biological and ecological disciplines and train students in the essential skills required to develop, run, and fund a citizen science (CS) project. The mutually inclusive roles of CS in data collection, science communication and public engagement will be critiqued through examination of the emerging literature in this field and through a case study approach of existing projects. Guest lecturers that run CS projects will be a core component of the module.
1. History, development and philosophy of citizen science 2. Modern approaches to CS – Web 2.0 and beyond 3. Critique of the role of CS in data collection, science communication and public engagement 4. Planning, running and funding CS projects
A student passing this module should be able to: 1. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of where CS approaches sit in historical and modern scientific landscapes 2. Understand the complex and evolving role of CS in science communication and public engagement 3. Discuss critically CS as a tool for collecting primary data 4. Analyse critically the role of CS approaches in science communication and public engagement and consider the relationship between these and data collection 5. Formulate, plan and potentially fund a CS project 6. Apply for funding for CS projects through nationally recognised funding bodies.
Scheduled Learning Hours: 24 Independent Study Hours: 126
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