Pioneers of zoology
Time: 19:45 - 21:15
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HS276
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course will introduce you to a menagerie of scientists from the Age of Discovery through to the 20th century. Meet daring, ingenious and sometimes eccentric individuals who pushed all boundaries to bring zoological discoveries to light. Some explored beyond the edges of the map, others broke the mould of conformity, and some were never seen again.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
The stories of a selection of scientists or explorers who advanced the field of zoology through pioneering thought and adventure.
- What did they do?
- What were their main discoveries?
- How did their discoveries change people’s understanding of natural science at the time?
- How relevant is their work today?
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Plot a timeline of major breakthroughs in natural science from the 15th to the 20th century
- Name individuals who advanced the field and describe their lives and discoveries
- Discuss the importance of those discoveries today
- Understand how to further your interest, including knowledge of places of interest to visit within London.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course and is open to all. No prior knowledge of the subject is required. However, you will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course and participate fully in discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will mainly be taught through a tutor presentation. There will also be discussion, Q&A, individual learning tasks and viewing websites and videos.
Notes and learning resources will be available on Google Classroom following each class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs, but you may wish to bring paper and pen for taking notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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Brenna Boyle (B.Sc Hons Dunelm, M.Sc DIC) is a zoologist, wildlife guide and environmental teacher. She runs Wild Capital and also works for two urban environmental education charities. She is often to be found wading in either the River Thames or Deptford Creek. Her favourite species is the Long-tailed Tit.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.