Collections-based Biology in Dublin

Teaching in the Museum

Teaching aspects of this partnership for collections-based biology (CoBiD) include undergraduate and post-graduate training as well as adult education. Information is available below from CoBiD teaching programmes; learning outcomes and specific details on content and evaluation are available through individual course pages.

Hit the Floor Running

Special panel discussion from the American Assocation of Museums 2006: virtual presentations, and example course outlines for museum education. [link]

Courses and Content

Through hands-on experience "behind the scenes" in the natural history museum, our students are able to learn in great depth about the diversity of resources available through natural history collections (in Dublin, and worldwide), and how specimen-based studies reach through all aspects of organismal biology. We teach transferrable research skills that benefit students in any area of life sciences. Our particular foci in teaching are Sytematics (the study of evolutionary relationships) and Biodiversity (investigating the biological diversity of our planet).

CoBiD offers three taught courses annually, in addition to practical modules for other related courses and ongoing training efforts. If you are an instructor interested in learning more about using the Natural History Museum as a teaching tool for biodiversity, please contact us.

UCD ZOOL 40060: Biodiversity Collections Research

UCD Adult Education (autumn): Dead Zoo- Behind the scenes at the Natural History Museum [not offered in 2007]

UCD Adult Education (spring): Dead Zoo Two- Saving the Skins in the Natural History Museum [not offered in 2007]

CoBiD-UREKA: International summer research programme for undergraduate students, funded by Science Foundation Ireland

Student benefits from CoBiD courses:

  1. Understanding the research process
  2. Experience in working scientific environment
  3. Systematics training: students will be able to
    • identify organisms
    • contribute to writing identification keys and handbooks
  4. Developing scientific observation skills
  5. Report writing and documentation
  6. Computer skills
    • spreadsheets
    • database constructions
  7. Attention to detail
  8. Networking: interactions to working scientists within NMINH and UCD, and other
    institutions, through common interests in NMINH material
  9. Curatorial skills
  10. Collections enhancement
    • contributing new material to permanent museum collections
    • cataloguing and databasing existing historical collections