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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies : Animal Welfare and Animal Behaviour

Postgraduate Course: Dissertation (AWAB11033)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThe dissertation project involves the completion of a short Literature Review and an Experimental Paper in which students are expected to carry out experimental design (where possible), data collection, statistical analysis and interpretation. This will be presented in the format of a scientific paper.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Introduction to Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare (AWAB11014) AND Biology of suffering (AWAB11015) AND Animal cognition and consciousness (AWAB11016) AND Scientific Methodology (AWAB11034) AND Animal Welfare Applications (AWAB11032) AND
Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Some travel costs. Living costs while on projet as normally incurred
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThe topics covered in the dissertation are integrated with those covered in previous courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Blocks 4-5 (Sem 2)
Course Start Date 20/02/2017
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 568 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Fieldwork hours is variable depending on project type, suggest 1hr meeting /week with supervisor
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Dissertation (60 credits) ┐ 100%
The student┐s progress will be discussed with the supervisor and if the student did not perform well in terms of general effort and reliability then a penalty of 1-5% may be applied by the Exam Board.
Feedback Students produce a thesis.
Marks for the thesis will be given after the Exam Board.
Dissertation marker comments will be provided on request.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Gather, interpret and discuss previous scientific research and generate a reference list using reference database software.
  2. Gain further knowledge about experimental design and carry out data collection and statistical analysis.
  3. Gain project related skills: working in a new team, planning, Health and Safety, ethical review, organisation and timekeeping.
  4. Present results, interpret results in a scientific context, and discuss implications of results for animal behaviour and welfare.
  5. Gain knowledge about scientific writing and presentation through practical application of these skills.
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements University insurance arrangements are in place.
Study Abroad Some students will do (part of) their dissertation abroad, or elsewhere in the UK.
KeywordsReview,Design,Analysis,Data,Presentation
Contacts
Course organiserDr Tamsin Coombs
Tel:
Email: tamsin.coombs@sruc.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Natalie Honeyman
Tel: (0131 6)51 3194
Email: Natalie.Honeyman@ed.ac.uk
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