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

Postgraduate Course: Scientific Methodology (AWAB11034)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryTopics include: scientific methodology, experimentation, use of Minitab, data summary and distribution and both parametric and non-parametric statistical methods. At the end of this course, students will be able to apply scientific and statistical methods to actual research projects. Students will also be able to discuss reasonably complex statistical issues with a statistician. Attention will also be given to communication skills (oral and written).
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Introduction to Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare (AWAB11014) AND Biology of suffering (AWAB11015) AND Animal cognition and consciousness (AWAB11016)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs none
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThe topics covered in this course 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 Semester 1
Course Start Date 19/09/2016
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 15, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Revision Session Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 151 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 45 %, Practical Exam 15 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Oral presentation of dissertation project (10%) February
Feedback For this course students are asked to submit one formative assignment, which is a written piece of work. Written feedback will be provided.
Summative assignments are:
Summative assignments are: an oral presentation of the zoo project, a written report of the zoo project, and an exam.
For all assignments oral and/or written feedback will be given.
Marks and feedback will be given within 15 working days (25 days over the Christmas period). a written piece of work, an exam and an oral presentation.
Written feedback will be given for the written piece of work and the presentation and also, on request, for the exam.
Marks and feedback will be given within 15 working days.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Scientific Methodology Paper 12:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Have an understanding of scientific method and statistical concepts, and be able to apply this using statistical analysis software e.g. Minitab.
  2. Have an understanding of, and ability to critique, experimental design and statistical analysis.
  3. Be at ease with data handling and basic statistics as used in applied animal behaviour and welfare.
  4. Be able to integrate and communicate experimental design and results orally and written.
  5. To gain confidence in how to use knowledge of scientific method in future careers.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Tamsin Coombs
Course secretaryMs Natalie Honeyman
Tel: (0131 6)51 3194
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