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

Postgraduate Course: Clinical Animal Behaviour Dissertation (AWAB11044)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThe dissertation course is designed to further develop the student┐s analytical skills and ability to utilise scientific, ethical or legal theory. The dissertation project is designed to further develop the student┐s understanding of the processes and planning involved in undertaking research and to develop their analytical written communication skills.
Course description The dissertation project involves the completion of a short ┐literature review┐ introduction and an Analytical Paper in which students are expected to carry out a formal academic study of their chosen topic. Students can choose to carry out an empirical study, ethical analysis, legal analysis or strategic policy planning exercise. Depending on the format this can include: experimental design (where possible), data collection, statistical analysis and interpretation; ethical analyses and interpretation; strategy plan, forecasting, production of policy position statements and interpretation; or breakdown of legislation, case studies and interpretation. This will be presented in the format of a paper to be published in the appropriate field.

Students will be given the option of undertaking either a research project involving data collection/analyses or a desk-based study from a list of available projects, or to produce a project proposal of their own for approval.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 01/08/2016
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 588 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Oral Presentation 1. 10%
Oral or Poster Presentation 2. 10%
Dissertation thesis 80%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Recognise the importance of planning and preparation required to undertake a research project (empirical or desk-based)
  2. Develop a thorough understanding of the chosen subject area
  3. Demonstrate the ability to collate and critically assess/interpret data/literature/legislation
  4. Develop and ability to effectively communicate knowledge in a professional manner (written and oral)
  5. Provide recommendations based on research findings.
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsReview,Design,Clinical Behaviour case studies,Analysis,Data,Presentation
Contacts
Course organiserDr Bernadette Dutia
Tel: (0131 6)50 6152
Email: B.Dutia@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMrs Angela Harding
Tel: (0131 6)51 7363
Email: Angela.Harding@ed.ac.uk
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