Postgraduate Course: Research Methods in Equine Science (EQSC11034)
|School||Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Topics 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 producing a research proposal.
This course is compulsory for students intending to undertake the MSc dissertation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||The topics covered in this course are integrated with those covered in previous courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1)
||Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Online Activities 36,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Statistics assignment (50%)
Research proposal (50%)
||Feedback is defined as information to students which allows them to review what they know, understand and can do in their studies. Feedback is also important to identify areas for improvement, for example course feedback surveys and a response from the equine science team to previous year's course survey are available on each course. Staff Student Liaison meetings are also another valuable way in which feedback from students can be received.
Opportunities for feedback arise during timetabled courses, for example during live session tutorials, discussion boards, emails, telephone communication and in person/on campus. Feedback can be provided on coursework assignments but also activities which are not formally assessed, for example class discussion on the discussion board, group exercise, problem-solving and developing project plans and proposals. A formative task is provided in each course which provides formative feedback prior to the student submitting their first piece of assessed course work.
All assignments, including the formative assessment, will be marked and feedback is provided within a period of fifteen working days (where possible) following the submission date (excluding holidays periods whereby the University of closed, e.g. over the Christmas period)
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Explain scientific and statistical concepts.
- Design, plan, analyse (using Minitab) and write-up simple experiments.
- Apply scientific and statistical methods in research projects.
- Discuss statistical issues with a statistician.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Mrs Bryony Waggett
Tel: (0131 6)50 8783
|Course secretary||Mrs Elizabeth Wright
Tel: (0131 6)51 7363
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