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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation in Food Security (PGGE11178)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThe dissertation as an extended piece of scholarship in which students have the opportunity to study in some depth a topic of their own choosing. The subject will be chosen iteratively on the basis of students┐ own interests, what relevant staff are able to supervise, and what is feasible given the literature and time available.

The dissertation allows the student to develop depth of comprehension and critical analysis. The dissertation should have clearly defined objectives and boundaries, achievable in the time and word length available.
The exact format of the dissertation will vary from case to case depending on the work done. It may take the form of a scientific experiment, a literature review, a management plan. Its object is to provide the student with an opportunity for demonstrating their competence in the chosen area of study.

In the past students have written dissertations on local food production, applying food security assessment methods in particular locations, fisheries, nutrition, supply chain analysis to name a few.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 578 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Completion of a 10,000 word dissertation as outlined in the Programme Handbook.
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Learning Outcomes
1) Critical analysis and synthesis of information to support research themes.
2) Generating new knowledge to through experimentation or interpretation of previous studies.
3) Planning, conduction and reporting on investigations
4) Collecting recording and analysing data
5) Reviewing existing knowledge based on reports from previous studies
6) Production of scientific reports including appropriate referencing.
7) Written and verbal communication skills
8) Group and team work skills
9) Computer skills
10) Numeracy skills
11) Time management and organisational skills
12) Using the library and internet as sources of information.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsFood Security
Course organiserDr Fiona Borthwick
Tel: (0131) 535 4936
Course secretaryMrs Elspeth Martin
Tel: 0131 535 4198
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