Postgraduate Course: International Animal Welfare Dissertation (AWAB11035)
|School||Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The 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.
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)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Oral Presentation 1 - 10%
Oral Presentation 2 - 10%
Dissertation thesis - 80%
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Recognise the importance of planning and preparation required to undertake a research project (empirical or desk-based) - Develop a thorough understanding of the chosen subject area - Demonstrate the ability to collate and critically assess/interpret data/literature/legislation - Develop and ability to effectively communicate knowledge in a professional manner (written and oral) - Provide recommendations based on research findings.
- Develop a thorough understanding of the chosen subject area
- Demonstrate the ability to collate and critically assess/interpret data/literature/legislation
- Develop and ability to effectively communicate knowledge in a professional manner (written and oral)
- Provide recommendations based on research findings.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Fritha Langford
Tel: (0131 6)51 7448
|Course secretary||Mr Michael Winpenny
Tel: (0131 6)50 8825