Postgraduate Course: Dissertation (International Animal Health) (INAH11015)
|School||Deanery of Biomedical Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Production of a 10,000-15,000 dissertation exploring a relevant animal health topic.
The course will allow the candidate to analyse and present animal health-related data that they have already collected during the course of work conducted in their home country. Alternatively the candidate may wish to undertake a desk study to explore and develop a theme of relevance to their current working environment, or an area of interest that has arisen during their period of study on the MSc.
Students are expected to discuss possible dissertation options during their diploma study with their programme director. They should then submit a concept note by the end of September. This will allow a suitable University of Edinburgh supervisor to be allocated. Students then work with their supervisor on refining the concept note and a dissertation timeline. Students are expected to produce the dissertation along the timeline agreed and communicate regularly with their supervisor. Supervisors will comment on at least one draft of each chapter.
Students are expected to produce a thorough literature review on their chosen subject and analyse the data correctly. Supervisors will help guide the student with the dissertation, however, the writing of the dissertation must be student led.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| Students will be required to have regular access to a networked computer, and will be responsible for providing their own computing equipment and consumables.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 40,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Dissertation (10-15,000 words).
The University of Edinburgh's postgraduate common marking scheme will be used (assessment of dissertation component).
||Students will receive comments on first drafts of their dissertation. Upon submission a grade and feedback will be provided to the student after the Exam Board
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Plan and prepare a written research project (research or desk-based)
- Produce a comprehensive literature review on the chosen subject
- Demonstrate the ability to collate and to critically assess/interpret data/literature
- Develop an ability to effectively communicate knowledge in a scientific manner and provide recommendations based on research findings
- Reflect on the processes involved with the development of the dissertation
|Students will have access to previous dissertations that have been submitted, so that they can examine what is expected of them|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Graduate attributes: Skills and abilities in Research and Enquiry
To be able to exercise critical judgment in creating new understanding of international animal health issues
To be able to critically assess existing understanding and the limitations of their own knowledge and recognise the need to regularly challenge their knowledge and understanding by keeping abreast of current developments as part of a regular routine of self motivated continuing professional development
Students will have been taught the skills on where to search for up to date information that is relevant to their working environment and academic interests.
To have an informed respect for the principles, methods, standards, values and boundaries of their discipline(s) and the capacity to question these
On graduating our students will be able to recognise the importance of reflecting on their learning experiences and be aware of any limitations and how to address these.
Graduate Attributes: Skills and abilities in Personal and Intellectual Autonomy
To be open to new ideas, methods and ways of thinking. This is encouraged by the diverse portfolio of courses that the graduate may have chosen to include in their learning experience, challenging themselves both within their current sphere and also outside their normal comfort zone.
To be creative and imaginative thinkers, a feature that will have been enhanced by the variety of assessment methods though which they have been challenged to present, re-imagine, or discuss their learning materials.
Part-time, online learners will have learnt to be able to identify processes and strategies for learning. There is no rigid structure to their learning environment, beyond the established deadlines for continuous assessment. It is for the student to adapt their own circumstances to meet the challenges for this programme, continuous reflection; self-evaluation and self-improvement are fundamental skills in this process. This ensures an independent approach to assimilating knowledge and the knowledge of where to find relevant, additional resources and information.
The self selective student cohort, are all working professionals with a clear vision of where this qualification will place them within their own career pathways. The pace of learning and the support of a similarly minded cohort help ensure that these goals are achieved in a sustainable manner.
Graduate Attributes: Skills and abilities in Communication
To make effective use of written and visual means to critique, negotiate, create and communicate understanding. While oral skills are encouraged, until we are certain that the use of these technologies in our online programmes will not prohibit the contribution of any student due to their geographical circumstances, this suite of technologies has not been fully implemented.
The use of communication as a tool for collaborating and relating to others is vital in these online programmes, the vast majority of information is text based and students must be able to clearly present their thoughts, ideas and the logical progression of a discussion to one another.
Seek and value open feedback to inform genuine self-awareness. While on programme students are also encourage to participate in peer review, providing open and honest feedback in a clear and supportive manner. This open dialogue is vital in furthering the understanding of how their own performance might be improved.
Recognise the benefits of communicating with those beyond their immediate environments
Use effective communication to articulate their skills as identified through self-reflection.
Graduate Attributes: Skills and abilities in Personal Effectiveness
The development of confidence in their own skill set, and to appreciate and use their talents constructively, this is taken to include the ability to make decisions based on their understandings and their personal and intellectual autonomy
To create and harness collaborative opportunities through the development of professional networks, and knowledge of potential funding streams and other financial opportunities
To be able to flexibly transfer their knowledge, learning, skills and abilities from one context to another
To understand social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities and issues though membership of a global community of practise. This community encourages students to work together to capitalise on their different thinking, experience and skills in order to progress their knowledge and understanding.
To work with, manage, and lead others in ways that value their diversity and equality and that encourage their contribution to the organisation and the wider community
||This courses will be taught entirely by distance learning, using the virtual learning environment Learn as the delivery platform. Course materials are protected by secure username and password access, that will be made available to registered users.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||This course will be delivered online through Learn.
|Course organiser||Dr Ewan MacLeod
Tel: 0131 242 9379
|Course secretary||Miss Sarah Fraser
Tel: (0131 6)50 3289