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Postgraduate Course: Research Project Proposal (QGGA) (PGBI11106)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Biological Sciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryPreparation for the MSc Project is an important component of MSc Programmes. This course will focus on the development of a project outline, usually provided by the supervisor, into a full project proposal with evaluation of datasets, hypotheses and power calculations as appropriate. This course is a replacement for PGBI 11007 Mini Research Project
Course description Teaching methods to be used:
* Lecture (1)
* Whole Class Tutorial (1) **
* Tutorial Group Meeting (1)
* Self-learning

** A further 3 Tutorial Group meetings will follow, as part of the Summer Research Project.

Preparation for the MSc Project is an important component of MSc Programmes. However, the QGGA Exam Board found that in some cases MSc Projects recently taken by high-performing students have not offered sufficient scope to demonstrate excellence, either through limitations in the size or the quality of the data available, or because the time required for the student to become familiar with the specific methodology has put them under pressure. Earlier allocation of students to their main projects, followed up by the development of the student of this Project Proposal will allow the Exam Board to review the adequacy of MSc Projects at its May meeting.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 1, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 92 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Most of the time committed will be in independent study
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 80 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course will be assessed by a presentation (20%) and a scientific report taking the style of a research proposal (3500 words).
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. On completion of this course, the student will be able to critically evaluate the research literature
  2. The student will learn how to develop a structured research proposal
  3. The student will develop skills in the evaluation of relevant methodologies
  4. This course will present students opportunities to assess datasets and perform power calculations
  5. The student will acquire skills enabling them to write a detailed scientific report
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Abilities in critical review, in scientific writing and experience in project planning
Course organiserDr Jacob Moorad
Tel: (0131 6)50 5442
Course secretaryMrs Jennifer Morris
Tel: (0131 6)50 5513
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