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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies : Veterinary Sciences

Postgraduate Course: Diploma dissertation in animal biosciences (VESC11009)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits30 ECTS Credits15
SummaryThe course aims to develop the student's skills and knowledge in a specific area of animal bioscience. The student will prepare a research outline based on a laboratory (or bioinformatic) research project and then will carry out the project under the supervision of a member of the Roslin Institute staff. The project will involve techniques including but not limited to those experienced in the first part of the course. The student will work as an independent researcher and interact with other laboratory members as a full member of the group, including presenting at laboratory meetings. The dissertation will be in the format of a short scientific paper for a relevant journal.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesCompleted degree at Bachelor level in biological sciences or other relevant discipline
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 300 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 292 )
Assessment (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Assessment Methods
Additional Information (Assessment) Research proposal 30%
Dissertation 50%
Assessment of laboratory performance 20%
Feedback Feedback and marks for all items will be given within fifteen working days of the submission date where possible. For the major written items, students will submit an abstract/outline before the final due date, and receive feedback within two days to guide their preparation. Feedback on computer and laboratory activities will be provided during the session. All written items will be marked by at least two markers.

Opportunities for feedback arise within timetabled classes (tutorials, practicals, lectures) as well as more formally through comments on specific pieces of work. Feedback can be provided not only on coursework assignments, tests and exam answers, but also on activities that are not formally assessed such as class discussions, group exercises, problem solving, and in the course of developing project plans and proposals. Course staff will endeavour to provide timely feedback on all activities.

No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. design and carry out experiments independently;
  2. have a good understanding of the etiquette and requirements for harmonious laboratory work;
  3. have been part of a research team;
  4. know how to present the results of a research project in professional format
  5. have taken into account the ethical issues and paid attention to the principles of reduction, replacement, and refinement in animal research
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserDr Kim Summers
Tel: 0131 527 4200
Course secretaryMrs Eleanor Graham
Tel: (0131 6)51 3194
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