Undergraduate Course: Student Research Component (BVMS11010)
|School||Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Year 5 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Course overview and introduction
The Student Research Component in Years 3-5 (SRC) is an important component of your Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery (BVM&S) course. It is a standalone 20 credit course, worth 10%
of your Final Year mark.
It counts as 6 weeks clinical Extramural Studies (EMS) for Clinical and Research projects, 2 weeks Literature Reviews, and 4 weeks HEA projects (see later).
Purpose - Initiate, plan and carry out a research project.
Subject - Area of veterinary medicine of your choice.
Aim - To enhance your skills, knowledge and attitudes, to increase the options component of the curriculum and give you more control over some of your own learning.
The onus is on you to set up your project in Year 3. You will complete your SRC by Year 5. Your project should be equivalent to approximately 6 weeks clinical EMS (but please note for Literature Reviews only 2 weeks can be counted). The experience will allow you to gain insight and in-depth knowledge into a specific area of veterinary medicine, whilst having the responsibility for planning, implementing and evaluating your project activities. The outcomes of your project will be many and varied, and sometimes surprising.
Aims of the SRC
Develop your ability to work independently;
Play your part working in a team (in clinical practice or in a laboratory);
Initiate, plan, organise, perform, analyse, evaluate and then present a written report;
Improve your skills in accessing and critically appraising original literature in a specific area;
Collect, analyse, and critically and objectively present data in the context of hypothesis testing, current knowledge and literature;
Work in-depth on an area/specialty of your choice;
Develop your understanding and appreciation of the ethical aspects of veterinary/medical
By the end of your SRC you should be able to:
Direct your own research project and further learning;
Demonstrate commitment to your project and, where appropriate, to the work of the team, despite any setbacks;
Demonstrate willingness to share your time, ideas and abilities to benefit your project, the work of the team and to contribute to the development of veterinary medical knowledge;
Demonstrate responsibility and sensitivity as a researcher to the ethical aspects of your research project;
Recognise the risks and uncertainties generated by advances in veterinary medicine.
You will be able to demonstrate the ability to:
Work independently and within deadlines through all stages of the research project;
Set your own objectives and performance targets and timetable to ensure progress, with an ability to adapt plans in changing circumstances;
Develop a project hypothesis;
Determine appropriate methodologies and experimental designs;
Recognise the importance of controls;
Work effectively in a team showing collaborative, supportive and leadership skills where appropriate;
Work with your supervisor to ensure appropriate and timely assessment of your project;
Utilise information technology (IT) and computing skills to search, communicate, collect and store data and documents, and prepare a report;
Critically assess your own data;
Critically assess other literature in your project field;
Produce a concisely written report ;
Give verbal accounts of your project, informally to your supervisor and team members.
You will be able to:
Discuss your research in depth;
Describe the appropriate methodologies to answer your research hypothesis.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 4,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 1,
Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 8,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 11,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Additional Information (Learning and Teaching)
The student and project will determine the number of dissertation project supervision hours.
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Feedback is an important aspect of the SRC. You will likely have received wide ranging formative feedback in several ways throughout the course of your project. Virtually all of it will have been given informally by your supervisor and perhaps other members of staff from whom you have received help or input, for instance during discussions in planning, analysing, interpreting and appraising
findings, and writing up.
Recognise it as feedback - Analyse and decode it - Internalise and take it on board - Learn from these previous experiences, feed forward and utilise in your next task
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Develop your research skills, including consideration of hypotheses, critical appraisal, data analysis and ethics
- Build upon a broad range of professional and personal skills, including team working, communication, time and resource management
- Provide an opportunity for insights into ca reer choices and professional development
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Jill MacKay
Tel: (0131 6)50 6122
|Course secretary||Ms Lindsay Dalziel
Tel: (0131 6)50 7601