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Undergraduate Course: Dissertation in Agriculture and Food Security (VETS10043)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThe dissertation course is designed to further develop the student's analytical skills and ability to generate and/or utilise scientific, policy, business, ethical or legal evidence, data or theory relevant to agrifood, environmental and associated domains. The dissertation project is designed to further develop the student's understanding of the processes and planning involved in undertaking research, evidence gathering and synthesis, and to develop their analytical, written and oral communication skills.
Course description Students can choose to carry out an experimental or desk-based research project, strategic policy or business planning exercise. Depending on the format this can include: analysis of published literature; a research proposal; experimental design (where appropriate), data collection and synthesis, statistical analysis and interpretation; ethical analysis and interpretation; a review of evidence to develop policy, together with a policy position paper; a business plan in support of a new agri-food business, innovation or product; or breakdown of legislation, case studies and interpretation, or similar projects approved by the Course Organisers. The results will be presented in the format of a dissertation, or a paper or similar manuscript in the style of publications in the field.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Professional Skills for Global Agri-Food Scientists 4 (VETS10034) AND
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2021/22, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  20
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 392 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 80 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Summative assessment on revised dissertation plan (10% )

Presentation on final dissertation/report/paper (10%)

Dissertation/report/paper (80%)
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate their ability to plan and organise an experiment or study, policy or business planning exercise, and use appropriate analytical techniques
  2. Demonstrate the use of suitable skills to conduct the study
  3. Identify ethical and procedural concerns and address them
  4. Critically analyse their findings and report them using appropriate forms of communication and narrative.
  5. Communicate using oral and written skills
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Graduate attribute mindsets:
Enquiry and lifelong learning
Aspiration and personal development
Outlook and engagement

Graduate attribute skill groups
Research and enquiry
Personal and intellectual autonomy
Personal effectiveness
KeywordsResearch analysis,review,synthesis,design,methodology,professional,vocational,business,policy
Course organiserDr Jonathan Hillier
Tel: (0131 6)51 7300
Course secretaryMr Gordon Littlejohn
Tel: (0131 6)51 7454
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