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Postgraduate Course: Written Reflective Element for the MSc in Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health (BIME11016)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryDuring this final year, students can opt among a number of proposed reflective elements such as a written dissertation (either current or historical) a casebook or a portfolio. Before beginning the written reflective element, an assignment of 10-15,000 words, a detailed proposal must be submitted and approved by candidates' supervisors.

This element of the programme will require a high level of commitment and application from the candidate and provide a valuable exercise in writing and presentation of information to an appropriate academic standard in relation to style, tone, structuring and referencing.

Supervision for the written reflective element of the MSc will be provided by staff employed by the University of Edinburgh, usually from within the programme teaching team. However, candidates will also be encouraged to work closely with senior staff at their home institutions, within their workplace or with local conservation organisations where a suitable academic link exists, to provide to provide additional advisory support if appropriate.
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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Course Start Date 18/09/2023
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Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 40, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 548 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The University of Edinburgh's postgraduate common marking scheme will be used (assessment of dissertation component).
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Produce an extensive written research project.
  2. Identify and distil a research question in a relevant topic into a research project.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to plan and manage a self-directed project over an academic year.
  4. Communicate effectively with a supervisor in an online, off-campus context.
  5. Conduct a comprehensive review of the literature as in integral component of a research project.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills You will develop your skills in research and enquiry by creatively tackling a research question, drawing from your prior learning and seeking new resources to support your ideas.

You will develop personal and intellectual autonomy by using the published literature to suggest an evidence-based answer to your research question. You will critically evaluate and provide sound reasoning in support of your ideas.

You will develop your personal effectiveness by setting your own goals and managing your time to make best use of the learning opportunities available to you. The output of your research will be developed in a way that it may have genuine impact.
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Course organiserDr Ellie Devenish-Nelson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3508
Course secretaryMr Andrew Le Tissier
Tel: (0131 6)51 4075
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