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Postgraduate Course: Applied Interdisciplinary Research in Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health (BIME11180)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe purpose of this course is to put into action the plan set out in your Concept Note submitted in the 10 credit course 'Planning Applied Interdisciplinary Research'.

You are expected to continue to collate and synthesise your postgraduate learning and demonstrate competence in applying it to your real-world problem, going on to propose an interdisciplinary, evidence-based solution. You will then communicate your proposed solution to a specific audience using appropriate media, demonstrating critical reflection and justification of your findings.
Course description Following on from your preparations made during the 'Planning Applied Interdisciplinary Research' course, you will research and produce a 'resource' that communicates your problem and proposed solution to an appropriate audience.

There is a lot of scope for creativity here and your 'resource' should take a form that best suits your intended audience, while still being grounded in best practice as identified from the literature. For example, you may choose to develop one of the following:

Business plan
Policy document
Literature review
Popular science article
Teaching materials
Campaign strategy
Science communication event
Citizen science project plan
Management plan
Public engagement resource, e.g. an art installation/event
Economic tool
Action plan

You will then reflect on the value of an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving in this context.

You will be supported by a designated Academic Tutor throughout the course but you are encouraged to also seek feedback from other members of the programme team, your professional colleagues or personal contacts, and also your programme peers.
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 Flexible
Course Start Date 05/08/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 10, Online Activities 20, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 154 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 100 %, made up of the following components:

Written Resource 80%
Online Reflection 20%
Feedback Formative feedback will be provided to students on all pieces of assessed work, collectively through the use of open online discussion fora (where students can seek general guidance on each assignment) and 1:1 in discussion with the designated Academic Tutor.

Summative Feedback will be provided electronically on all pieces of assessed work within 15 working days of submission.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Effectively communicate a real-world problem and proposed evidence-based response to an appropriate audience.
  2. Design and produce an applied resource reflecting your critical understanding and response to this problem as seen through an interdisciplinary lens.
  3. Critically evaluate and reflect on the value of an interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving in a real-world setting.
Reading List
You will conduct independent research based on your specific interests and prior learning, and will thus generate your own, highly individual list of relevant source materials.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills You will further develop your skills in research and enquiry by creatively tackling a real-world problem, 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 solution to your real-world problem. 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.
Course organiserMr Andrew Irving
Course secretaryMr Andrew Le Tissier
Tel: (0131 6)51 4075
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