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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation (Quantitative Genetics) (PGBI11135)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Biological Sciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryFull time research for 3 months on a topic in the field of quantitative genetics. Projects can involve analysis of existing or simulated data. The project findings are communicated to a scientific audience in the form of a dissertation thesis and an oral presentation.
Course description Full time research for 3 months on a topic in the field of quantitative genetics. Students will conduct an independent research project, which gives them an opportunity to apply the training received in the taught component of the course to an extended research project.
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 Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 588 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Dissertation (90%)
Supervisor assessment (10%)
Feedback Students will receive regular informal verbal feedback throughout the course. They will also have the opportunity to receive written feedback on a draft of the dissertation approximately one week prior to final submission.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Summarise and critique the current state of knowledge in the focal field of study.
  2. Design and execute a research project in the field of quantitative genetics.
  3. Evaluate their own findings and how they contribute to the sum of knowledge in the focal field.
  4. Write and present a body of scientific work.
  5. Adjust objectives and manage time in the light of their own results and progress.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1) Enquiry and lifelong learning : A graduate from this course will be able to identify what their research adds to the current state of knowledge.

2) Aspiration and personal development: A graduate of this course will be able to manage a project over several months and learn and adapt in the face of setbacks.

3) Outlook and engagement: A graduate from this course will be able to both conduct research and critically evaluate research that relates to quantitative genetics.

4) Research and enquiry: A graduate of this course will be able to problem solve, analyse and interpret quantitative data and conduct independent research.

5) Personal effectiveness: A graduate of this course will be able to plan effectively and prioritise and demonstrate resilience in the face of setbacks.

6) Communication: A graduate of this course will be able to produce clear and structured written work that articulately presents and explains.
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Course organiserDr Jacob Moorad
Tel: (0131 6)50 5442
Course secretaryMiss Zofia Bekas
Tel: (0131 6)50 5513
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