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Postgraduate Course: MSc dissertation in animal biosciences (VESC11011)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits90 ECTS Credits45
SummaryThe course aims to develop the student's skills and knowledge in a specific area of animal bioscience. The student will prepare a research proposal based on a laboratory (or bioinformatic) research project and then will carry out the project under the supervision of a member of the Roslin Institute staff. The project will involve techniques including but not limited to those experienced in the first part of the course. The student will work as an independent researcher and interact with other laboratory members as a full member of the group, including presenting at laboratory meetings. The dissertation will be in the format of a short scientific paper for a relevant journal.
Course description At the completion of this course, the candidate should have specialised knowledge and experience in the chosen area of animal biosciences. The student will have prepared a scientific paper about the research and will have developed an understanding of how research is carried out.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 900 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 16, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 882 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Research Proposal 10%
Oral presentation of results 10%
Dissertation 60%
Assessment of laboratory performance 20%

Feedback Feedback and marks for all items will be given within fifteen working days of the submission date where possible. For the major written items, students will submit an abstract/outline before the final due date, and receive feedback within two days to guide their preparation. Feedback on computer and laboratory activities will be provided during the session. All written items will be marked by at least two markers.

Opportunities for feedback arise within timetabled classes (tutorials, practicals, lectures) as well as more formally through comments on specific pieces of work. Feedback can be provided not only on coursework assignments, tests and exam answers, but also on activities that are not formally assessed such as class discussions, group exercises, problem solving, and in the course of developing project plans and proposals. Course staff will endeavour to provide timely feedback on all activities.

No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. be able to design and carry out experiments independently;
  2. have a good understanding of the etiquette and requirements for harmonious laboratory work;
  3. have been part of a research team;
  4. know how to present the results of a research project in professional format;
  5. have taken into account the ethical issues and paid attention to the principles of reduction, replacement, and refinement in animal research.
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Course organiserDr Robert Dalziel
Tel: (0131 6)51 9233
Course secretaryMr Stephen Mitchell
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
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