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Postgraduate Course: Research Project in Biosciences or Bioethics 1 (VESC11246)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
Summary11-week research project in Bioscience or Bioethics
Course description Students will carry out a research project proposed by one of the Programme supervisors in either Bioscience or Bioethics. Projects may either be laboratory-based, may analyse existing datasets, or be an analysis of published literature on a particular topic. The available projects will be provided to the students in the course handbook, published in September each year.
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
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 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This course will be assessed by

(i) 2500-word report summarising the research question, the approach taken, a description of the results obtained and analysis of their implications. 75% of assessment
(ii) Oral presentation of project. 25% of assessment

Report of project: 75% of total
30% lab/practical/research performance
70% write-up
Oral presentation of project: 25% of total
Feedback Students will be given written feedback on their reports and oral presentations.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Students will be able to critically evaluate current research and research techniques and methodologies, applying this understanding to tackle questions and problems from original perspectives.
  2. Students will be able to conduct high-quality, independent research that contributes to the overall advance of understanding of One Health disease models.
  3. Students will understand the social and ethical implications of developing and using animal models, and be able to apply that learning to their own research.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Upon completion of this course students will have developed a wide range of Graduate Attributes and Skills that will contribute to their professional growth as a successful researchers and experts in their field.
1) Through exposure to world-leading research, they are innovative and lifelong learners.
2) By taking a confident and reflective approach to their learning, they take personal responsibility for pursuing their goals and opportunities to grow.
3) They use their personal and intellectual autonomy to critically evaluate ideas, evidence and experiences from an open-minded and reasoned perspective.
4) They use their highly-developed skills in research and enquiry to identify and creatively tackle problems, and to seek out opportunities for learning.
KeywordsOne Health,disease model,bioscience,bioethics
Course organiserProf Jonathan Fitzgerald
Tel: (0131 6)51 9235
Course secretaryMiss Jennifer Hurst
Tel: (0131 6)51 3685
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