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Postgraduate Course: Research Project Part 1 (VESC12006)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 12 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course comprises the first part of the major research component of the DVetMed, in which students will develop and undertake a high quality original hypothesis-driven research project relevant to their chosen specialty in veterinary medicine.
Course description 1. The student will develop an understanding of a chosen area of veterinary research.
2. The student will learn how to carry out a range of techniques for investigating a scientific hypothesis in the chosen subject area.
3. He/she will develop the ability to work with others as part of a research team.
4. He/she will have an understanding of the legal requirements for research either in a laboratory or in the use of data (e.g. ethics, licences, health and safety).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs No additional tuition/training-related costs. For external placements, any costs met by the student will relate to travel and subsistence expenditure. This will vary between placements and will be partly dependent on the availability of, and success in securing, additional funding (e.g. travel grants, bursaries etc.)
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 20 %, Practical Exam 80 %
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the chosen research area
  2. Carry out a range of experimental techniques required for his/her proposed research project and demonstrate understanding of how these techniques work.
  3. Design appropriate controls and understand limitations of the experiments
  4. Prepare detailed standard operating procedures (SOPs) for chosen techniques
  5. Demonstrate the ability to interact and work as part of a research team
Reading List
Will depend on the project, but online, library and other resources are widely available through the university.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Knowledge and skills will include:
1. Understanding of critical questions to be addressed in designing a research project
2. Laboratory technical skills and an understanding of how these skills can be used to prove or disprove an hypothesis
3. Understanding of the ethical and legal requirements which govern research laboratories
4. Understanding of the importance of experimental design
5. Ability to critically assess experimental outcome
6. Ability to present research data professionally
Study Abroad Yes; subject to approval from the course organiser and project supervisor.
KeywordsVeterinary,Research,Professional Training
Course organiserMr John Keen
Tel: (0131 6)50 6253
Course secretaryMrs Emma Pineau
Tel: (0131 6)51 9198
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