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Postgraduate Course: Approaches to Research: Science and Religion (DIVI11015)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course prepares students in the MSc in Science and Religion for their research dissertation.
Course description Academic Description:
This course prepares students in the MSc in Science and Religion for their research dissertation by means of a series of taught classes. These classes provide guidance in research methods specific to the field, and in the selection and preparation of a suitable dissertation topic.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
The course will provide full preparation for embarking on the dissertation component of the MSc, including: guidance on resources in the field, how to choose a suitable topic and refine the focus, how to deliver an oral proposal, how to write a research proposal, and the various skills required for researching and planning such a major project in Science and Religion. The course culminates with each student delivering an oral presentation (assessed) of their proposal, and submitting a written version of their proposal.

Student Learning Experience Information:
The course is taught by means of five classes spread through semester two. The first two classes provide an introduction to research in Science and Religion, and advice on how to prepare for the dissertation. The remaining classes offer students the opportunity to try out their research proposals informally in front of peers and course staff, to help them refine and focus their ideas. The final session of the course is devoted to assessed oral presentations of students' research proposals.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 88 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 60 %, Practical Exam 40 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 40% - 15 minute oral presentation to the class of the research proposal

60% - Written proposal (2000 words)
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Reflect upon how to embark on a major research project, including the refinement and focusing of the topic, and the gathering of preliminary bibliographical material.
  2. Reflect on strategies for planning the research project.
  3. Develop their ideas in discussion with peers, and will have engaged in critical constructive dialogue with their peers' ideas.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to deliver their dissertation proposal as an oral presentation, and to gather the above together into a written proposal.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information 4 hours of teaching and 6 hours dissertation proposal presentations.
Course organiserRevdr Michael Fuller
Tel: (0131 6)50 8963
Course secretaryMr Andre Johnson Hall E Vasconcelos
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