ACE3097 : Animal Science Research Project
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Jonathan Guy
- Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||15|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||15|
The module helps a student gain experience of undertaking a literature review, planning and implementing a piece of research and subsequently discussing the findings of their research alongside that of the scientific literature.
Outline Of Syllabus
Individual research projects could be undertaken on a range of different topics relevant to animal science, such as animal health, behaviour, welfare, reproduction or nutrition. Thus the specific syllabus for each student will vary depending on the topic selected, but for all students will include aspects of study design, literature search skills, data handling and analysis, report writing and presenting. Emphasis is on the acquisition of skills in critical thinking and analysis.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||3:00||3:00||Preparation of oral presentation|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||8||2:00||16:00||includes discusssion of project proposals|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||120:00||120:00||Preparation of research project written report.|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||1||7:00||7:00||Student presentations of the entire cohort; individual presentations last approximately 15 mins.|
|Guided Independent Study||Project work||1||75:00||75:00||Research work - tasks depend on student project may include laboratory work, animal observation|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||29:00||29:00||Data analysis and interpretation of results|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||40:00||40:00||Literature review and method development|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Dissertation/project related supervision||10||1:00||10:00||Meetings with supervisor|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The research project provides a unique opportunity for assisted private study of a topic selected by the student. Students are allocated to a supervisor with whom they are encouraged to interact at all stages of the work, including preparation of the written report which summarises the rationale. methods, results and implications of the project. Individual supervisory meetings then form the majority of the staff contact time for this module. However the major responsibility for the module lies with the student, so that a high calibre piece of research can be reported (both verbally and in a report) at the end of the 20-week process.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Dissertation||2||A||90||Written dissertation - 8000 words|
|Prof skill assessmnt||1||M||10||Oral presentation of rationale, results and implications of the project. Duration of 15 minutes.|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The production of a high calibre report summarising a piece of research accounts for the majority of marks in this module (90%), and demonstrates acquisition of knowledge in a specific aspect of animal science along with demonstration of an extensive range of skills including initiative, problem solving, critical thinking and analysis. The verbal presentation makes use of this report to select key results for presentation and subsequent discussion with peers and academic staff.