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ACE3098 : Agriculture Dissertation

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To give students the opportunity to conduct a detailed individual investigation of a subject related to their honours option and to present the findings in a typed and bound form as a scientific dissertation.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students select and investigate a topic of their choice which is related to their final year Honours option. They will work together with a member of academic staff who will support the research process.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture21:002:00Module briefing
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Preparation of poster presentation (end of Semester 2)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Preparation of oral presentation ( middle of Semester 1)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion190:0090:00Preparation of Dissertation Report
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading167:0067:00Student project work asa guided by supervisor
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching32:006:00Seminar for student presentations
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision110:0010:00Contact with supervisor
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The dissertation provides a unique opportunity for assisted private study of a topic selected by the student. Students are allocated a supervisor with whom they are encouraged to interact at all stages of the work. They should discuss aspects of the work with their supervisor.The opportunity exists to receive individual assistance with information retrieval, interpretation, report writing skills, verbal presentation skills and occasionally with statistical analysis of data.

The majority of the project work is done individually with the support of a member of academic staff as supervisor. Interpersonal skills will be developed during this phase and the students will take responsibility for the development and running of their own project, with support from the supervisor.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation2M85c. 60 pages including figures and tables
Research proposal1M5Oral presentation and discussion (15 mins)
Poster2M10Summarising findings of the dissertation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The oral presentation provides the opportunity for a student to clearly define the aims and objectives of the study together with the structure that the dissertation is likely to take.

The written dissertation encourages students to research a topic, to acquire, organise, interpret and present the relevant information. This helps to develop a students information gathering and written communication skills

The thesis is assessed independently by two markers to determine the extent to which the student has
a)) clearly defined the aims and objectives
b) analysed and interpreted the data and/or information collected
c) prepared a report of the investigation which should include a critical review of the relevant literature and shows the ability to communicate clearly and accurately

The poster presenttation assesses the ability of the students to summarise a large volume of material, identify the key points and present approaches, data and conclusions in a succinct manner understandable to the non-expert.

Reading Lists

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