ACE3098 : Agriculture Dissertation
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Paul Bilsborrow
- Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
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.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||15:00||15:00||Preparation of poster presentation (end of Semester 2)|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||10:00||10:00||Preparation of oral presentation ( middle of Semester 1)|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||90:00||90:00||Preparation of Dissertation Report|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||2||1:00||2:00||Module briefing|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||67:00||67:00||Student project work asa guided by supervisor|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||3||2:00||6:00||Seminar for student presentations|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Dissertation/project related supervision||1||10:00||10:00||Contact with supervisor|
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.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Dissertation||2||M||85||c. 60 pages including figures and tables|
|Research proposal||1||M||5||Oral presentation and discussion (15 mins)|
|Poster||2||M||10||Summarising 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.