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ACE3097 : Animal Science Research Project

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jonathan Guy
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 15.0


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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Preparation of oral presentation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture82:0016:00Includes discussion of project proposals
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1120:00120:00Preparation of research project written report.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching17:007:00Student presentations by the entire cohort; individual presentations last approximately 15 mins.
Guided Independent StudyProject work175:0075:00Research work - tasks depend on student project may include laboratory work, animal observation
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study129:0029:00Data analysis and interpretation of results
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study140:0040:00Literature review and method development
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision101:0010:00Meetings 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 written report) at the end of the 20-week process.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation2A90Written dissertation - 8000 words
Prof skill assessmnt2M10Oral 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 provides feedback to enhance the project through discussion with peers and academic staff.

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