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NES3008 : Animal Science Conference - Current Issues and Debates

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Catherine Douglas
  • Other Staff: Dr Andrew Beard
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


The module has five aims as follows:
1. To develop a detailed understanding of current animal science issues, such as aspects of animal health (eg.
epidemiology, disease control etc.) and welfare (e.g. the use of animals in research, mutilations carried out
on animals for 'practical' reasons etc.) which are of relevance to the discipline of animal science or global
2. To develop an understanding of the impact of research outside academia and the researcher's responsibility
for steering and developing economic and societal impact
3. To develop skills in organisation and planning by organising and participating in a scientific conference
targeted at fellow students, staff and members of the general public.
4. To develop skills in teamwork and presentation and problem solving by preparing and delivering a theatre
presentation and a large-format research poster during the conference.
5. To practice self-assessment and peer review, further develop self-confidence, autonomy and other graduate

Outline Of Syllabus

Introductory lecture - setting the aims for the module, timetable and providing information on assessment etc.

Series of weekly tutorials led by students but facilitated by academic staff to:
- select the topic and keynote speakers
- decide the topics for the student theatre presentations and the large-format posters
- organise logistics, including catering, audio-visual requirements, publicity poster etc.
- monitor and track preparations as the date of the Conference approaches

Researsals of student presentations (12 hrs)

Conference (4 hrs)

Debriefing and reflection workshop (1 hr)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Large-format research poster: research the topic, prepare material and design the poster.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials40:302:00online lecture style recordings introducing material
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops111:0011:00Student-led weekly planning workshop
Guided Independent StudyProject work155:0055:00Administrative activities associated with the conference, preparation and follow up to planning meet
Guided Independent StudyProject work16:006:00Completion of post-conference tasks, e.g. correspondence to donors, finalisation of budget.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops241:0024:00Student-led weekly planning workshop - staff present
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery40:302:00Zoom Q&A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity71:007:00directed tasks each week .
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity140:0040:00Preparation of group theatre presentation (PowerPoint) & practice of delivery, including notes pages
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study123:0023:00Research on animal science issues to generate ideas for conference theme, topics & keynote speakers.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Teaching methods are a blended approach incorporating some pre-recorded instructional/lecture-type material supported with question and answer / drop-in sessions. Workshops are a combination of present in person and synchronous online sessions to enhance skills developed aligned with increased use of online meetings in the workplace.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Poster1M30Large-format research poster for individual students on a topic related to Conference theme. Assessed for content and presentation.
Prof skill assessmnt1M70Conference score as assessed by the overall conference mark (30% of overall module) and the small group 15 minute presentations (40% of overall module). Peer and staff assessed
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation1Mformative feedback/rehearsals for the group presentations (15 minutes)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment strategy is designed to cover the knowledge and skills outcome of the module. Student's knowledge of animal science issues will be assessed through their (group) oral presentation in the Conference and the accompanying slides/notes. The quality of the group presentation will also affect the 'Conference Score', since the better the group presentations then the higher will be the score awarded by the audience.

Knowledge and presentation are also assessed in the large-format research poster, displayed during the 'poster viewing' session [which may mirror other industry virtual conferences] and showcasing a series of topics which fit within the overall theme of research impact. Academic staff will assess these posters for content and quality of presentation.

Skills in organisation, planning and communication are assessed through the Conference score, which is made up of assessment from both the audience for the quality of the presentations and the organisation of the Conference, together with peer and academic staff assessment of the relative contribution made by individual students to the event preparation during the weeks leading up to the Conference. Academic staff play an important part in ensuring that marks awarded are consistent with Faculty marking criteria.

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