Module title: Veterinary Nursing Honours Project

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: VET10107
Module leader: David Smith
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Animal and Plant Science
Prerequisites

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2017/8, Trimester 3, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: David Smith
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The aims of this module are to achieved largely through independent study and endeavour although students are supported throughout by a named supervisor.

The student will be supported in developing search and inquiry skills by a short series of lectures, tutorials and workshops in Trimester 1. The lectures will serve to consolidate and extend students' knowledge and understanding of the major research methods and philosophies, and introduce them to some of the some of the design decisions they will have to make.(LOs 1,2 and 3). The student will be encouraged to develop their project through discussion with their peers and supervisor, this helps to facilitate identification of the most appropriate method for their study (LOs 2&3) and to prepare an application for ethical approval. The supervisor will act as a resource person during the development and execution of the student's project (LOs 1-4), and will provide feedback on the literature review (LO1) before the end of Trimester 1. This feedback will assist the student in both the execution and the reporting of their study. (LO1-4)

Assessment
The assessment for this module comprises two components, a literature review which is to be submitted in Week 6 (LO1) , and the full dissertation in Week 12.(LOs 2-4). Students select a project topic from a list of topics with a veterinary nursing orientation, but there is scope to accommodate changes to these. The only conditions to such a negotiation is that the project remains 'do-able' and that relevance to veterinary nursing can be demonstrated.


Employability/PDP/Scholarship
The processes involved in submitting the assessment will equip the student to participate in research activity after graduation, and to continue to critically evaluate evidence as it applies to their practice. Projects have a strong practice focus and address areas of current or emerging concerns for veterinary nursing practice.
(LOs 1-4)



Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 3
Face To Face Lecture 22
Independent Learning Guided independent study 375
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 20 1 6 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Final Year Project 80 2,3,4 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 8000
Component 1 subtotal: 20
Component 2 subtotal: 80
Module subtotal: 100
2018/9, Trimester 2, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: David Smith
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Initial sessions will focus on project planning, as well as consideration of ethical and safety issues appropriate to the area of study and data organisation and documentation (LO1-2). Subsequent contact with supervisors is highly individualised, and will equip the student with the skills needed to utilize appropriate techniques and tools to undertake their research, analyse data appropriately and present the work to appropriate standards of presentation (LO1-3). Although supervision will be provided, much of the module is premised on the active and autonomous engagement of the student in the chosen area of research. There will also be sessions organised to provide opportunities to evaluate exemplar posters and peer-group feedback on interpretation of data collected. The research project is a key vehicle for the development of employability and scholarship skills, notably time management, independence, self-motivation and organisation, synthesis and analysis of diverse information and presentation skills.

Formative Assessment:
Formative support will be provided by supervisors throughout the project period. In addition formative feedback will be provided on a draft of the project (excluding the discussion) and the poster presentation two weeks prior to submission.

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment is based on the production of the final written thesis and poster presentation. The thesis will be written in a concise, scientific paper-style format. Posters will be displayed at organised poster sessions to allow staff and peers to view work undertaken and also assessment of the actual posters by staff.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 8
Face To Face Lecture 8
Face To Face Project Supervision 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 572
Total Study Hours598
Expected Total Study Hours for Module598


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 20 1 6 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Dissertation 60 1-3 33 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Poster 20 0 33 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 20
Component 2 subtotal: 80
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The module content is driven by the needs and requirements of the individual projects, and thus is highly diverse and individualised. There is however a core content, which includes the design of scientific investigations, time management and project planning, data collection and analysis, use of appropriate information technology and statistical analysis to guide interpretation of data and the presentation and reporting of research results in different formats. All students are also required to attain ethical approval and appropriate levels of knowledge of safe practice in the laboratory or clinical environment as required by their individual project.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Derive a project proposal, based on identification and review of relevant literature, consideration of ethical guidelines, experimental design and statistical analysis, and safety
LO2: Develop a programme of independent research, using appropriate investigative techniques and research tools
LO3: Organise and analyse data derived from research in order to test appropriate hypotheses; archive and collate information collected in a way that facilitates data sharing and reproduction of results obtained
LO4: Synthesise results and evaluate them in the context of previously published information; present summary of work as a written report and poster

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - PATRICK CROOKES AND SUE DAVIES (2004) RESEARCH INTO PRACTICE. ESSENTIAL SKILLS FOR READING AND APPLYING RESEARCH IN NURSING AND HEALTH CARE: BAILLIÈRE TINDALL, 2nd ed. - ISBN: 0702026867
Core - JIM FOWLER, PHIL JARVIS AND MEL CHEVANNES (2002) PRACTICAL STATISTICS FOR NURSING AND HEALTH CARE: WILEY, 1st ed. - ISBN: 0471497150
Core - NICKY LANOE AND MARGARET E OGIER (2002) OGIER'S READING RESEARCH : HOW TO MAKE RESEARCH MORE APPROACHABLE: BAILLIERE TINDALL, 3rd ed. - ISBN: 0702026700
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