Module title: Veterinary Nursing Honours Project [60 Credits]

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 60.00
ECTS credit value: 30

Module code: VET10109
Module leader: David Smith
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Animal and Plant Science
Prerequisites

Example of Equivalent Learning: Understanding of experimental design, research methodology and data analysis and presentation.

2018/9, Trimester 1, Blended,
Occurrence: 001
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:
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 [week 33] is based on the production of the final written thesis [8000 words] and A2 poster presentation. The thesis will be written in a concise, scientific paper-style format. The 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. A 2000 word ethical proposal [20% weighting/ LO1] will be due in week 10.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 8
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 8
Face To Face Project Supervision 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 574
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 20 1 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Dissertation 60 1,2 & 3 33 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 8000
Poster 20 1,2 & 3 33 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 20
Component 2 subtotal: 80
Module subtotal: 100
2018/9, Trimester 2, 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:
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 [8000 words] and A2 poster presentation. The thesis will be written in a concise, scientific paper-style format. The 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. A 2000 word ethical proposal [20% weighting/ LO1].

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 8
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 8
Face To Face Project Supervision 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 574
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 20 1 25 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Dissertation 60 1,2 & 3 50 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 8000
Poster 20 1,2 & 3 50 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 considerations
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

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