NS6222: Animal Biology Dissertation


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NS6222: Animal Biology Dissertation

Module Title Animal Biology Dissertation
Module Code NS6222
Module Tutor Matthew Wood
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 6
Brief Description

The animal biology dissertation gives an opportunity to conduct original research on a specific biological topic, of the student's choice, in considerable depth. It involves the collection, analysis and synthesis of data required to investigate key concepts in animal biology and enables students to demonstrate critical thinking, as well as proficiency in key and technical skills such as initiative, effective communication, problem solving and time management. This module is undertaken on a relatively self-directed basis. It is a progression from Level 5 studies and should be complemented by taught modules at Level 6. The ability to complete this type of self-directed, critical, and rigorous investigation satisfactorily is generally considered to be a hallmark of graduate competence.

Indicative Syllabus

In this module, students undertake an independent piece of scientific research, which will likely include examination of literature, some form of data collection (this could be from fieldwork, lab studies, or collection of metadata) and appropriate analysis, and writing up this project as a scientific paper. The majority of animal biology dissertations will involve conducting a field or lab based project. Sample projects will be provided to students before the start of the module, but, where practicable, students are also able to devise their own topic of study in conjunction with a dissertation supervisor. In agreed cases, dissertation projects could be consultancy reports or take some other written format, such as the production of an educational pack and scientific rationale, to allow the module to be tailored to student interests and aspirations.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

1. Identify an appropriate original topic for investigation within animal biology and demonstrate a detailed understanding of a coherent new body of knowledge relating to that topic

2. Undertake appropriate research to attain a detailed understanding of the theories and concepts relevant to their particular research topic

3. Critically evaluate information from a raneg of sources and place their own study in the context of other work in the theme

4. Collect appropriate dat, present and analyse those data appropriately amd rae conclusions from the data

 5.  Sustain a degree of involvement in one major piece of work from initiation to completion, accepting accountability for determining its outcome

6. Work independently and manage time effectively to meet deadlines and produce a piece of work demonstrating high standards of presentation

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 7
Independent Learning Hours: 293
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 25% Coursework: Individual, presentation and paperwork: 1000 words or equivalent
002: 75% Coursework: Individual, dissertation/major project: 6000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements None
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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