MRes Ecology and Environmental Biology Project 1 BIOL5186P
- Academic Session: 2019-20
- School: Biodiversity Animal Health Comp Med
- Credits: 60
- Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
- Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
- Available to Visiting Students: No
- Available to Erasmus Students: No
The student completes a laboratory or field based project in a research group.
Normally, full time for 18 to 20 weeks.
Requirements of Entry
The student is assessed by 5,000 to 10,000 word written report (80%) and scientific seminar talk (20%).
The aims of the course are to:
■ introduce the student to the formulation, planning and practicalities of a research project;
■ develop skills in undertaking a critical review of literature
■ gain practice in the design of a research project
■ practice selected research techniques and data analysis
■ provide experience in writing a research report and giving a seminar talk
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
■ Undertake original research on defined topics in ecology and environmental biology
■ Undertake a critical review of the literature relevant to the chosen research topic
■ Formulate appropriate research questions and testable hypotheses relevant to chosen research project
■ Design and plan safe laboratory or field experiments
■ Collect and analyse preliminary data that will inform research project design
■ Produce a high quality research report which includes critical literature review, analysis of data and research plan
■ Use computers effectively to search databases, statistically analyse data and present research findings in the form of a written project
■ Demonstrate proficient oral and written communication skills by giving a clear, well-constructed oral and written presentation on advanced topics in current ecology and environmental biological research.
■ Demonstrate proficiency in planning and managing time effectively by prioritising tasks and meeting deadlines
■ Work co-operatively with supervisor and colleagues to develop interpersonal and teamwork skills
Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits
Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.