MRes Ecology and Environmental Biology Project 2 BIOL5187P
- Academic Session: 2019-20
- School: Biodiversity Animal Health Comp Med
- Credits: 60
- Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
- Typically Offered: Summer
- 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 (70%), supervisor execution and skills assessment (15%) and scientific poster (15%).
The aims of the second MRes project are to:
■ Develop appropriate and competent laboratory and/or field research skills
■ Provide the opportunity of collecting an appropriate quantity of high quality data or undertaking a modelling exercise
■ Undertake statistical analysis and/or modelling that addresses the chosen research questions and hypotheses
■ Give experience in writing a scientific paper and presenting a conference poster
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course, students will be able to, with critical reference to published research:
■ Undertake original research on chosen topics in ecology and evolutionary biology
■ Demonstrate the in-depth acquisition of research skills in advanced research techniques as appropriate
■ Safely execute significant laboratory or field experiments
■ Critically evaluate and analyse quantitative data to answer research questions and test hypotheses
■ Identify, synthesise, summarise and critically evaluate prior research findings in a specific area
■ Identify areas where further research is necessary
■ Present research findings in a high quality report in research journal format
■ Give a clear-well-constructed conference poster
■ Use computers effectively to research databases, analyse data and present research findings in the form of a written report
■ Demonstrate proficiency in planning and managing time effectively by prioritising tasks and meeting deadlines
■ Work cooperatively 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.