Research Project: Conservation Management of African Ecosystems BIOL5297P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Biodiversity One Health Vet Med
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course will require students to undertake a quantitatively oriented research project and provide a 10,000 word report of this study formatted for an identified scientific journal (eg Ecological Monographs).


Full-time research

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses



A research proposal (2,000 words) for the project 10%

A comprehensive report, contributing 80% of the total assessment, based on independent research that is analysed using the most appropriate methods learned during the first two Semesters of their programme, and written up to a high standard of English, in the style of research paper appropriate for publication, including a critical analysis of the background literature and how their results fit into the context of the broader body of literature. The report may be based on a longer dissertation (20,000 words +) that will form the basis of the linked second degree through the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology. 

The remaining 10% will be awarded based on a presentation (oral or poster) of the completed project.

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to have students undertaking a research project and providing a 10,000 word report, formatted for an identified scientific journal, and to make a presentation of their work.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Critically evaluate the literature, and prepare a literature review reflecting the current status of the work being undertaken.

■ Successfully discuss, design and carry out a research project.

■ Clearly and concisely present and defend the results of the research project to scientific readership.

■ Present the results of the project through a poster and/or other means of direct presentation.

■ Provide a 10,000 word report of the study formatted for a previously identified scientific journal.

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.