Postgraduate taught 

Advanced Practice in Veterinary Nursing MSc/PgDip/PgCert: Online distance learning

Research Design and Dissemination (Online) VETMED5059

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course will develop students' knowledge and understanding of the research process from appraisal of related literature, research design, ethical approval, through to data management and analysis.  Routes of research dissemination will also be explored including delivery of oral presentations, preparing posters, and writing for publication.


Students will access lecture materials at their own pace on Moodle 2. There will be online lectures with course staff (lectures and seminars) across 10 weeks in Semester 2 (Online Distance Learning Block 2).

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Part 1: Critically analyse a quantitative research paper (paper will be provided), with particular focus on research design and statistical analysis (600 words, 10%).

Part 2: Author a research proposal (template provided) for a research project that you have designed (2000 words, 60%).

Part 3: Complete an ethics application (template provided) that relates to your research proposal in Part 2 (15%).

Part 4: Translate your research proposal into a poster format and present this to your peers. Includes a critique. (15%).

Course Aims

This course aims to develop students' knowledge and understanding of the full research process and how it can be applied to create a research proposal, including appraisal of literature, research design, ethical approval, data management and statistical analyses. The course also aims to develop students' confidence in disseminating research including oral presentations, posters, and writing for publication.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Identify a research topic and translate this into an appropriate research question.

■ Design a research project to answer your research question and translate this into a research proposal.

■ Author an ethics application which relates to your research proposal.

■ Critically appraise different research methods and statistical tests.

■ Present and critically appraise a research poster.

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.