- Module code
- Module leader
- Dr Meriel Moore-Colyer
- Module level
- Module credits
- Min study time
- 600 hours
- Contact Hrs within study time
- 10 hours
- Teaching period
- Summer term – April of the following year
Research which can be laboratory or field study, on a topic to be agreed with the module leader and potential project supervisor.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Evaluate the main research paradigms, and demonstrate in depth understanding of the research process.
- Design and implement a research project which will apply appropriate methods to address a given research hypothesis.
- Select and apply a range of suitable research techniques.
- Analyse research data using appropriate statistical tests, and present the results in an appropriate form.
- Utilise electronic information sources effectively as learning aids.
- Relate a review of available literature to critical discussion of their own investigations.
|Coursework||1 x dissertation – approximately 25,000 words||100%|
Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:
- Biggam, J. (2011). Succeeding With Your Master's Dissertation: A Step-by-Step Handbook. Open University Press.
- Dytham, C. (2011). Choosing and Using Statistics: A Biologist's Guide. (3rd edition). Wiley-Blackwell.
- Luck, M. (1999). Your Student Research Project. Gower.
- Swetnam, D. and Swetnam, R. (2000). Writing Your Dissertation: The Bestselling Guide to Planning, Preparing and Presenting First-class Work. (3rd revised edition). How To Books.
- RAU Master’s Dissertation Guidance
- Research based on gathering information from the public (questionnaire based) and topics that require several small preliminary data gathering exercises would be suitable.
- Previous dissertations that have been good pieces of work are:
- Carole Mortimer- An investigation into the incidence of stereotypical behaviour in event horses.
- Bryony Mitchell – An investigation into the relationship between horse body condition and management factors.