- Module code
- Module leader
- Jo Charles
- Module level
- Module credits
- Min study time
- 75 hours
- Contact Hrs within study time
- 10 hours
- Teaching period
- Early October
The module reviews the academic and cognitive skills necessary for study at M level. The syllabus includes the following, but is designed to be flexible to suit the requirements of cohorts and individuals within each cohort:
Self-analysis, current level of cognitive skills, motivation, time-management, issues of concern; student support, library facilities, intro to RAU intranet, programme team; discussion of generic cognitive objectives; consideration of independence of learning; evaluation of published literature; appropriate use of English for scientific writing, techniques for précis, synthesis and analysis; and identification of scientific objectives.
Common experimental designs used for animal research, with due regard to randomisation, replication and control aspects of experiments. Related data (correlations, regressions) and the importance of significance levels. Conclusion analysis.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship.
- Demonstrate a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline.
- Evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline.
- Demonstrate the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.
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Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:
- Dytham, C. (2011). Choosing and Using Statistics: A Biologist’s Guide. (3rd edition). Wiley-Blackwell.
- Fry, H., Ketteridge, S. and Marshall, S. (2009). A Handbook for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. (3rd edition). Kogan Page London.
- Hart, C. (2001). Doing a Literature Search. London: Sage.
- Kirkman, J. (2005). Good Style: Writing for Science and Technology. (2nd edition). (Routledge study guides). Routledge.
- Gustavi, B. (2008). How to Write and Illustrate a Scientific Paper. (2nd edition). Cambridge University Press.
- McMillan, V.E. (2006). Writing Papers in the Biological Sciences. (4th edition). Bedford/St. Martins.
- Morris, T.R. (1999). Experimental Design and Analysis in Animal Science. Cabi, Oxford.