Full Title:Animal Biotechnology Project
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:PROJ S9003
Credits: 30
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( June 2019 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module will provide an opportunity for students to integrate their knowledge and practical skills and develop them through practical research on a selected topic. This will require the student to demonstrate conceptual and critical thinking skills, present and justify the methodology, analyse data and draw appropriate conclusions and communicate their work to a critical audience.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Critically interpret and synthesise research evidence in a defined subject area and apply it to a new area of scientific study within Animal Biotechnology.
  2. Evaluate appropriate qualitative and quantitative data collection techniques and demonstrate a creative approach to problem identification and the development of solutions.
  3. Assess, develop and demonstrate the use of specialist research methodologies and apply to a specific research area.
  4. Justify in a consistent manner a conceptual understanding of the research conducted and draw independent conclusions based on a rigorous, analytical and critical approach to information.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Research Project
Students in consultation with their supervisor will identify a research topic, which may be research-based problems from industry or specific interests to the individual student. Once assigned, supervisors can commence meetings with students and milestones can be agreed for the delivery of project components. The supervisor will continue to meet with the assigned student and record progress by maintaining a record of meetings. The student will critically review the relevant literature and use this to develop practical and appropriate methodologies which will be developed and applied throughout the project. Students undertake the research elements of this module during Semester 1 and Semester 2 and complete the write up of the thesis over the summer period. It is anticipated that the projects can be completed within 12 months for full time students and 24 months for part-time students. The supervisor will guide the student through the process of completing the research project, by advising on research approaches, milestones, appropriateness of material, analysis and critical evaluation, writing techniques and project management. The project will be assessed on its quality of enquiry, analysis, interpretation, insight and exposition, as well as the contribution it makes to the field of study and the writer's own academic and professional development. The student will be expected to master a technical body of knowledge and apply it to a given problem area. The ability to think and reason at a conceptual level is crucial. The design, layout, quality of expression, structure and coherence of all documentation will be of relevance to the completed thesis. The ability of the student to present and defend the material is also of significant importance.
Sample Project Titles:
Breed comparisons in dairy cattle / sheep; Molecular analysis of genetic mechanisms underpinning complex traits; Analysis of vaccine delivery systems; Infectious diseases in dairy production systems; Distribution of E.Coli 0157:H7 in cattle production systems.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Other Students will produce a a formal academic thesis, typically 13,000 (+/- 3000) words, which will summarise methodologies, results, data analysis and conclusions using an approved format. 1,2,3,4 80.00 0 0 n/a 0
Presentation The student will be asked to present the project findings to the entire supervisory team. In addition, the student will be asked to submit an extended abstract to accompany their presentation, which appropriately summarises the content of the project thesis. 2,3 20.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecturer Supervised Learning Meeting with Supervisor 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Study Project Development and Independent Learning 11.00 Every Week 11.00
Practical Laboratory Practical Sessions. These may be in a Science or Computer Laboratory and may be timetabled as blocked sessions depending on the student profile. 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 15.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Bell, Judith 2005, Doing your Research Project: A guide for the first-time researchers in education, health and social science, 4th Ed., Open University Press Maidenhead, UK [ISBN: 9780335215041]
  • Ruzton, G.D. and Golegrave, N. 2006, Experimental Design for the Life Sciences, 2nd Ed., Oxford Press
  • Oliver, Paul 2008, Writing your thesis, 2008 Ed., SAGE [ISBN: 1412946891]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_SAGBI_9 Master of Science in Agricultural Biotechnology 3 Elective