VETERINARY RESEARCH PROJECT - 2018/9

Module code: VMS3009

Module Overview

VMS3009 provides an opportunity for students to develop and apply research methods that are applicable for supporting life-long learning in the veterinary profession. 

Module provider

School of Veterinary Medicine

Module Leader

HOLLANDS TH Dr (Vet Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: D990

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Successful completion of Year 2 of the BVMSci programme & VMS3008 

Module content

Lectures: Topics on performing and communicating a clinical research project (5 lectures) &/or online material. Supervision: 10 one hour weekly meetings with supervisors to discuss research progress and capture on research log book. Self directed project work: Students will be expected to spend a minimum of 17 days on project work which includes data collection and preparation of assessments.  

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Critical Literature review (2000 words) - submitted week 3 20
Coursework Research log book - submitted week 10 10
Coursework Scientific paper/-manuscript (2500 words)- submitted week 10 50
Coursework Poster presentation (3min thesis)- week 11 20

Alternative Assessment

Re-assessment for any unit of assessment within this module will be via resubmission in the late summer resits 

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities to apply research methods and communicate the outcomes of a clinical research study. The summative assessment for this module consists of: Critical literature review (2000 words) 20% ; Research log book 10% ; Scientific paper/ report-Manuscript (2500 words) 50% Poster presentation 20% Formative assessment and feedback Formative feedback is provided during the weekly meetings with the supervisors

Module aims

  • This module provides an opportunity for students to participate in a project that will enable them to demonstrate their abilities to apply research methods and communicate the outcomes

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
002 Define the scope of a research project through appropriate review and analysis of published literature CT
003 Develop and define an appropriate research hypothesis or question PT
004 Identify, evaluate and apply appropriate research methodology K
005 demonstrate a capacity for independent research both personally and as a team member CPT
006 Apply appropriate techniques for the analysis of research results C
007 Interpret and discuss research findings in the appropriate professional and scientific context CPT
008 Collate and present research findings in written, visual and/or oral format CPT
001 Develop knowledge and experience in research skills and demonstrate competence and ability to:- KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 104

Lecture Hours: 5

Tutorial Hours: 10

Laboratory Hours: 28

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to enable the module learning outcomes to be achieved through guidance provided by: lectures, supervisor feedback, peer discussion, self-directed experiential learning thorough the participation in a research study. The primary mode through which this is achieved is through the weekly meetings with supervisors at which students will discuss their research log book and receive tutorial support. Supervisors fulfil the role of facilitators rather then project managers. 

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for VETERINARY RESEARCH PROJECT : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/vms3009

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Veterinary Medicine and Science BVMSci (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.