Module code: VMS3013

Module Overview

This module provides an opportunity for students to participate in a project and 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

MAILE Charlotte (Vet Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 8

Tutorial Hours: 6

Practical/Performance Hours: 19

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

This module provides learning and teaching in clinical research methods and the application of research data analysis and interpretation. This is put into the context of evidence based veterinary medicine. 

  • Knowledge summary: PICO question construction.

  • Common mistakes in scientific writing.

  • Writing a research proposal

  • Making decisions about therapy, diagnosis, aetiology/harm and prognosis

  • Quality improvement and EBVM in practice

  • Journal club: critical analysis of relevant scientific publications.

  • Statistics workshops.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation Research proposal 20
Coursework Research project: Knowledge Summary 40
Examination Written examination (90 mins) 40

Alternative Assessment

Research proposal: The student will complete an individual written assignment aligned to the original group topic but with a reduced scope.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate theoretical, practical, and applied knowledge across the module. Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

1. Research proposal Group presentation assignment, 20%, (addressing learning outcomes:1-8)

2. Research project: Knowledge summary Individual written assignment, 40% (addressing learning outcomes: 4, 7)

3. Written examination Individual examination, 40% (addressing learning outcomes 1-8) To pass the module, students are required to achieve a weighted aggregate mark of 50% across all assessments.

Formative assessment- Students will be provided with a practice written exam paper.

Feedback- Students will receive verbal feedback during the group presentation sessions associated with Research proposal assessments. Students will also receive feedback via workshops, Q & A sessions and discussion forums

Module aims

  • Provide 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.
  • Provide an opportunity for students to critically evaluated scientific papers.
  • Assess the application of research data analysis and interpretation

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Develop and define an appropriate research hypothesis or question KPT RCVS 10
002 Identify, evaluate and apply appropriate research methodology. CKPT RCVS 6, 26
003 Demonstrate a capacity for independent research both personally and as a team member. PT RCVS 5, 14, 19
004 Apply appropriate techniques for the analysis of research results. KPT RCVS 3, 11
005 Interpret and discuss research finding in the appropriate professional and scientific context. KPT RCVS 11, 12, 14, 17, 20
006 Collate and present research findings in written, visual and/or oral format. KPT RCVS 17, 20
007 Define the scope of a research project through appropriate review and analysis of published literature CKPT RCVS 3

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

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, facilitator feedback, peer discussion and self-directed experiential learning through the completion of a research project (Knowledge summary).

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
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Other information

The School of Veterinary Medicine is committed to developing graduates with strengths in Employability, Digital Capabilities, Global and Cultural Capabilities, Sustainability, and Resourcefulness and Resilience. This module is designed to allow students to develop knowledge, skills, and capabilities in the following areas:

Employability: This module fosters the development of a range of non-technical graduate attributes which are integral to the RCVS Day One competences including communication, legislation and ethics to prepare students for a professional workplace. Through individual research projects, students are able to develop critical thinking, communication skills, decision-making and collaboration. The assessment strategy requires students to demonstrate research skills, use of digital tools and application of knowledge acquired across the topics within the context of veterinary research.

Digital Capabilities: Throughout the module, students are required to utilize digital technology, including accessing the library databases for literature evaluation, use of referencing software, use of statistical analysis software and creating a scientific paper.

Global and Cultural Capabilities: Within this module, individual research projects provide opportunities to collaborate, communicate and build relationships with people from different backgrounds and senior professionals within the veterinary field.

Resourcefulness and Resilience: This module teaches and encourages reflective engagement, collaboration and active learning through self-directed activities, facilitator meetings and individual research projects. The assessments challenge and stretch students and are geared towards promoting resourcefulness and resilience. Students are guided to optimize feedback opportunities, to reflect thoughtfully and in a structured manner on learning and experiences, and to respond flexibly to challenges throughout the module, thus enhancing their resilience and resourcefulness.

Sustainability: Veterinary students will develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes needed to work, live and lead in a way that meets the current needs of the profession without compromising on the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

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 2025/6 academic year.