AP2A63-Animal Science in Practice 2

Module Provider: School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Students need to be enrolled on the BSc Animal Science or BSc Animal Science with Industrial Training programme
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Caroline Rymer

Email: c.rymer@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
There are two parts to this module. 75% of the module comprises a short series of lectures followed by a student project. In the lectures, students will learn the process of planning and delivering a successful research project. In the project, teams of students will plan and deliver a project, reporting its findings in the form of a class presentation, a poster at the annual Animal Science conference and as a project report. Its findings will also be discussed in individual vivas. The other component of the module is Career Planning, in which students plan systematically for their future careers. There is no examination associated with this module.

The module has two main aims:
(1)To provide students with the opportunity to develop research skills and apply knowledge and skills developed in their programme by taking part in a team research project relating to animal science. (15 credits)
(2)The module also includes Career Planning (AP1SCP & AP2SCP) designed to encourage students to think about, and plan more systematically for, their future careers. This takes place late in the Spring Term of Part 1 and the Autumn Term of Part 2. This module component aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop self-awareness in the context of career decision making, knowledge of the career opportunities that are available to them, and the skills to make effective applications (5 credits).

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:
•Produce a plan and undertake a research project
•Analyse and interpret data
•Report research findings in a variety of formats
•Identify, assess and articulate their skills, interests, values and personality traits in the context of career decision making.
•Develop careers information retrieval, research and decision making skills, using a variety of sources including the Internet and where appropriate interviews.
•Recognise and be able to write an effective application (a CV and covering letter) informed by their understanding of the recruitment and selection processes.

Additional outcomes:
The module also aims to encourage the development of the following skills:
•Working with other people
•Time management and organisation
•Effective communication
•Business awareness through understanding broad trends in the graduate labour market and the personal attributes and achievements that employers require
• IT and information handling skills by using the Internet
•Personal Development Planning (PDP) abilities through the reflective exercises and forward-looking nature of career planning, which will significantly contribute to PARs and other PDP activities.

Outline content:
(1)Team project: In small student teams, the module is designed to give the students some practical research skills in the laboratory and/or field which may help in their final year projects as well as gaining experience which may be applicable to employment or further study. The assessment part of the module will help students to develop skills of formulating and testing a research hypothesis, analysing data, communicating results and writing scientific reports.
(2)AP1SCP & AP2SCP: The module components consists of three elements that relate to the stages in effective career planning, self-awareness (Finding Your Profile), opportunity awareness and decision making (Finding the Fit), and transition skills (Effective Applications).

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

(1) Team project: Students will be placed in small teams and assigned a research project to carry out. Teams will receive guidance from an appointed supervisor prior to starting and will be in regular contact during the project. Students should attend timetabled sessions to support their research project during the autumn and spring terms of Part 2. (2) AP1SCP & AP2SCP: Each of the three elements in effective career planning are introduced in lecture sessions supplemented by practical exercises and self directed learning using on-line materials available on the Internet at: http://www.rdg.ac.uk/Careers/cms. PLEASE NOTE THAT CONTACT HOURS BELOW ARE INDICATIVE ONLY.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Seminars 5 5
Tutorials 5 5
Project Supervision 10 10
Guided independent study 70 80
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 25
Portfolio 25
Oral assessment and presentation 50

Other information on summative assessment:
(1)Team project: A presentation on the objectives and methodology of the research project will be given to the class in the second half of the Autumn Term. The results of the project will be summarised in a poster presented at the annual Animal Science conference in the Spring Term, and the project will be reported in a formal report submitted at the end of the Spring Term. Individual vivas, to discuss the research project, will be held at the end of the Spring Term.
(2)Career planning portfolio - details on the Career Planning Blackboard site.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    By submission of a piece of coursework.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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