Type of module:

Summary module description:

This entirely practical module consists of the undertaking of a research project, analysing the findings and preparation of a scientific paper to report the project.  This project may either be done at the University of Reading using the facilities therein, or it may be done at a distance, based at the student’s place of work.


To develop students’ research skills to enable them to conduct research projects successfully and independently.

To analyse data using appropriate statistical techniques

To reflect and report on the project’s findings

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module the students will be able to:

  • Undertake a complex research project in animal science

  • Collate and analyse data using appropriate statistical techniques

  • Report research outcomes in a manner suitable for publication in a peer reviewed journal

Additional outcomes:

The development of time management and problem-solving skills.

Outline content:

Having agreed the research plan, the student will undertake the programme of work necessary to test the researchable hypothesis.  If the student is based at Reading and undertaking the project at the University, then any training and supervision required to undertake the necessary animal and laboratory work will be given.  If the project is being done at the student’s place of work, then supervision will be by online discussion, with a supervisory visit at an appropriate point in the project’s life.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Online discussions with supervisor.  Training and supervision of necessary animal and laboratory techniques (if based at University of Reading).

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Project Supervision 7 7 7
Guided independent study: 193 193 193
Total hours by term 200 200 200
Total hours for module

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

The preparation of a scientific paper, suitable for submission to a peer reviewed journal, reporting the findings of the research project.

Formative assessment methods:

Formative feedback is provided on the statistical analysis of data and on drafts of the paper when in preparation.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:

A mark of 50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:

Re-submission of the scientific paper

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 10 April 2019


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