Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Available semesters 1 and 2
Appropriate degree : BSc (Hons) Animal Science, Equine Science, Agricultural Science, Biological Science or equivalent.

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Maximum length 10,000 words  Dissertation: 
Supplementary Assessment Re-submit dissertation 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

1. Use a full range of information retrieval systems.
2. Identify and discriminate between relevant and irrelevant information.
3. Analyse and interpret scientific work.
4. Present a fully referenced in-depth review of the material retrieved and specific to the subject area selected.
5. Write in an academic context.
6. Correctly use, cite and reference source material.
7. Write a critical discussion of information and evidence presented.
8. Write a detailed and correctly presented bibliography.

Brief description

A project related to the Post Graduate Certificate being studied will be selected in consultation with the module co-ordinator. The project is to be presented in the form of a fully referenced literature based dissertation (maximum length 10,000 words) to include a critical discussion of the subject area selected. The module will enable students to develop and demonstrate, to an advanced level, their skills in information identification, retrieval, interpretation, analysis and presentation.

Transferable skills

The following skills will be developed and assessed:

Independent project work
IT and information handling
Use and analysis of numerical information (dependent on the precise subject area selected)
Writing in an academic context
Career needs awareness

Reading List

Turabin, K L (1982) A manual for writers of research papers, theses and dissertations. J L Spink (ed) Heinemann, London Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 7