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Unit information: Dissertation in 2021/22

Unit name Dissertation
Unit code VETS30019
Credit points 40
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Hezzell
Open unit status Not open

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All other 4th year units

School/department Bristol Veterinary School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

An individual in-depth exploration of one aspect of Veterinary Nursing or Bioveterinary Science, involving the planning and execution of a piece of original research. Each student completes an individual piece of research under the supervision of one or more members of academic staff.

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Select an appropriate research topic with guidance

2. Demonstrate extended knowledge and understanding of the specific area

3. Critically evaluate published research in related areas

4. Generate and test hypotheses using an appropriate experimental, observational or critical review approach.

5. Analyse data and produce an overall synthesis and evaluation of the project work

6. Demonstrate suitable oral and written communication skills including appropriate referencing.

Teaching Information

Online synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning

Small group working

Use of Virtual learning environment (Blackboard)

Assessment Information

Students must pass the following assessments:

Dissertation (70% weighting)

Dissertation presentation (10% weighting)

Students will also be assessed on their overall performance during the dissertation (20% weighting)

All units must be passed in order to pass this year of study. There will be an opportunity to resit Dissertation and Dissertation presentation if required to do so.


If this unit has a Resource List, you will normally find a link to it in the Blackboard area for the unit. Sometimes there will be a separate link for each weekly topic.

If you are unable to access a list through Blackboard, you can also find it via the Resource Lists homepage. Search for the list by the unit name or code (e.g. VETS30019).

How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.