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Unit information: Dissertation in 2020/21

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

All 1st, 2nd and 3rd year units


All other 4th year units

School/department Bristol Veterinary School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


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 details

Online synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning

Small group working

Use of Virtual learning environment (Blackboard)

Assessment Details

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.

Reading and References

Specific to individual projects: supervisors will provide guidance.