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Master thesis Animal Science 45 ECTS

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Time
Block 1 , Block 2 , Block 3 And Block 4
In year 2
Programme level Full Degree Master
ECTS 45 ECTS
Course responsible
  • Christian Fink Hansen (3-65686a4275777066306d7730666d)
  • Department of Large Animal Sciences
Course number: SASK14301E

Course content

The purpose of the thesis is to allow students to demonstrate their ability to work independently with an academic topic which is an important part of the individual student’s academic profile.

Learning outcome

A student who has completed his/her thesis has acquired the following competencies:

 

Knowledge:

  • Identify scientific problems within the study programme’s subject areas.
  • Summarise a suitable combination of methodologies/theories based on international research for use in his/her work with the problem formulation.
  • Discuss theories/models on the basis of an organised value system and with a high degree of independence.

 

Skills:

  • Apply and critically evaluate theories/methodologies, including their applicability and limitations.
  • Assess the extent to which the production and interpretation of findings/material depend on the theory/methodology chosen and the delimitation chosen.
  • Discuss academic issues arising from the thesis.
  • Draw conclusions in a clear and academic manner in relation to the problem formulation and, more generally, considering the topic and the subject area.
  • Discuss and communicate the academic and social significance, if any, of the thesis based on ethical principles.

 

If the thesis includes experimental content/own data production, the student will also be able to:

  • Substantiate the idea of conducting experimental work/producing own data in order to shed light on the topic as formulated in the problem formulation.
  • Process data through a choice of academic analysis methods and present findings objectively and in a concise manner.
  • Assess the credibility of own findings based on relevant data processing.

 

Competencies:

  • Initiate and perform academic work in a research context.
  • Solve complex problems and carry out development assignments in a work context.

 

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Application form at KUnet

https://intranet.ku.dk/animalscience_ma/application_forms/Pages/default.aspx

Education

MSc in Animal Science - compulsory

Studyboard

The Study Board for Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science

Teacher

The main supervisor is responsible for ensuring that the scope of the thesis is such that it can be completed within the set timeframe, and that the student receives regular feedback as to whether his/her work is progressing at a pace that will allow him/her to comply with the timeframe.

The deadline for submitting the thesis must follow the timeframe which corresponds to the ECTS workload of the thesis, nine months incl. defence for a 45-ECTS credit thesis. The theises must be handed in no later than 14 days before the defence.

If the contract specifies that the student is to follow other subject elements concurrently with working on the thesis, the deadline for submission may be extended by a period corresponding to the total ECTS workload for the subject element, i.e. the deadline for submission may be extended by one and a half months for each study activity equalling 7.5 ECTS credits.

Duration

3 blocks

Schedulegroup

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Teaching and learning methods

For students enrolled in the Masters Programme in Animal Science 1. september 2016:The thesis must be witten in grups af no more than tree student under the supervision of a supervisor from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences or at the Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen.

Capacity

Only for MSc Animal Science students

Language

English

Workload

Category Hours
Guidance 20
Project work 1215,5
Exam 2
English 1237,5

Exam (Written assignment, oral exam (Cource certificate))

Type of assessment

Written assignment, .
Oral examination, 1 hour
Participation in the oral thesis defence may be made conditional upon a midway seminar being held in the thesis period with a view to preparing the student for the oral defence. The date for the midway seminar, if any, is to be stated in the thesis contract.

Theses may be completed by groups of no more than 3 students. The thesis contract must specify whether the thesis is to be completed as group work.

The thesis report may either be a joint report or a report stating the contribution of each student in the group. Irrespective of the type of report prepared, the report must be included in the oral exam and thus form the basis of the individual assessment. The report type must be specified in the thesis contract.

If the group has prepared a report stating the contributions of the individual students, the students will be examined on the content of the entire report at the oral exam, taking into account the academic capabilities of the individual student. The assessment will be based on the individual student’s contribution to the report and the oral presentation

Exam form
The thesis is concluded with an oral defence lasting approx. 60 minutes, including a presentation and questions lasting approx. 30 minutes pr. person (maximum 1 hour pr. group).


The oral defence is public, and the supervisor announces the time and place for the defence.
If the thesis includes a confidential component, this part of the thesis may be considered behind closed doors in connection with the oral defence. Only the student(s), internal examiner and external examiner participate.

The entire thesis may not be considered behind closed doors. In exceptional cases, however, the dean may grant an exemption from this provision.

A single grade is given for the thesis report and the oral defence. In addition to assessing the academic content of the thesis, where the abstract is included on a par with the other components, the examiners will also assess the student’s spelling and writing proficiency. This applies regardless of which language the thesis is written in, as capacity to communicate the subject matter is included in the overall assessment.

The grade must be awarded on the same day as the thesis defence is held.

Aid

All aids allowed

Marking scale

7-point grading scale

Criteria for exam assessment

To achive the maximum grade of 12, the student shall be abel to:

Knowledge:

  • Identify scientific problems within the study programme’s subject areas.
  • Summarise a suitable combination of methodologies/theories based on international research for use in his/her work with the problem formulation.
  • Discuss theories/models on the basis of an organised value system and with a high degree of independence.

 

Skills:

  • Apply and critically evaluate theories/methodologies, including their applicability and limitations.
  • Assess the extent to which the production and interpretation of findings/material depend on the theory/methodology chosen and the delimitation chosen.
  • Discuss academic issues arising from the thesis.
  • Draw conclusions in a clear and academic manner in relation to the problem formulation and, more generally, considering the topic and the subject area.
  • Discuss and communicate the academic and social significance, if any, of the thesis based on ethical principles.

 

If the thesis includes experimental content/own data production, the student will also be able to:

  • Substantiate the idea of conducting experimental work/producing own data in order to shed light on the topic as formulated in the problem formulation.
  • Process data through a choice of academic analysis methods and present findings objectively and in a concise manner.
  • Assess the credibility of own findings based on relevant data processing.

 

Competencies:

  • Initiate and perform academic work in a research context.
  • Solve complex problems and carry out development assignments in a work context.

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