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Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:05

Course Overview

This non-credit bearing course will facilitate your preparation for your Honours project.


Lectures and workshops will clarify expectations for project work and provide training in risk assessment, consideration of ethical issues, environmental impacts and project planning.


Resources to help you define and plan your project will be made available through MyAberdeen, helping you to be confident that your project planning is sufficiently advanced by the end of your Programme Year 3.


Submission of an agreed (with your supervisor) project outline, completed checklists and preliminary risk assessment will allow you to demonstrate engagement with your project.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 0 credits (0 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Jeremy Sternberg
  • Dr John Baird

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Programme Level 3
  • One of BSc Biology or BSc Conservation Biology or BSc Zoology or BSc Marine Biology or Bachelor Of Science In Animal Behaviour And Welfare or BSc Animal Behaviour or BSc Behavioural Biology or MSci Biological Sciences or BSc Biological Sciences (Honours) or BSc Plant and Soil Sciences or Bachelor Of Science In Environmental And Forest Management or BSc Ecology or BSc Environmental Science

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course is compulsory for students on BSc Honours programmes within the School of Biological Sciences.  It is intended to facilitate your preparation for your Honours project by providing a mechanism for information exchange, recording of activity and submission of planning documents.


The course will be supported by a small number of lectures and workshops during the second semester that will serve to clarify expectations for projects, provide training in the identification and mitigation of risks associated with project work and the consideration of ethical issues and environmental impacts of project work.


The course is not assessed for a grade, however, students will be required to submit documentation that demonstrates engagement and satisfactory completion of key elements of project planning.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

There are no assessments for this course.

Formative Assessment

Checklists and risk assessment

Assessment Type Formative Weighting
Assessment Weeks 34 Feedback Weeks 36

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Generic feedback to the class will be provided verbally; where issues arise, individualised written feedback will be provided.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandTo demonstrate an appreciation of health and safety issues, ethical issues and environmental impacts associated with conducting research.

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