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LB0124

Project based research training

This course is intended for students who wants to learn more about agricultural research and research methods. It is based on individual projects in order for you to be able to choose and plan for a project within the field of your interest.

With the support of a supervisor, you will identify a scientific problem to work with for the duration of the course. Your main focus will be on learning a research method, and the project itself can take place in a laboratory, in field or in a greenhouse. Along with your practical work you will also do literature studies in order to learn about the theoretical background of the method used, and to be able to compare it with other research methods within the field. The course will provide you with an insight into the research process and the work of a research group.

LB0124 Project based research training, 15.0 Credits

Project based research training

Syllabus approved

2021-11-15

Subjects

Agricultural science Horticultural science

Education cycle

Master’s level

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, other second-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1F)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.

Language

English

Prior knowledge

The equivalent of 30 credits at advanced level in Agricultural Science or Horticultural Science, and English B.

Objectives

The student will gain insight into research by working with a project in close association with a research group. The student will be able to train, in practice, how to apply some of the methods used by the research group in order to solve a specific problem. The student will also study the theory behind the methods in order to understand the limitations and possibilities of them.
On completion of the course the student will:
- be able to apply one, or more, methods used in the relevant research area
- understand the theoretical background of the used methods
- identify a research question, collect or use relevant data, and scientifically analyze and discuss data and methodology
- have insights in the research process and the work of a research group
- be able to relate the research to the UN Sustainability goals

Content

The course is based on an individual project. Prior to the course, the student is asked to identify the research area or research methods he/she is interested of learning more about. The student then contacts the course leader and a representative of a research group who can supervise the project work. At the beginning of the course, the student and the supervisor identify an individual project and a time plan is written. The student is introduced to laboratory or field site routines, including the safety aspects. After a supervised introduction to the methods, the student works more independent with the project. Literature studies in relation to the subject and the chosen methods are included. The student presents the work carried out in a scientific report containing introduction, materials and methods, results, and a discussion that includes the possibilities and limitations of the used methods. The discussion shall also include a short segment explaining how the research project relates to the UN Sustainability goals. In addition, the student presents the results of the project in a seminar for the research group.

Formats and requirements for examination

The examination consists of:
• Active participation in the work of a research group.
• An approved scientific report written in English.
• An oral presentation of the results.
If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor’s and Master’s level.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

The course will broaden the student’s knowledge about research work and associated methods and/or may serve as a pre-study to a Master’s project.

Responsible department

Department of Biosystems and Technology
Cooperating departments:
Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management
Department of People and Society
Department of Plant Breeding
Department of Plant Protection Biology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
Replaces: LB0066
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Agroecology - Master´s Programme Horticultural Science - Master´s Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Agricultural science Horticultural science
Course code: LB0124 Application code: SLU-10119 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Biosystems and Technology Pace: 100%