The End-of-degree dissertation is a compulsory course worth 9 ECTS credits. Students will have to show all competences developed throughout the degree. It is a key course in which students will need to go deeper into the knowledge and skills acquired in the degree. The end-of-degree dissertation will involve implementing general competences associated with the degree; students will be able to pursue and critically review scientific knowledge; to manage, organise and interpret relevant data within their field of study and professional area. Critical, logical and creative thinking is fostered through this course.
The TFG is an unpublished, original and individual academic piece of work, which serves to prove the student’s professional development. Students will work under the supervision of an academic tutor; the last stage will be the defence of the dissertation before an examination board including three members, experts in Health Science, designated by the University.
Students who have chosen one of the specialisations available (“Specialisation in nutrition and public health: consumer education” or “Specialisation in physical exercise and training”) must work on a related topic in their end-of-dissertation degree, in addition to taking the courses included in the given specialisation, and an internship in the same area.
Enrollment on the End-of-degree dissertation is only possible once 180 ECTS have been completed and upon enrollment of all remaining courses in the degree programme.
Three stages have been designed for the correct development of the TFG: Introduction, development and defence.
- Introduction: work in the first term will be done on the online platform (Aula Virtual). The student will get familiar with the course and the process towards their dissertation. They will have access to the syllabus, the timing, the different topics and regulations. The student will also have access to different training courses that will enable them to develop a successful TFG.
- Development: during this stage, students will work on their dissertation. They will be assigned a supervisor, according to the area of study chosen, to guide them throughout the whole process.
- Defence: This is the final stage of the course. The defence will take place before an examination board via videoconference unless students express their preference for a face-to-face defence, in which case the defence will take place on Universidad Isabel I premises in Burgos. Both types of defence (video conference or on-site) will comply with the same requirements. Under no circumstances an academic tutor will be part of the board assessing one of their students.
Students can choose from two assessment modalities: continuous and formative assessment or final assessment.
- Continuous and formative assessment: students must follow a compulsory submission schedule, each of which will be thoroughly reviewed and commented on by the supervisor. It is strongly recommended to choose this assessment modality.
- Final assessment: students will have to submit to compulsory drafts to ensure formative assessment by supervisors, who will review and suggest improvements on these drafts.
Two core items will be graded; students need to pass both with a minimum mark of 5 out of 10 in each.
- Supervision of the end-of-degree dissertation, worth 50% of the final mark.
- Grade awarded by the Examination Board at the defence, worth 50% of the final mark.
Students’ dissertation defence will only be possible with prior authorisation by the supervisor. This authorisation does not mean or ensure that students will pass the course. In addition, the defence will only be possible upon successful completion of all courses in the degree, as per official academic records.
All TFGs are examined through anti-plagiarism software, according to the University regulations. Non-justified, non-properly-referenced similarities will not be admitted. Plagiarism will automatically mean that the course has been failed and it may also involve additional penalties.
Areas of study
Students must list their preferred areas (and sub-areas or specializations) provided by the Degree. Then, a supervisor, expert in that field, will be assigned.
Students enrolled on a specialization must select relevant area.
- Area of Nutrition and Dietetics: sub-area or specialization in physical exercise and training.
- Area of Nutrition and Dietetics: sub-area or specialization in Nutrition and Public Health: Consumer education.
- Area of Nutrition and Dietetics: sub-area in Clinical Nutrition.
- Area of Science and Food technology.
In addition, the student must choose among the following types of work: bibliographic revision, design of a research project, or research project.
The course is supported by a diverse teaching staff with different duties to ensure a smooth development. The course head teacher («responsable de asignatura») coordinates and guides supervisors on matters such as timing, schedule, information on assessment; they manage the online platform (information to students) and the Q&A forum. In addition, the End-of-dissertation Committee regularly meets during the school year to deal with issues that may arise during supervision, to organise assessment, to revise competences and learning outcomes, to set up defence juries, etc.
Course head teacher
Dra. Miriam Martínez Castro
Dr. cum laude in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology by Universidad de León. Degree in Biochemistry and Chemical Sciences. Pedagogical Aptitude Certificate (CAP). Accredited as Profesor Contratado Doctor and Profesor de Universidad Privada.
Teaching experience at Universidad Isabel I in the Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and in the Master’s Degree in Teacher’s Training. Lecturer at Universidad de León in the Degree in Biology and Biotechnology. Tutor of TFM and Internship programmes, and member of examination boards of TFG and TFM.
Professional experience as manager of R&D projects in the field of Biotechnology at the chemical-pharmaceutical company Gadea Biopharma. Researcher at the Instituto de Biotecnología de León (INBIOTEC) and several contributions in R+D projects in the area of biotechnology.
Her main research areas involve the implementation of new technologies to biotechnology and food security, and the biotechnological production of pharmaceutical and industrial products. She has published several articles in international indexed journals, book chapters, and has taken part in national and international conferences.
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