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Undergraduate Course: Professional & Clinical Skills (1) (BVMS08052)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryIntroduction to Professional & Clinical Skills - the course is the first of progressive courses in each year of the BVM&S degree programme.
Professional skills:
The first year course will cover what is expected of a professional, introduce self-appraisal and recording progress, to be continued in future years. The emphasis will be on establishing an understanding of basic professional attributes and behaviour, with a focus on self-appraisal, group working and study skills. Linkages will be made with other courses where aspects of professionalism are highlighted.
Clinical skills:
The module will introduce students to basic clinical skills and the concept of assessing a clinical case using the SOAP (subjective, objective, assessment, plan) approach. GEP classes will focus mainly on developing observation, palpation and auscultation skills relevant to the dog.
Course description This course develops the theme of personal and interpersonal skills and communication skills, with an emphasis on inter-personal skills, client perspectives, the human-animal bond and clinical examination of the dog.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 44, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 44 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1. Attendance

You are expected to attend ALL of the professional and clinical skills practical/tutorial classes listed on this course, but you MUST attend a minimum of 75% of these classes to pass this course.
Please make sure that you sign the attendance sheet for every class to ensure that we have accurate records of your attendance.

If for medical reasons you cannot attend you must inform the school office and your Personal Tutor in writing of your illness and produce a Medical Certificate.

2. Portfolio Submission
A complete portfolio MUST be handed in before the given deadline

PASS/FAIL result
Feedback Instant feedback is given for the Drug Calc & Online formative (Clinical Skills) assessment. Verbal feedback will be given during clinical skills classes.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify the personal attributes and behaviours required of a professional (including the online identity) and start to develop effective time and stress management, independent learning, study skills and reflective practices.
  2. Explain the importance of good communication skills and in particular those relating to small groups and recognise the factors that can affect group relationships
  3. Be able to find, use and critic relevant literature resources and be able to communicate these either in a written format (e.g. essay) or orally (e.g. presentation)
  4. Demonstrate and verbalise the steps involved in performing basic subjective and physical examinations of a dog.
  5. Reflect on personal progress in the development of introductory professional and clinical skills and identify strengths and weaknesses.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserMs Rachel Whittington
Tel: (0131 6)50 6289
Course secretaryMiss Amanda Huggan
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