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Postgraduate Course: Genetically modified animals (C-LAS.3) (VESC11070)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe objective of this course is to promote a scientific, evidence based approach to laboratory animal science, and to help candidates develop both practical and theoretical skills in the field. The student is expected to build on the foundation skills developed when undertaking the A and B courses, and to demonstrate progression towards advanced practitioner skills. The student will be able to evaluate their own standards of practice and develop strategies for continuous improvement in the future.
Course description This assessment-only course forms part of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice. Students working towards the designated Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Laboratory Animal Science) will need to complete the following modules: A-FAVP.1 Foundations in Advanced Veterinary Practice, B-LAS.4, this module, two other C modules (from LAS-designated modules) plus one other B or C module. Upon completion of all the necessary modules, a further synoptic assessment will also be required.

This course focuses on the potential of genetic technology for research into development, medical treatment, and disease susceptibility. In addition to an understanding of genetic technology used in research, the student will be expected to appreciate the law, codes of practice and guidance related to genetically modified organisms. The student will evidence understanding of the methods to create and manage genetically modified and mutant rodent colonies, and phenotype genetically modified rodents, plus the health and welfare issues associated with genetic modification in rodents.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Appreciate the potential of genetic technology for research into development, medical treatment, and disease susceptibility
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of methods of creating genetically modified and mutant rodents, and Understand the health & welfare issues associated with genetic modification in rodents
  3. Have knowledge of the management of transgenic and mutant rodent colonies as well as standard inbred, outbred and other genetically defined colonies
  4. Have knowledge of the process of phenotyping genetically modified rodents
  5. Recognise the legal and ethical requirements in relation to genetically modified organisms
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills A. Research and Enquiry
Graduates of the University will be able to create new knowledge and opportunities for learning through the process of research and enquiry. This may be understood in terms of the following:
be able to identify, define and analyse problems and identify or create processes to solve them
be able to exercise critical judgment in creating new understanding
be ready to ask key questions and exercise rational enquiry
be able to critically assess existing understanding and the limitations of their own knowledge and recognise the need to regularly challenge all knowledge
search for, evaluate and use information to develop their knowledge and understanding
have an informed respect for the principles, methods, standards, values and boundaries of their discipline(s) and the capacity to question these
understand economic, legal, ethical, social, cultural and environmental issues in the use of information
recognise the importance of reflecting on their learning experiences and be aware of their own learning style

B. Personal and Intellectual Autonomy
Graduates of the University will be able to work independently and sustainably, in a way that is informed by openness, curiosity and a desire to meet new challenges. This may be understood in terms of the following:
be able to identify processes and strategies for learning
be independent learners who take responsibility for their own learning, and are committed to continuous reflection, self-evaluation and self-improvement
be able to make decisions on the basis of rigorous and independent thought, taking into account ethical and professional issues
be able to use collaboration and debate effectively to test, modify and strengthen their own views
be intellectually curious and able to sustain intellectual interest
be able to respond effectively to unfamiliar problems in unfamiliar contexts

C. Communication
Graduates of the University will recognise and value communication as the tool for negotiating and creating new understanding, collaborating with others, and furthering their own learning. This may be understood in terms of the following:
make effective use of oral, written and visual means to critique, negotiate, create and communicate understanding
use communication as a tool for collaborating and relating to others
further their own learning through effective use of the full range of communication approaches
seek and value open feedback to inform genuine self-awareness
recognise the benefits of communicating with those beyond their immediate environments
use effective communication to articulate their skills as identified through self-reflection

D. Personal Effectiveness
Graduates of the University will be able to effect change and be responsive to the situations and environments in which they operate. This may be understood in terms of the following:
appreciate and use talents constructively, demonstrating self-discipline, motivation, adaptability, persistence and professionalism
be able to create and harness opportunities
be able to manage risk while initiating and managing change
be responsive to their changing surroundings, being both flexible and proactive
have the confidence to make decisions based on their understandings and their personal and intellectual autonomy
be able to flexibly transfer their knowledge, learning, skills and abilities from one context to another
understand social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities and issues
be able to work effectively with others, capitalising on their different thinking, experience and skills
work with, manage, and lead others in ways that value their diversity and equality and that encourage their contribution to the organisation and the wider community
Keywordslaboratory animal science,laboratory,rcvs,certavp,genetically modified animals
Course organiserMs Sharon Boyd
Course secretaryMs Irene Harris
Tel: (0131 6)50 6149
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