Undergraduate Course: Professional Development (BVMS08059)
|School||Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course is required to be undertaken by any repeating/resitting student. It provides general support and advice on personal and professional development, including the opportunity for students to consider their own weaknesses and strengths.
This course can be studied by distance learning. Students are given the option but must declare before week 1 if they are studying on campus or distance learning. The mode of study cannot then be changed without discussion with the Course Director.
The aim of the course is to provide general support and advice on personal and professional development, including the opportunity for students to consider their own weaknesses and strengths. The course is provided both as an on campus and as a distance course (for those students not resident in the UK or away from Edinburgh). The distance option can be chosen for both or only one semester.
The distance option must be discussed with the course organiser and selected prior to the course commencing. Each student must complete a form prior to the start of the course to indicate their mode of study.
NB The distance option may be available to campus based students for one - off occasions for those students unable to attend the campus session e.g. due to EMS placement, etc. This must be discussed with the course organiser at least a week prior to the class.
All students who are repeating a year or part year with no special circumstances award in the previous academic year i.e. normally those that are required to attend all classes are required to take this course and must pass in order to progress (in addition to passing their re-sitting course(s)). Students with special circumstances award in previous academic year i.e. normally those on exam only can optionally take this course . For these students a pass in this course will not be required to progress but they must pass outstanding courses from previous years.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 2,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Portfolio entries 100%
||Feedback is defined as information to students which can enable them to review what they know, understand and can do in their studies, and to identify areas for improvement. Opportunities for feedback arise within timetabled classes (tutorials, practicals, lectures) as well as more informally. Feedback can be provided not only on coursework assignments, tests and exam answers, but also on activities that are not
formally assessed such as class discussion, group exercises, problem - solving and developing project plans and proposals. Below is some further detail regarding the feedback in the Professional Development course.
Type of Feedback
Pre-assignment guidance, learning objectives for the course
Verbal advice and direct feedback during discussion sessions. Peer support.
Student Self Reflection
Students should use the information provided, reflect and grasp opportunities throughout the course to put this to good use. This should include thinking about what progress has been made, what has gone well as well as not so well. Detailed individual feedback will be provided for each student following the submission of the second self - reflection.
Questionnaires are issued to students at the end of the course so that constructive comments can be made on the good and bad points of the course and on suggestions for change.
Assessed In-Course work
No formal feedback will be returned on the self-reflections however members of the study skills team and your Personal Tutor can talk through the content with you.
Students with any specific Professional Development queries should contact the relevant person as recommended in the course handbook. All other queries may be handled by the VTO office, your PT or they can point you in the right direction.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Accept the personal attributes and behaviours required of a professional
- Engage in reflective activity in terms of self-appraisal
- Recognise the importance of good communication
- Recognise sources of stress and methods for mitigating it.
- Develop effective time management, independent learning and study skills and Appreciating the value of giving and receiving constructive feedback
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||This course can be studied by distance learning. Students are given the option but must declare before week 1 if they are studying on campus or distance learning. The mode of study cannot then be changed without discussion with the Course Director.
|Course organiser||Dr Jessie Paterson
Tel: (0131 6)51 7477
|Course secretary||Mr Andrew Newcombe
Tel: (0131 6)50 6085