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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies : Veterinary Sciences

Postgraduate Course: Veterinary Cardiology 2: Cardiac Diseases of the Cat and Dog (VESC11128)

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 course will cover but not be limited to, cardiac (heart) disease, using the modalities of electrocardiography (ECG), radiography (X-ray), echocardiography (heart ultrasound) primarily.
Course description This course will provide students with high-quality SCQF level 11 specialised skills in veterinary cardiology. The course will cover but not be limited to, cardiac (heart) disease, using the modalities of electrocardiography (ECG), radiography (X-ray), echocardiography (heart ultrasound) primarily.

The didactic component of the course will consist of online lectures, required readings from the University library, and MCQs to re-enforce learning objectives, supported by online discussion boards. Activities, which will run in parallel to the didactic components and be matched to the learning objectives, will consist of online presentation of clinical cases, which students will interpret and manage, both to practice diagnostic skills and elaboration of treatment plans.

As a guide, students will spend approximately 7 hours each week working through online material, including essential reading with up to 3 hours of online discussion and activity. A further 10 hours may be spent on additional self-study and assignments. It is very difficult to assess time spent in intellectual undertakings and the timings are only intended for guidance.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 17/09/2018
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) In-course assessment will be a mixture of multiple choice questions, weekly activities and contributions to discussions; in-course assessments will be delivered in parallel with the taught component and provide formative feedback for students over the duration of the course.

Final assessment will include:
Learning Diary 40%
Case Report 50%
Open-Book Multiple Choice Questions 10%
Feedback All assignments will be marked and feedback provided within a period of 15 working days following submission (excluding holidays periods whereby the University of closed, e.g. over the Christmas period).

Opportunities for informal feedback arise within the course discussion boards and live sessions as well as through email discussions. Formal feedback and feedforward will be provided only on coursework assignments and on formative activities.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. List indications and interpret the most important diagnosis tests used in cardiology, including haematology, biochemistry, circulating cardiac biomarkers, blood pressure measurement, radiography and electrocardiography
  2. List indications and understand basic interpretation principles for more advanced diagnostic tools and tests, including blood gas analysis and echocardiography
  3. Describe an appropriate treatment plan for the most common congenital and acquired cardiac diseases in dogs and cats and for patients with congestive heart failure
  4. Recognise the level of evidence behind treatment of congenital and acquired cardiac diseases in the cat and dog
  5. Critically review and demonstrate consolidation and development of knowledge, skills, practices and thinking on the general approach to the cardiac patient, with emphasis on clinical examination findings such as thoracic auscultation and femoral pulses
Reading List
The course reading list will be provided via the Universitys Resource List service and a link will be provided on the Learn course. A maximum of three essential reading items will be given each week with further reading as required. Additional resources will be provided, making full use of university electronic library, Learn, Media Hopper and other online resources. Other support material will be available through external open-access websites.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Knowledge and skills will include:

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

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 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 manage risk while initiating and managing change
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
Keywordseterinary,Vet,Heart,Lung,Pericardium,Thorax,Chest
Contacts
Course organiserMrs Yolanda Martinez-Pereira
Tel: (0131 6)50 7650
Email: Yolanda.Martinez@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Linda Pollock
Tel: (0131) 650 6149
Email: Linda.Pollock@ed.ac.uk
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