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

Postgraduate Course: Specialist Clinical Skills 1 (VESC12001)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 12 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits100 ECTS Credits50
SummaryThis core course aims to provide students with an introduction to the subject specialty, through weeks of closely supervised clinical work, small group teaching sessions and practical classes.
Course description This core course will include:
1. Introduction to the specialty, through observation of specialist level clinical work.
2. Hands on experience of subject specific practical and technical skills.
3. One to one teaching with clinical specialists.
4. Training in report writing and effective communication.
5. Discussion, evaluation and critique of subject specific research with clinical specialists.

In this year 1 course, students will undertake a minimum of 25 weeks of supervised subject specific training. During this they will receive an introduction to the specialty, then begin closely supervised work within their specialty. It is accepted that students will join the course with varying backgrounds and experience, so student progress will be reviewed constantly by their principal supervisor such that the course can be tailored to the individual student.

Students will learn the requirements of a level 12 subject specialist, by observing and working closely with them.

Students will be expected to be able to undertake defined baseline SCQF level 12 specialist clinical and practical tasks by the end of the course, which will be assessed.

Students will be required to produce clinical reports and convey baseline subject specific SCQF level 12 specialist knowledge level information verbally to other professionals and lay people. Their ability to do these appropriately will be assessed and discussed with their principal supervisor.

Students will be encouraged and expected to undertake autonomous background subject reading, and discuss their findings with their supervisor.
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 Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 1000 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 20, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 980 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 60 %, Practical Exam 40 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1. Portfolio (50%)«br /»
To consist of:«br /»
a. A case log summarizing numbers of weeks on clinics, details of cases seen and level of involvement. (20%; LOs 1-2)«br /»
b. A selection of clinical reports or letters, demonstrating background research and understanding. Subject knowledge, writing ability and effective communication. (30%; LOs 1-5)«br /»
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2. Observed clinical tasks (30%; LOs 1-2)«br /»
A list of subject specific first year SCQF level 12 specialist clinical tasks will be observed during either clinical work or practical laboratories. These will be signed off once they are adequately completed by the student.«br /»
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3. Viva (10%; LOs 1-5)«br /»
Towards the end of the year the student will undergo a viva examination. This will be related to subject specific topics (suitable for the first year of training).«br /»
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4. Supervisor statement (10%; LOs 1-5)«br /»
A written assessment of the student¿s overall clinical progression will be provided«br /»
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate understanding of the responsibilities of a specialist in their chosen subject as well as baseline subject specific SCQF level 12 specialist knowledge.
  2. Perform first year specialist level practical / technical tasks within the chosen subject area.
  3. Critically compare reported approaches to clinical tasks and use this information to formulate plans.
  4. Identify, then evaluate, criticise and appraise the literature associated with selected baseline subject specific SCQF level 12 specialist clinical tasks and convey this information to others.
  5. Explain subject related information to other professionals and lay people, both verbally and in writing.
Reading List
This will be maintained by the specialist leads for each subject area, but there are ample resources in the clinical hospitals, R(D)SVS library and online.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills On completion, students will:

1. Have an understanding of the responsibilities of a specialist in their chosen subject and a first year specialist level subject specific knowledge.

2. Be able to perform certain practical/technical tasks within the chosen subject.

3. Know how to perform literature searches and then critically appraise their findings.

4. Be able to explain subject related information to other professionals and lay people, both verbally and in writing
KeywordsVeterinary,Specialist,Diploma,Professional Doctorate,Clinical Training
Course organiserMr Richard Reardon
Tel: (0131 6)51 3915
Course secretaryMrs Emma Pineau
Tel: (0131 6)51 9198
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