Undergraduate Course: Professional Skills for Global Agri-Food Scientists 1 (VETS08010)
|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||Available to all students
|Summary||This introductory course will give students fundamental skills in the collection of data, presentation of data, communication skills and writing skills which will be developed in the context of agri-food systems.
This course will provide fundamentals skills in Scientific Methodology and the communication of science in an agri-food context. These skills will be placed in the context of personal learning and development and so act as the basis for effective learning in all other aspects of the programme All examples and teaching will be based on the agri-food industry to ensure fundamental skills are gained within an applied context.
Main Content areas:
An introduction to science within the agri-food industry and global challenges
Collection of data
Scientific writing (including avoiding plagiarism)
The course will also aid students develop their own learning style, learn how to reflect on their own learning, to manage their time and plan their studies
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 15,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
- Assignment 1 (Oral Presentation): 15%
- Assignment 2 (R Assignment): 25%
- Assignment 3 (Agri-Food Public Engagement Piece): 25%
- Assignment 4 (Written results and discussion): 25%
- Assignment 5 (Tutorial Engagement): 10%
||Feedback will be supplied within 15 days of the submission deadline.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate awareness and understanding of research and scientific approaches in the context of challenges within agri-food systems.
- Apply knowledge, skills and understanding in using a range of techniques, practices and lines of enquiry e.g. through hypothesis setting, testing and data handling.
- Develop critical analysis and evaluation skills to provide evidence-based solutions to topical issues within agri-food systems.
- Demonstrate oral and written communication skills, numeracy and ICT competencies to convey relevant information.
- Personal development in learning, time management and planning as well as working with others and independently.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Data science,science communication,scientific policy
|Course organiser||Dr Jill MacKay
Tel: (0131 6)50 6122
|Course secretary||Mr Gordon Littlejohn
Tel: (0131 6)51 7454