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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies : BSc Hons (Royal (Dick) Sch of Veterinary Studies)

Undergraduate Course: Professional Skills for Global Agri-Food Scientists 1 (VETS08010)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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
scientific method
Hypothesis setting
Experimental design
Collection of data
Data analysis
Critical thinking

Scientific writing (including avoiding plagiarism)
Poster presentation
Oral communication

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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  30
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( 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 141 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 100%

- 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 Feedback will be supplied within 15 days of the submission deadline.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate awareness and understanding of research and scientific approaches in the context of challenges within agri-food systems.
  2. 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.
  3. Develop critical analysis and evaluation skills to provide evidence-based solutions to topical issues within agri-food systems.
  4. Demonstrate oral and written communication skills, numeracy and ICT competencies to convey relevant information.
  5. Personal development in learning, time management and planning as well as working with others and independently.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsData science,science communication,scientific policy
Course organiserDr Jill MacKay
Tel: (0131 6)50 6122
Course secretaryMr Gordon Littlejohn
Tel: (0131 6)51 7454
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