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Undergraduate Course: Professional Skills for Global Agri-Food Scientists 3 (VETS10032)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course will build skills applicable to the agri-food industry and will allow application of these skills through a work placement, and facilitate reflection on knowledge and skills gained.
Course description The course will continue to develop fundamental skills for scientists within the agri-food industry. These will include scientific method and communication as well as understanding the development of policy, legislation and the importance of scientific evidence within this context. A major part of this course will be for the students to undertake a work based placement where they will be able to see first-hand the issues relating to the agri-food industry. This will develop interpersonal skills, working independently and problem solving skills.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Professional Skills for Global Agri-Food Scientists 2 (VETS08014) AND
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  30
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 30, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 30, Fieldwork Hours 40, Formative Assessment Hours 20, Summative Assessment Hours 120, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 152 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 30 %, Coursework 70 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Policy Document (20%): Students will be given a topical issue and they must prepare a report for policymakers. The report should be concise but demonstrate knowledge of relevant legislation, scientific research and show integration of these with suggestions for potential solutions.

Data Exam (30%) Exam: Students will be given a series of datasets and will be expected to describe the data, give justification for their choice of tests and to produce statistical output. This exam MUST be passed in order to pass this course.

Work Placement Blog (15%) While on placement, students will produce feedback to the Course Leader in the form of a Blog. They will receive feedback to provide guidance, support and suggestions during the placement. This feedback will feed forward to Assignment 2.

Work Placement Reflective Exercise (35%) Each student should carry out a reflective exercise of the Work Placement. This should include a description of the location and the intended purpose of the placement. It should then include the knowledge gained relating to the Agri-Food industry. A section on transferrable skills/personal development will be included.
Feedback Feedback will be supplied within 15 days of the submission deadline
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Data Exam2:30
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate understanding of legislative and ethical frameworks relevant to the agri-food industry;
  2. Demonstrate scientific communication skills to a wide range of audiences;
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of data handling (including 'big data'), data investigation and statistical analysis;
  4. Gain transferrable skills and to develop personally by carrying out a work placement, applying knowledge of the agri-food industry in a real life context and reflecting on personal development;
  5. Gain online ICT skills through development of an online system to record and document activity and developments in a professional manner.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Graduate attribute mindsets:
Enquiry and lifelong learning
Aspiration and personal development
Outlook and engagement

Graduate attribute skill groups
Research and enquiry
Personal and intellectual autonomy
Personal effectiveness
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Susan Jarvis
Tel: (0131 6)50 7911
Course secretaryMr Gordon Littlejohn
Tel: (0131 6)51 7454
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