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Undergraduate Course: Professional & Clinical Skills (1) (BVMS08052)

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) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryIntroduction to Professional & Clinical Skills - the course is the first of progressive courses in each year of the BVM&S degree programme.
Professional skills:
The first year course will cover what is expected of a professional, introduce self-appraisal and recording progress, to be continued in future years. The emphasis will be on establishing an understanding of basic professional attributes and behaviour, with a focus on self-appraisal, group working and study skills. Linkages will be made with other courses where aspects of professionalism are highlighted.
Clinical skills:
The module will introduce students to basic clinical skills and the concept of assessing a clinical case using the SOAP (subjective, objective, assessment, plan) approach. GEP classes will focus mainly on developing observation, palpation and auscultation skills relevant to the dog.
Course description This course develops the theme of personal and interpersonal skills and communication skills, with an emphasis on inter-personal skills, client perspectives, the human-animal bond and clinical examination of the dog.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students must be enrolled on a BVMS Veterinary Medicine degree programme in order to take this course.
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 44, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 44 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Feedback Instant feedback is given for the Drug Calc & Online formative (Clinical Skills) assessment. Verbal feedback will be given during clinical skills classes.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify the personal attributes and behaviours required of a professional (including the online identity and ability to enter text into online systems for the purposes of assessment, learning and professional activities) and start to develop effective time and stress management, independent learning, study skills and reflective practices.
  2. Explain the importance of good communication skills and in particular those relating to small groups and recognise the factors that can affect group relationships
  3. Be able to find, use and critic relevant literature resources and be able to communicate these either in a written format (e.g. essay) or orally (e.g. presentation)
  4. Demonstrate and verbalise the steps involved in performing basic subjective and physical examinations of a dog.
  5. Reflect on personal progress in the development of introductory professional and clinical skills and identify strengths and weaknesses.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMiss Jenna Richardson
Tel: (0131 6)50 7650
Course secretaryMr Andrew Newcombe
Tel: (0131 6)50 6106
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