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

Postgraduate Course: Foundations of Animal Science (VESC11029)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryA foundation course to ensure students are equipped for the degree with a sound understanding of basic biological processes and to develop their generic skills. The generic outcomes will be relevant to a variety of disciplines and employment opportunities.
Course description Students will become familiar with current knowledge of biological processes, as a foundation for further studies in the biosciences. Students will develop and enhance their understanding of scientific method, research literature and communication.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs covered by mandatory APCs
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesCompleted degree at Bachelor level in biological sciences or other relevant discipline.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 63, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 39, External Visit Hours 6, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5, Formative Assessment Hours 3, Summative Assessment Hours 5, Revision Session Hours 6, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 73 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework (100%) as follows:
Presentation: 25%
Literature Review: 30%
Class Test: 40%
Portfolio: 5%
Feedback Feedback and marks for all items will be given within fifteen working days of the submission date where possible. For the major written items, students will submit an abstract/outline before the final due date, and receive feedback within two days to guide their preparation. Feedback on computer and laboratory activities will be provided during the session. All written items will be marked by at least two markers.

Opportunities for feedback arise within timetabled classes (tutorials, practicals, lectures) as well as more formally through comments on specific pieces of work. Feedback can be provided not only on coursework assignments, tests and exam answers, but also on activities that are not formally assessed such as class discussions, group exercises, problem solving, and in the course of developing project plans and proposals. Course staff will endeavour to provide timely feedback on all activities.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. library use, databases, bioinformatics, E-journals, project planning, QA, statistical tools for the biosciences;
  2. principles of statistics in experimental design;
  3. analysis of scientific articles;
  4. effective writing and PowerPoint and oral presenting;
  5. current understanding of cell biology, genetics, microbiology, immunology.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements Nil
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Lisa Pang
Tel: (0131 6)51 9164
Course secretaryMr Stephen Mitchell
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
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