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

Postgraduate Course: One Health and Comparative Animal Models (VESC11041)

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
SummaryThe course aims to provide advanced scientific skills. Students will address concepts of comparative anatomy, cell biology and physiology and implications these have when using animals as models of disease, degeneration or infection. Students will be given a clear understanding of comparative anatomy and physiology and how these are relevant to animal models with comprehension of 1) range of species used, 2) variety of purposes for which they are used, 3) the methods by which they are generated, 4) how they are assessed as valid models, 5) ethical considerations in using animal models. Training will be for specific skills in mammalian anatomy, and pathology, and laboratory techniques in infection and immunity including diagnostics.

The knowledge gained from this course will provide the biomedical scientist with a comprehensive understanding of key issues involved in animal and human disease research.
Course description Not entered
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 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework (100%)
comprising of:
Literature Review: 40%
Presentation: 25%
Scotpil Course: 10%
Pamphlet: 25%

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. identify the anatomical features of small and large vertebrates; understand the impact of disease on the host; ¿ perform basic pathology techniques
  2. use immunological reagents for research and diagnosis; explain animal models used in biomedical research and industry
  3. describe the ethics and requirements for using animals as models of disease
  4. understand the requirements for laboratory animal welfare, husbandry and legislation
  5. understand the concepts of One Health in relation to non-infectious disease
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Gerry McLachlan
Tel: (0131 6)51 9155
Course secretaryMr Stephen Mitchell
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
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