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Postgraduate Course: One Health Models of Disease Animal PhD project proposal (VESC11248)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryIn this course students will prepare a detailed description of the research they proposed to carry out for their main PhD project.
Course description Once students have started their main PhD project. In collaboration with their supervisor students will define and refine the research questions they are addressing. They will prepare a report outlining the background and relevance of the question, the approach they will take to address the questions, including the methods and techniques they will use, justification for animal use, as assessment of the funding required, discussion of the ethical implications of their work and how it may impact society. This report will presented as grant proposal.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) 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) This course is assessed by a 2000-word proposal describing the work they plan to carry out for their PhD project, its ethical implications, any animals that will be used during the work, the funding required for the research, and a plan for Public Engagement with Research. A form will be provided to guide preparation of this proposal.

100% of assessment
Feedback Students will be given written feedback on their reports.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an understanding of One Health, including thorough knowledge of the literature and a comprehensive understanding of scientific methods and techniques applicable to their own research.
  2. critically evaluate current research and research techniques and methodologies, applying this understanding to tackle questions and problems from original perspectives.
  3. apply their understanding of the social and ethical implications of developing and using animal models to their own research questions.
  4. have advanced oral and written communication skills, ensuring they are able to effectively engage in dialogue about their research with both the scientific community and broader public audiences.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Upon completion of this course students will have developed a wide range of Graduate Attributes and Skills that will contribute to their professional growth as a successful researchers and experts in their field.
1) By taking a confident and reflective approach to their learning, they take personal responsibility for pursuing their goals and opportunities to grow.
2) They use their personal and intellectual autonomy to critically evaluate ideas, evidence and experiences from an open-minded and reasoned perspective.
3) They use their highly-developed skills in research and enquiry to identify and creatively tackle problems, and to seek out opportunities for learning.
4) They use skilled communication to enhance their understanding of a topic or context and to engage effectively with others.
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Course organiserProf Jonathan Fitzgerald
Tel: (0131 6)51 9235
Course secretaryMiss Jennifer Hurst
Tel: (0131 6)51 3685
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