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Postgraduate Course: Communication and engagement with One Health Models of Disease - Design and Practice (VESC11250)

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 Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryTraining and practical experience in public engagement and communication skills.
Course description Students will develop activities in communication and public engagement with mentorship from the Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre (EBSOC) and other external partners. This course follows on directly from the "Communication and engagement with One Health Models of Disease -Theory and training" course.

In year 3 of PhD with Integrated Study students will be paired with academic mentors to develop and trial a Public Engagement with Research activities. They will be encouraged to develop activities that allow dialogue with audiences about the ethical implications of their research. Activities can be developed individually or in teams, and can include face-to-face activities e.g. for science festivals & workshops, and digital resources e.g. blogs, vlogs, and cartoons.

Students will run and evaluate their specific Public Engagement with Research projects at suitable events or other appropriate venues/platforms.

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 Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment:
Course will be assessed on a 1500-word activity proposal, and a 1500-word reflective report based on the student's learning and experience of effective Public Engagement with Research on One Health Models of Disease.

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. 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.
  2. design effective Public Engagement with research activities.
  3. plan, organise and manage Public Engagement with Research activities and events.
  4. effectively evaluate the impact of Public Engagement with research activities.
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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) They use skilled communication to enhance their understanding of a topic or context and to engage effectively with others.
2) They are effective and proactive individuals, skilled in influencing positively and adapting to new situations with sensitivity and integrity.
3) They use their personal and intellectual autonomy to critically evaluate ideas, evidence and experiences from an open-minded and reasoned perspective.
4) They will identify and creatively tackle problems, and seek out opportunities for learning.
Course organiserProf Jonathan Fitzgerald
Tel: (0131 6)51 9235
Course secretaryMiss Jennifer Hurst
Tel: (0131 6)51 3685
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