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

Postgraduate Course: Veterinary Academic Practice 1 (1st Intake) (VESC12019)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 12 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis core course aims to provide students with an introduction to the subject of veterinary academic practice. Practical experience through observation of others and hands on teaching will be supplemented with taught courses to give students a grounding in the subject.
Course description This core course will include:
1. A 3 hour teaching induction workshop.
2. Opportunities to observe multiple forms of clinical teaching.
3. Practical experience of clinical teaching.
4. Critique of teaching by others and reflection on their own teaching.
5. Feedback from others on their own teaching.
6. Attendance at a selection of veterinary medical education division (VMED) workshops.

In this year 1 course, students will receive training in the fundamentals of clinical teaching. They will observe multiple forms of clinical teaching and will learn by undertaking clinical teaching themselves, which will be informally reviewed by senior clinicians.

Additionally, students will be required to give a teaching session, which will be recorded to allow self-reflection, and will be formally assessed.

Students will attend workshops (agreed on by their supervisor) from VMED.

Students will be expected to undertake autonomous background subject reading, and include their findings in their teaching sessions, critiques and reflective summary.
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 70 %, Practical Exam 30 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1. Portfolio (70%; LOs 1-5). To consist of a teaching log summarizing:«br /»«br /»
a. Numbers and types of teaching sessions attended.«br /»«br /»
b. Numbers and types of teaching sessions given.«br /»«br /»
c. A reflective summary of their own teaching.«br /»«br /»
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2. Observed teaching (30%; LOs 1-5)«br /»«br /»
A teaching session performed by the student will be observed and assessed «br /»
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe the fundamental principles of effective clinical teaching.
  2. Demonstrate awareness of the literature supporting clinical teaching techniques.
  3. Perform small group teaching sessions to undergraduate students in a clinical setting.
  4. Identify and use resources (physical and theoretical) designed to facilitate clinical teaching.
  5. Analyse and reflect on teaching sessions given by themselves.
Reading List
Maintained by VMED. There are multiple courses and workshops available as well as online learning resources.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills On completion of this course, students will:
1. Have an understanding of the fundamental principles and forms of clinical teaching.
2. Be familiar with the available literature related to clinical teaching.
3. Be able to perform small group clinical teaching sessions.
4. Be able to locate resources (such as IT tools or references) to help support their clinical teaching.
5. Have the ability to use self-reflection to build on previous teaching sessions.
KeywordsVeterinary,Specialist,Clinical,Academic Practice,Diploma,Professional Doctorate
Course organiserMiss Carolyn Morton
Tel: (0131 6)51 7394
Course secretaryMrs Emma Pineau
Tel: (0131 6)51 9198
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