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

Postgraduate Course: Related Discipline Training 6 (VESC12031)

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 course will provide students with high quality SCQF level 12 specialist training in defined disciplines which complement their specific area of clinical training.
Course description This course consists of a 2 week period (of which up to six such periods can be taken, over the 4 year DVetMed period of study) of targeted training in disciplines related to the area of clinical study of the student, whereby the general clinical training is deemed insufficient to provide an advanced level of training in these related disciplines.

This course offers the student the opportunity to acquire specialist level 12 training in these areas. Despite the heterogeneous nature of the general clinical training within the DVetMed programme (depending on the specific clinical area of study), in most cases, this advanced level 12 related discipline training will relate to areas which are generic to many clinical areas (namely, imaging, gross pathology, clinical pathology). However, additional related discipline training may be considered appropriate whereby either the level of clinical expertise within, or the case load of, the principle training institute is not sufficient to provide advanced training in specific areas (e.g. equine neonatology, advanced ophthalmology). Despite the occasional disparity in the subject area of related discipline training, there will be uniformity with regard to (a) the level 12 training (i.e. credentials and work load of the training providers), (b) the duration of training (i.e. 2 week periods), (c) the overall learning objectives (see above) and (d) the methods of assessment.
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 40 %, Practical Exam 60 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1. Ongoing assessment (following related discipline training)
a. Demonstration of a critical understanding of the related discipline - 30% (LO 1)
b. Application of improved critical understanding to clinical cases - 30% (LO 2)

2. Assessment (at completion of related discipline) of ability to communicate improved knowledge and analytical skills
a.Training portfolio - 10% (LOs 1-3)
b. Written report - 30% (LOs 1-3)
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the related discipline at a level which exceeds the degree of understanding obtained solely through their exposure to the related discipline as part of their more general clinical training.
  2. Apply their improved critical understanding of the related discipline to the assessment, treatment and/or evaluation of clinical cases (where applicable). This may involve the demonstration of an improved ability to differentiate normal from abnormal (e.g. diseased) and/or categorize disease states and/or rank disease states based on objective and semi objective criteria relating to the skills obtained during the related discipline training.
  3. Communicate their improved knowledge and analytical skills to colleagues and assessors via a portfolio (updated daily throughout training period) and written report (submitted following completion of the training period).
Reading List
This will depend on the discipline and site, but access to appropriate materials will be necessary to approve a course.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. Improved SCQF level 12 understanding of the related discipline
2. Improved analytical and practical SCQF level 12 skills pertaining to the related discipline
3. Improved ability to apply acquired SCQF level 12 knowledge and skills to a clinical setting
4. Development of a more critical approach to SCQF level 12 clinical cases when applying newly acquired knowledge and skills
5. Improved writing and communicative skills when recording, reporting and presenting SCQF level 12 data/information to tutors and peers
Study Abroad Although the majority of related discipline training will be provided from within the principle training institute, and much of the external training will be provided within the UK, there will be occasions whereby it is deemed appropriate and preferable for such training to be provided by an overseas institute. Under such circumstances, the same criteria as applied within the UK will be applied to overseas institutes determine the suitability of training institute and training provider (namely, recognised specialist in the particular area of training).
KeywordsRelated Discipline,Imaging,Pathology,Anaesthesiology,External Placement
Course organiserDr Scott Pirie
Tel: (0131 6)50 7230
Course secretaryMrs Emma Pineau
Tel: (0131 6)51 9198
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