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

Postgraduate Course: Applied Epidemiology and Surveillance for Conservation Medicine (VESC11038)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course will be an introduction to epidemiological concepts framed within the context of conservation medicine. The course will use a problem-solving approach to facilitate learning and practice basic epidemiological concepts. Students will develop an understanding of different epidemiological methodologies and how these relate to the issues facing conservation medicine. Exemplars of how the approaches may be employed to undertake disease research and surveillance in wildlife and how they are used for prediction and risk analyses will be provided as problem based scenarios for students to work through.
Course description A knowledge of epidemiology, pathogenesis, therapies and control measures relating to animal disease and the practical skills to apply that knowledge;

A knowledge of public health including an understanding of how to prevent transmission of disease between animals and man;

Problem solving abilities;

A good professional attitude and a high standard of professional behaviour;

Knowledge and understanding of the relationship between veterinary science, medical science and other biosciences.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVeterinary degree
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
Course Start Date
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) 100% in-course assessment, which will comprise two assessments each worth 50% of the final course mark
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 applied epidemiology and surveillance, focusing on specific topics such as reservoirs, infectious diseases, or associated risks. (Links to level 11, characteristic 1 - Knowledge and understanding; assessed through the Scientific and Technical Review and Poster with Audio Presentation)
  2. Apply critical analysis, evaluation, and synthesis to forefront issues of epidemiology and surveillance. (Links to level 11, characteristic 3 - Generic cognitive skills; assessed through Scientific and Technical Review and Poster with Audio Presentation)
  3. Communicate, using appropriate methods, to specified audiences a chosen topic concerning applied epidemiology and surveillance. (Links to level 11, characteristic 4 - Communication, ICT and numeracy skills; assessed through Poster with Audio Presentation)
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Course organiserDr Deborah Hoyle
Tel: (0131 6)51 9238
Course secretaryMiss Stavriana Manti
Tel: (0131 6)50 5310
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