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Unit information: AGEP-Accelerated Professional Studies 1 in 2018/19

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Unit name AGEP-Accelerated Professional Studies 1
Unit code VETS10016
Credit points 0
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Love
Open unit status Not open



Animal Systems 1

School/department Bristol Veterinary School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


This unit is vertically integrated with Accelerated Professional Studies units in year 2 and Professional Studies Units in years 4 and 5 of the standard 5 year BVSc programme. The unit aims to introduce the Professional Studies theme and provides the foundation knowledge and understanding of the skills that they will develop further as the course progresses namely: communication skills; professional conduct, ethics and law; business management; study, learning and critical investigation skills; and health and safety. The unit aims to develop the students’ capacity for lifelong learning and foster an understanding of the importance and application of professional skills for veterinary professionals working in a diverse range of careers.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the unit students should be able to:

  1. Describe the role and importance of different forms of communication in various veterinary contexts.
  2. Identify examples of good and bad practice in relation to communication.
  3. Describe the principles of professional conduct, ethics, welfare and law and explain their impact on veterinary surgeons, farmers and animal owners in the context of their work individually and also when operating as a business.
  4. Identify risks and hazards in agricultural, laboratory and veterinary settings and explain how to manage, reduce or avoid these risks when working in these environments.
  5. Reflect on their previous experience of learning in a University environment and develop appropriate strategies for learning in a problem based learning course.
  6. Demonstrate how to search for literature and critically evaluate scientific papers

Teaching details


Practical classes

Facilitated small and large group activities

Technology enhanced learning

Portfolio creation - reflective journal

Assessment Details

Health and Safety MCQ Examination. Students will be required to obtain a pass in a multiple choice examination on health and safety in Teaching Block 1 before they can undertake extra-mural studies (EMS).

E-portfolio. Students will be required to complete a reflective journal which is discussed individually with their tutor. This is a must pass task.

Coursework. Students will be required to complete coursework. This will involve participation in communication skills training (must attend and engage) as well as written work.

Formative Assessment. Students will have formative assessment in the unit. For example: questions presented in lectures (eg using Turning Point), and / or on Blackboard; and verbally during discussion of coursework and reflective journals.

End of Unit Examination.

This will be a computer based multiple choice examination. (70%)

Coursework (30%)

E-portfolio - must pass

Health and Safety MCQ – must pass

Assessments will be mapped to the curriculum and will examine the intended learning outcomes.

Passing Accelerated Professional Studies 1 is a requirement for progression into year 2.

There will be an opportunity to re-sit the end of unit examination during the Faculty re-sit period.

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