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Veterinary Professional Investigation (VET616-00)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 0
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description Veterinary Professional Investigation spans the second half of the BSc-DVM course, consisting of three sequential sub-units. Over the three components students will develop independent research skills through the planning, execution and communication of a research-based or professional practice-based project of their own design. Through this process, they will gain applied knowledge and skills in veterinary research methods, critical appraisal of literature, and scientific communication.
Unit Learning Outcomes On completion of Veterinary Professional Investigation students are expected to be able to:
1. Reflect on the role of research and lifelong learning in evidence-based veterinary practice;
2. Apply knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to veterinary science and veterinary
professional practice;
3. Synthesise, analyse and critically reflect on complex ideas, problems, concepts, and theories at an
abstract level;
4. Plan and execute a substantial research-based or scholarly professionally-focused project;
5. Communicate the above to specialist and non-specialist audiences; and
6. Apply the above knowledge and skills with creativity, initiative, and a high level of personal autonomy
and accountability.
Timetabled Learning Activities Tutorials: 5 x 2 hours
Unit Learning Experiences The unit includes a series of contact sessions aimed at providing structured training in the essential
components of the research process in a condensed format. As the major component of this unit, students
will develop research skills through the planning, execution and communication of a research-based or
professional practice-based project. Through staged assessment milestones and with the assistance of a
nominated supervisor, students will be lead through the process of (i) aligning to a supervisor and
negotiating expectations, (ii) defining a research problem or area of veterinary professional practice for
investigation, (iii) initiating a literature review and scoping study of the field.
Other Learning Experiences Students are required to meet with their supervisors at least once.
Assessment Assessment in this unit is focused on the first two of the staged research 'milestones', consisting of development of a literature review; peer review of literature reviews; and development of a detailed project plan and presenting this to peers. These items are graded as Pass/Fail for this unit.
Prerequisites Enrolment in the BSc-DVM course and successful completion of all units in the second year of study.
Assessment A result of Ungraded Pass or Fail is awarded for this unit.
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Veterinary Science (BSc)+(DVM) [New in 2014]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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