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Veterinary Professional Investigation (VET616-03)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: TS13-internal
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
6. Apply the above knowledge and skills with creativity, initiative, and a high level of personal autonomy and accountability.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 9 x 2 hours; Project Proposals Day: 1 full-day
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 completion of a literature review and planning 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) completing a literature review and scoping study of the field, (iii) refining a research question or hypothesis to be tested, and developing a research plan. The format of the project is flexible and students are encouraged to be creative and develop their autonomy and initiative. Projects that could meet the criteria include small original research projects
or a discrete component of a bigger project, systematic reviews or meta-analyses, extended evidenced-based case reports, or professional practice-based or educational projects developed in a scholarly manner.
Project outputs during this unit are a literature review and project proposal. Students may work in pairs (or exceptionally, small groups) on larger projects, on approval of collaboration plan ensuring all participants meet the unit learning objectives.
Other Learning Experiences Supervisor and team meetings and independent project work to a total of approximately 100 hours utilising timetabled days during teaching periods or breaks. Nature of work will vary depending on the project developed by each student.
Assessment Assessment in the VET616-03 unit takes the form of a series of staged research 'milestones' and
'deliverables'. In this unit this consists of development of a literature review; development of a detailed
project plan; presenting the project proposal to staff and peers; and providing critique on these proposals.
These items are graded as Pass/Fail for this unit, with the marks awarded contributing towards the final
mark for VET616-06 as described in that unit.
Prerequisites Completion of the BSc in Veterinary Biology.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
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.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Mieghan Bruce
Lecturer Veterinary Epidemiology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2459
e: Mieghan.Bruce@murdoch.edu.au
o: 260.2.015 - Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: TS13-Internal
Dr Mieghan Bruce
Lecturer Veterinary Epidemiology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2459
e: Mieghan.Bruce@murdoch.edu.au
o: 260.2.015 - Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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