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Veterinary Professional Investigation (VET616-06)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 6
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 Three weeks of scheduled project work
Conference: 1 full-day
Unit Learning Experiences Students will develop research skills through the 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) completing the project using appropriate methods and analyses, (ii) participating in the peer-review process as appropriate for a scholarly
community, and finally (iii) communicating the project findings in a variety of formats. This exercise culminates in a research conference planned and run by student-lead committees. 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 are a report or draft manuscript suitable for publication in a research or professional journal, a conference presentation and a blog for popular dissemination. 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 Independent Research work under the supervision of the nominated supervisor: Approximately 150 hours over 3 trimesters. Includes all activities required to execute and report on the project, including data collecation, analysis, interpretation and reporting.
Assessment Assessment in the unit takes the form of a series of staged research 'milestones' and 'deliverables'. Assessment items in this unit consist of (i) the main project report; (ii) an oral or poster presentation or demonstration of product to peers, with accompanying abstract; and (iii) dissemination material for a lay audience; and (iv) assessment by the supervisor of the student's achievements of the outcomes. Details are given under assessment items below.
Prerequisites VET616-03 Veterinary Professional Investigation.
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
Associate Professor Pete Irons
Veterinary Program Director

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6794
e: P.Irons@murdoch.edu.au
o: 262.2.107 - Vet Surgical Centre, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: TS13-Internal
Associate Professor Pete Irons
Veterinary Program Director

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6794
e: P.Irons@murdoch.edu.au
o: 262.2.107 - Vet Surgical Centre, Murdoch Campus
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