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Wildlife Health and Conservation Project (VET654)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 9
Availability MURDOCH: H-internal, H-external, S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external, Y-internal, Y-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description This unit requires the application of research skills and the substantial investigation of a topic relevant to the student's main area of study. Students may elect to undertake a field placement with a conservation project in Australia or overseas as a component of this unit, in which case their assessment will involve undertaking a Project focusing on a topic related to the placement.
Unit Learning Outcomes Following completion of this unit students should be able to:
1. Prepare a proposal for a wildlife health and conservation research project aligned with their placement or chosen interest area, and justify it on the basis of a critical review of relevant literature.
2. In the case of a field placement, demonstrate professionalism in the workplace and an ability to apply theory from coursework units in a practical setting.
3. Evaluate and present research findings in the form a major written report.
4. Determine project specific recommendations that extend the research into the applied field for use by conservation managers, stakeholders, or placement providers.
Timetabled Learning Activities Learning activities will be flexible based on the nature of the project, and will be decided with the student by week 2 of the starting semester.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is self-directed as this is a project unit whereby the student will focus on investigating a topic of particular interest. The student will liaise directly with the unit coordinator during the semester. It is expected that the average student will need to commit approximately 10 hours of study per week for the 3 credit point unit, 20 hours of study for the 6 credit point unit and 30 hours per week for the 9 credit point unit. This will obviously vary according to the topic being studied and individual learning styles.
Assessment Assessment in this unit varies depending on whether students undertake field placement or project assessment options. Assessment will focus on issues relevant to overall learning objectives of the unit, which are to enable students to develop in-depth knowledge of a particular topic in the field of wildlife health and conservation, and to enable students who undertake a field placement to experience some of the theoretical aspects of the course in a practical format.
Assessment 1 (annotated bibliography, all students complete) = 15%

Assessment 2 (report, non-field placement students) = 85%

Assessment 3 (report, field placement students) = 75%

Assessment 3 (supervisor report, fieldwork placement students) = 10%
Prerequisites Students must be enrolled in the following:
Master of Wildlife Health and Conservation (M1232) or the Master of Veterinary Studies in Conservation Medicine (M1122).
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Master of Wildlife Health and Conservation (MWildlifeHth) [New in 2015]
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 Bethany Jackson
Lecturer in Wildlife Health and Epidemiology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7418
e: B.Jackson@murdoch.edu.au
o: 250.3.050 - Veterinary Biology, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: H-External
MURDOCH: H-Internal
MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
MURDOCH: Y-External
MURDOCH: Y-Internal
Dr Bethany Jackson
Lecturer in Wildlife Health and Epidemiology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7418
e: B.Jackson@murdoch.edu.au
o: 250.3.050 - Veterinary Biology, Murdoch Campus
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