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Medicine 1 (VET625)

School School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Credit Points 3
Description This unit considers endocrinology, urinary tract diseases and medical neurology. The principle objective is for students to gain a deeper understanding of the pathophysiology associated with diseases of these organ systems and to use this knowledge to improve both diagnostic and treatment skills.
Timetabled Learning Activities
Unit Learning Experiences For this on-line unit for veterinary practitioners, a Learning Guide, divided into weekly topics, provides a framework of foundation knowledge and key concepts and guides the student through the most relevant published literature, which is provided as a printed Reader. Wider reading and critical evaluation of information is encouraged through provision of a wider reading list and an assignment. Teacher initiated clinical conundrums and case scenarios provide the basis for a discussion forum, in which students share their clinical experience in this context. The study schedule is flexible enough for these students who are working full time in the discipline as they study. The close relationship between study and practice is augmented through an additional discussion forum where students initiate discussion of questions and scenarios within the topic of study.
Assessment In this unit three methods of assessment are used:
* Written assignment(s) (case report and/or discussion) with feedback from teachers (2500 words) - worth 30% of total assessment
* On-line multiple choice/short answer quiz and/or clinical practical skills assessment (CPSE) using case scenarios (2 x 500 words) - together worth 20% of total assessment
* End of semester (invigilated) examination (2500 words) - worth 50% of total assessment.

In addition to feedback on assignments the unit coordinator and other veterinary clinical teachers provide advice and feedback to students via on-line discussion boards and case studies.
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Master of Veterinary Studies (Small Animal Practice) (M1022), the Postgraduate Certificate in Veterinary Studies in Small Animal Practice (C1074), the Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies (M1223), the Doctor of Veterinary Medical Science (D1061) or permission of the Academic Chair.
Quota This unit is subject to quota. Quota is due to limited resources. Students must be enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine's graduate courses.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies (MVetClinStud)
Master of Veterinary Studies (Small Animal Practice) (MVS)
Doctor of Veterinary Medical Science (DVetMedSc)
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
Professor Peter Irwin
Principal College of Veterinary Medicine

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2590
e: P.Irwin@murdoch.edu.au
o: 262.2.104A - Vet Surgical Centre, Murdoch Campus
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