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Research Methodology (VET666)

Organisational Unit School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Students will become familiar with the ethics of clinical research and gain knowledge of fundamental concepts of designing and analysing clinical veterinary research. They are introduced to current investigative methods utilised for in vitro and in vivo veterinary research, and will appreciate the process of conducting clinical research and acquire skills to critically evaluate current literature in their field of study. A literature research exercise with an oral presentation of proposed study and a written grant application will be required.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Justify the basic study designs for observational studies of clinical research
2. Explain the basis for a randomised clinical trial, including a non-inferiority trial
3. Calculate basic statistical descriptors and parameters of analysis for observational studies
4. Implement a simple experimental study design and the related statistical analysis
5. Describe different types of data, identify the explanatory and the response variables, and apply basic concepts of statistical testing
6. Critique relevant literature, including identifying and critiquing the study design and statistical analysis
7. Write a grant proposal including a clear objective, hypothesis, study design and analysis.
8. Deliver an oral presentation incorporating any of the preceding ULOs.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 x 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 x 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is to use examples from the literature or from personal experience to explore concepts, to have the student develop study designs, to work through data analyses. Class discussion and interaction is encouraged such that the students can offer comment and suggestion to other projects.
Other Learning Experiences Opportunity to review and critique class mates oral and written presentations in a constructive, non-threatening way.
Assessment Assessment is based on participation and engagement in discussion, including preparedness for the discussion or exercise (15%) (1200 words). Further assessment is based on two quizzes (20%) and the the quality of presentation (30%) (2000 words), and the appropriateness of the study proposal including design and analysis of data (35%) (2500 words).
Prerequisites Permission of Unit Coordinator.
Exclusions Students who have completed VET694 Evidence Based Clinical Practice may not take this unit for credit.
Previously 2013: VET766
2013: 'Research Methods in Clinical Veterinary Studies'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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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.


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