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Evidence-Based Clinical Practice (VET694)

School School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Credit Points 3
Description This unit explores the application of evidence-based practices in areas of veterinary clinical problem solving such as the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Students will develop skills in diagnostic reasoning and learn about diagnostic error. Students will learn how to critically evaluate clinical case reports and research papers and understand how to use this information when making clinical management decisions.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Search for, locate, and retrieve publications in the veterinary and allied literature.
2. Read a scientific article and to be able to assess the methodological quality of the research or case report(s).
3. Understand, and be able to apply, the principles of evidence-based decision making in clinical problem solving (diagnosis and treatment) for veterinary patients.
4. Confidently explain the differences between good and poor scientific research.
Timetabled Learning Activities External. Arrangements made with the Unit Coordinator.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is to promote self-directed learning in order to develop skills in evidence-based practice for the management of complex clinical cases in small animal practice. The student is provided with on-line reference material and sample questions to encourage the application of information provided in reference material to relevant clinical cases. Students are required to evaluate research and critically evaluate published literature. On successful completion of the unit the student should be able to search for, locate, and retrieve publications in the veterinary and allied literature, formulate appropriate clinical questions, interpret the validity of findings, results and conclusions generated in a study, understand, and be able to apply, the principles of evidence-based decision making in clinical problem solving (diagnosis and treatment) for veterinary patients, and confidently explain the differences between good and poor scientific research.
Other Learning Experiences All students will have contact time arrangements made with the Unit Co-ordinator.
Assessment VET694 comprises three types of Assessment:

* Quizzes - these are multiple-choice or pair-matching type questions accessible on-line for a prescribed period of time, that test understanding of general content. 3 quizzes, each worth 10% of total assessment.
* Assignment - a written assignment critiquing one or more clinical manuscript is required by the last day of semester. (3000 words) - worth 30% of total assessment.
* Exam - this comprises a two hour, invigilated, open-book, multiple choice, written examination worth 40% of the total unit mark, delivered during the semester assessment period.

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) or Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies (M1223) or Master of Veterinary Studies (Conservation Medicine) (M1122) or Research Masters (with Training) or Doctor of Veterinary Medical Science (D1061) programs.
Notes For students enrolled in the Master of Veterinary Studies (Small Animal Practice) (M1022) this unit must be taken within the first year or within the first 6 points of enrolment in the course.
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 (Conservation Medicine) (MVS)
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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Unit Coordinator
VET694
Professor Giselle Hosgood
Professor in Small Animal Surgery

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2265
e: G.Hosgood@murdoch.edu.au
o: 262.2.119 - Vet Surgical Centre, Murdoch Campus
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