VET SC 2500RW - Professional Skills in Veterinary Bioscience II
Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code VET SC 2500RW Course Professional Skills in Veterinary Bioscience II Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s Roseworthy Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 7 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites ANIML SC 1017RW & ANIML SC 1018RW Restrictions Available to BSc (Veterinary Bioscience) students only Course Description The course aims to develop personal and professional capabilities required of the veterinary professional: This course also builds on animal husbandry and handling introduced in ANIML SC 1017RW.
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY: Students will review animal husbandry protocols across common domestic species.
ANIMAL HANDLING: Students will undertake animal handling practicals across the species commonly encountered in veterinary practice to increase and improve upon their skills.
Professional Skills Experience: Students will develop an appreciation for the professional skills required as a veterinary scientist
The Veterinary Profession: Students will be introduced to the documented competence expected of a veterinary graduate.
Business Enterprise Skills: Students will develop simple budgeting skills as they relate to animal production or service business.
Students will be expected to have completed a minimum of 1 week (40 hours) of their Animal Husbandry Extra Mural Studies (AHEMS) placement(s) and associated placement record by the end of the mid-semester break as they will be required to use information for in-course assessment.
Course Coordinator: Dr Wendy Hamood
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Demonstrate and acquire a basic knowledge of the competencies expected of a veterinary graduate and potential career pathways available for veterinarians. 2 Demonstrate basic business enterprise skills applicable to the veterinarian. 3 Demonstrate a basic knowledge of animal husbandry and disease prevention protocols for common animal species. 4 Report, evaluate and reflect on animal husbandry work placement experiences, incorporating appropriately sourced literature. 5 Demonstrate competency in animal handling skills.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
1, 2, 3
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
2, 3, 4
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
2, 3, 4
Required ResourcesA variety of text books and reading resources will be required and will all be available through the Roseworthy library facilities. Access to on-line instructional material & databases. Clinical and animal resources will be available through the veterinary teaching hospital at Roseworthy. Animal ethics approval will be required.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes3 hours lecture, 3 hours practical and 1 hour of tutorials per week.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
Learning Activities SummaryLectures / Tutorials: Introduction to veterinary professional skills and competencies; Overview of protocols in common species encountered in veterinary practice; Introduction to business skills - farm record keeping, financial statements and partial budgets; introduction to basic reflective practice; database/literature searches.
Practicals: professional skills experience (PSE) through introduction to veterinary clinical practice; Students will build on their animal handling skills; They will be introduced to, or reminded of low stress animal handling and animal health and husbandry protocols; they will create a farm partial budget.
Specific Course RequirementsAttendance at all tutorials and practicals is compulsory.
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Hurdle Weighting Learning Outcome Approximate Timing of Assessment Animal Handling Skills Formative Yes 0% 5 N/A Professional Skills Experience Quizzes Formative & Summative No 5% 1 Weeks 1-3 Group Animal Enterprise Management Assignment Formative & Summative No 15% 2, 3 Weeks 5-8 AHEMS Report Formative & Summative No 15% 3, 4 Week 9 AHEMS Reflective Practice Formative & Summative No 15% 4 End of Semester Written Exam Formative & Summative Yes 50% 1, 2, 3 End of Semester
Assessment Related Requirements
Assessment Item with hurdle % needed or requirement to meet hurdle Is additional assessment available if student does not meet hurdle requirement?
Yes or No
Details of additional assessment, if available Animal Handling Skills Attend all handling classes
Demonstrate competent performance of all required activities
Yes Additional assessment will be offered to students who have approved absence from a practical class and/or have failed to demonstrate competence in an activity during the class. Additional assessment will be arranged when facilities, examiners and animals are available during the AA period. Written Exam 50% Yes Additional assessment will be offered in the form a theory examination.
Assessment DetailAnimal Handling Skills (0%): Students will undertake animal handling activities in practicals and receive formative feedback as to their current skill level to identify areas that they should concentrate on in their AHEMS placements and prior to the summative assessment in Professional Skills III. All students must participate in, attempt and demonstrate at least basic competence at the animal handling tasks demonstrated and performed in Professional Skills II classes. Demonstrators will sign-off attendance, participation and completion of required tasks during the class.
Professional Skills Experience Quizzes (5%): Students will complete up to 3, short 5 – 10 minute online multiple choice quizzes
(equally weighted), following on from experiences related to the veterinary profession.
Group Animal Enterprise Management Assignment (15%): Students will work in small groups to create a formal recommendation for a simple change in management supported by a partial budget (for example, for introduction of a simple change in animal husbandry or equipment purchase for an animal health enterprise). This will take the form of a 1,500 word written assignment. Students will be assigned a group mark, which will be modified according to individual involvement as assessed using peer feedback.
AHEMS Report (15%): (1500 words) Students will submit their placement record on which this assignment is based, then report and reflect on gathering information about their placement experience. Students will appropriately share placement experiences in small groups in preparation for this assignment.
AHEMS Reflective Practice (15%): (1500 words) Students will write a short reflection on an issue encountered on an AHEMS placement. Small group work placement debriefing session will be held as part of preparation for this assignment.
End-of-semester Written Exam (50%) A 2-hour exam will cover all theoretical aspects of the course in multiple choice and / or short answer format.
If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A mark of zero will be allocated to late submitted assessment.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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