VET SC 7001RW - DVM Professional Skills
Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code VET SC 7001RW Course DVM Professional Skills Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s Roseworthy Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 7 hours per week Restrictions Available to DVM students only Course Description This course will enable participants to continue development of the knowledge, skills and attitudes upon which they can progress towards attaining the required day one skills in the areas of communication, business enterprise skills, legislation, professional conduct, ethics, and clinical examination in a variety of species using animal handling skills that ensure animal welfare and operator safety while maintaining a professional image.
Participants must pass this course to be able to undertake the Extra Mural Studies component required within the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program. The minimum requirement will be internal pass to proceed to EMS.
Course Coordinator: Dr Adele Feakes
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 demonstrate client communication skills using a predominately relationship-centred consultation style 2 construct effective written documents for a variety of work-related situations based on analysis of available information, with application of professional conventions of writing 3 define and evaluate conduct with regard to the veterinary surgeon’s professional and legal responsibilities and apply the codes of conduct of the registering body of the state/country 4 demonstrate an elementary knowledge of key issues in veterinary business and enterprises 5 conduct a systematic, thorough and efficient basic clinical examination in a variety of species using animal handling skills that ensure animal welfare and operator safety
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) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-5 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2, 3, 4 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1, 2, 3,4, 5 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2, 3, 4 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-5 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-5 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-5
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes1 x 4 hr practical per week
1 X 2-3 hr lectures/seminar/workshops/field trip per week
Participants will be expected to undertake self-directed learning each week in preparation for the practical.
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 SummaryLECTURE/SEMINAR UNITS
- Clinical Examination of a range of species common in Australia
- Communication skills
- Enterprise and Business Skills, Legislation, Professional Conduct and Ethics
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Hurdle Learning Outcome Business, Legislation, Professional Conduct & Ethics
· Diagnostic formative / summative tests
· Theory Exam
Formative & Summative
of the semester
End of semester
· Non-graded Quizzes
· Objective Structured
Clinical Exam (OSCE)
· Theory Exam
Formative & Summative
End of semester
5 Communication Skills
· Video Analysis Assignment
Assessment Related RequirementsHURDLE 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 Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) Exam minimum of 70% Yes Students must attend all practical sessions to be eligible to sit the OSCE.
Students that do not attain this 70% minimum
must attain a minimum of 45% to be eligible for additional assessment.
Business, Legislation, Professional Conduct
& Ethics (BLPCE) which consists of assignments and a theory exam component
minimum of 65% Yes Students that do not attain this 65% minimum must attain a minimum of 45% to be eligible
for additional assessment.
Assessment DetailFormative assessments during the semester:
1) Non-graded quizzes will be given as part of the self-directed learning material associated with species-based practical rotation. Completion of each quiz is mandatory to participate in each clinical exam practical session.
2) Students must attend all practical sessions to be eligible to sit the OSCE
3) Communication skills will be assessed in the first four sessions of the skills module with the same evaluation rubric as for the summative assessment.
Business, Legislation, Professional Conduct & Ethics (BLPCE)
1) Diagnostic formative/summative tests (10%)
2) Assignment (20%) covering the BLPCE subject area. Participants will submit one written assignment based on aspects of Business Enterprise Skills.
3) Theory Exam (a total of 15% of the final grade).
Clinical Exam (OSCE)
1) Clinical OSCE exam (30% of the final grade): Participants will undertake a station-based (OSCE).
2) Theory Exam (a total of 10% of the final grade).
1. Video Analysis Assignment (15% of the final grade). Participants will submit a self analysis of their consultation, building on formative feedback given in the skills laboratories from facilitator, peers, actors and self.
There will be one 3 hour (OSCE)
There will be one 2 hour end of semester Theory Exam with two components:
- Clinical Examination
- Business, Legislation, Professional Conduct & Ethics
No information currently available.
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
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
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