VET SC 7001RW - DVM Professional Skills

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Adele Feakes

    Course Coordinator: Dr Adele Feakes - adele.feakes@adelaide.edu.au
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    2, 4, 5
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2, 4, 5
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1, 5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    2, 3, 4
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1, 2, 4, 5
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    1 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.

    Workload

    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 Summary
    LECTURE/SEMINAR UNITS

    -  Clinical Examination of a range of species common in Australia

    -  Communication skills

    -  Enterprise and Business Skills, Legislation, Professional Conduct and Ethics

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Hurdle Learning Outcome
    Business, Legislation, Professional Conduct & Ethics

    · Diagnostic  formative / summative tests
    · Assignment
    · Theory Exam
    Formative & Summative


    2nd half
    of the semester

     
    End of semester




    10%
     
    20%
    15%
     Yes 2,3,4

    Clinical Exam

    · Non-graded Quizzes
    · In-class assessment of clinical examination
    skills
    · End of semester Practical Exam
    · Theory Exam



    Formative

    Formative
        

    Summative

    Summative



    Throughout the
    semester

     
    End of semester




    0%




    30%

    10%









    Yes

    No
    5
    Communication  Skills
    · Video Analysis Assignment
    Summative
    1st half
    of semester


    15%

    No 1
    An exemption to the hurdle requirements of the Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy has been approved by the Faculty of Sciences for 2017.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    HURDLE 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
    End of semester practical exam minimum
    of 70% for the total end of semester
    practical exam and must pass each species within the exam
    Yes Students must attend all practical sessions to be eligible to participate in the end of semester practical exam

    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% for
    the sum of all components
    Yes Students that do not attain this 65% minimum must attain a minimum of 45% to be eligible
    for additional assessment.

     

    Assessment Detail
    Formative 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 end of semester practical exam.
    3) In-class assessment of clinical examination skills
    4) 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 covering the BLPCE subject area.  Participants will submit one written assignment based on aspects of Business Enterprise Skills. Students will operate in teams of three or four to create a written assignment of four pages of original work plus appendices of supportive material (up to four pages). Group work to produce the written assignment will make up 15% and peer feedback on teamwork will contribute the remaining 5% (as an individual mark) to total the 20% for this component.  

    Theory Exam. Clinical Exam (Practical)
    1) Clinical exam: Participants will undertake anend of semester practical exam. Theory Exam.

    Communication  Skills
    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.

    Please note
    There will be a species based  Practical  Exam.
    There will be one 2 hour end of semester Theory Exam with two components:
    - Clinical Examination
    - Business, Legislation, Professional Conduct & Ethics



    Submission
    Late Submission

    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.
    Course Grading

    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.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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