VET SC 7005RW - Clinical Research Project

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

The course consists of a clinical or clinically-related research project or other scientific endeavour as selected. Students can choose to identify and prepare a clinical case report, conduct original clinically-related research, or conduct a literature review of a standard suitable for submission for publication. Students are required to identify a relevant research advisor and submit a proposed topic, research plan & budget, and a signed statement confirming the advisor's participation to the course co-ordinators prior to the commencement of the relevant semester. Students will be required to maintain a research log book and attend weekly meetings with their research advisor. Students will have the option of selecting either an oral or poster presentation, and will be required to concurrently submit a written report on the results of the research. Students will be required to attend the poster and oral presentation of other students enrolled in the course, and will be encouraged to submit their results for publication.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VET SC 7005RW
    Course Clinical Research Project
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 11 hours per week
    Assumed Knowledge VET SC 7001RW
    Restrictions Available to DVM students only
    Course Description The course consists of a clinical or clinically-related research project or other scientific endeavour as selected. Students can choose to identify and prepare a clinical case report, conduct original clinically-related research, or conduct a literature review of a standard suitable for submission for publication. Students are required to identify a relevant research advisor and submit a proposed topic, research plan & budget, and a signed statement confirming the advisor's participation to the course co-ordinators prior to the commencement of the relevant semester.
    Students will be required to maintain a research log book and attend weekly meetings with their research advisor. Students will have the option of selecting either an oral or poster presentation, and will be required to concurrently submit a written report on the results of the research. Students will be required to attend the poster and oral presentation of other students enrolled in the course, and will be encouraged to submit their results for publication.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Darren Trott

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Define the scope of research through an appropriate literature search
    2 Learn to define an appropriate research hypothesis
    3 Assess and apply appropriate materials and methods
    4 Learn to use appropriate techniques for the analysis of research results
    5 Discuss research findings in the appropriate context with peers and supervisors
    6 Collate and present research findings in an oral and/or visual format
    7 Collate and present research findings in a written format
    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    A set of up to 4 introductory lectures on research planning and oral/poster/written presentation skills.

    Weekly meeting with research advisor during semester (timing to be determined by advisor and student). Research activities as directed by the individual research plan and timetable of each student equivalent to approximately 6 hours per week for up to 10 weeks.    

    Students will receive a course outline and will be required to keep a log of weekly activities, findings and progress which will be reviewed by the research advisor throughout and at the end of semester. 

    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
    Up to 4 introductory lectures will be presented on aspects of research planning, including preparing an in-depth research budget and research plan, collating and analysing research data and techniques for presentation of research results (in an oral, poster and written format). These lectures will occur throughout the semester, as required by the progress of the students.

    Students will identify their research project and research advisor in Sem 1 and submit their proposal to the course co-ordinators for approval prior to the commencement of Sem 2 of the 1st year of the DVM program.

    During the semester, students will meet with their research advisor on a weekly basis to discuss progress of research and review the student’s log book. Students will then be expected to undertake research-related activities for up to 6 hrs per week, dependent on their timetable and research-project requirements.

    A one or two-day program will be scheduled late in the semester during which students will present their research in oral or poster format. Concurrent with their presentation, a written summary of the project will be submitted to the course co-ordinators in electronic and printed formats, with the organization of the manuscripts to be equivalent to that required for publication in a scientific journal. 

     

  • 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 HURDLE Weighting Learning Outcome
    Poster presentation or oral presentation  Summative No 40% 1 – 6
    Written report Summative No 50% 1 – 5,7
    Log book Formative

    Summative
    No 0%

    10%
    2, 3, 4, 5

    3, 4, 5, 7
    Assessment Detail
    Poster presentation or oral presentation (40% of total grade). One presentation will be given in the form agreed to by the advisor and student.

    In the case of a poster presentation, the poster will be in scientific format, of dimensions no larger than 90 cm wide and 120 cm high (ISO A0). Students will be required to stand by their poster during the poster presentation event, and respond to enquiries and questions from attendees. The poster will demonstrate an understanding of scientific poster visual design, organization of introduction or background, hypothesis and/or objectives, materials and methods, results, figures and discussion. Attendance with the poster will demonstrate an ability to present the poster and respond to enquiries.  Posters will be assessed using a standard rubric by 3 to 5 faculty members or invited scientist guests not directly associated with the project, scores averaged, and a grade produced.

    In the case of an oral presentation, the presentation will consist of a 10 to 15 minute presentation in a lecture theatre with appropriate visual aids, and a 5 minutes question period. The oral presentation will demonstrate an understanding of study design, organization of introduction or background, hypothesis and/or objectives, materials and methods, results, figures and discussion. Students will demonstrate an ability to present the research verbally and respond to audience enquiries.  Presentation will be  assessed using a standard rubric by 3 to 5 faculty members or invited scientist guests not directly associated with the project, scores averaged, and a grade produced.

    Written Report (50% of total course grade). The written report (4000 words) will be electronically submitted and handed in at the time of, or prior to, the oral or poster presentation. The written report will be in the format of a manuscript as submitted for publication. Students will receive written feedback on each of report submitted for assessment, and may, at the discretion of the course coordinators, be given up to 48 hours to revise reports for resubmission.

    Log Book (10% of total course grade). The Log book will form the basis of the weekly review meetings with the research advisor and will allow continuous feedback to the student throughout the semester. The log book will be submitted at the end of semester and assessed on its organisation, clarity and accuracy to the results presented in the final written report.
    Submission

    No information currently available.

    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.

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