VET SC 7005RW - Clinical Research Project

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

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
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites 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 Co-coordinator:
    Prof Darren Trott
    darren.trott@adelaide.edu.au
    Room G3 Leske Building,
    Roseworthy
    Phone: 8313 7989

    Course administrator:
    Janelle Trottjanelle.trott@adelaide.edu.au
    Room G3 Leske Building,
    Roseworthy
    Phone: 8313 7989
    Please note: Janelle is only available Wednesdays and Fridays for CRP questions

    Epidemiological consulting:
    Dr Charles Caraguel
    Veterinary Epidemiology & Aquatic Population Health
    School of Animal & Veterinary Sciences
    Leske Building G6
    Phone: 8313 1245
    charles.caraguel@adelaide.edu.au

    Statistical consulting:Dr Michelle Hebart
    JS Davies Building G10
    Phone: 8313 7696
    michelle.hebart@adelaide.edu.au
    Michelle will indicate her availability for statistical consulting on Fridays during the week 2 lecture.

    Dr David Butler
    Coordinator, Maths Learning Centre and Writing Centre
    DVCA Office,
    The University of Adelaide,
    AUSTRALIA 5005
    Drop-In Centre Location:
    Level 3 East, Hub CentralOffice
    Location: Room 2014,
    Level 2, Horace Lamb Building
    Phone: 8313 5862
    david.butler@adelaide.edu.au
    David will indicate his availability for statistical consulting on Fridays during the week 2 lecture.

    Scientific writing consulting:
    Dr Dana Thomsen
    dana.thomsen@adelaide.edu.au
    Available Fridays between 9.30 am and 2.30 pm and other days/times by request. Please email to make an appointment time.
    Course Timetable

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

    Students will identify their research project and supervisor in Semester 1 and submit their project synopsis for approval at the end of Week 3 in Semester 2 of the 1st year of the DVM program. Please complete your Research Skill Development Framework rubric (hard copy handed out in Semester 1; Soft copy on My Uni)) with your supervisor as soon as possible and place in your Research Logbook. You will need to complete this again with your supervisor at the end of the semester. Research logbooks missing the completed rubrics
    will not be eligible for the full mark.   

    Week 1: 9-12 noon
    Friday July 28th Veterinary Science, Tutorial rooms 5/6/7

    Study Design, Sample Size Calculation (L1 and L2 Charles Caraguel)

    1-2pm: PC-2 laboratory induction

                 
    Week 2: 9-12 am:
    Friday August 4th Veterinary Science, Tutorial rooms 5/6/7

    Animal/Human Ethics, Plagiarism, Record Keeping, Scientific Dishonesty, IP (L3 Darren Trott)

    Preparation of a manuscript/poster/oral for publication/presentation, what makes a good laboratory notebook (L4 Darren Trott; Dana Thomsen)

    Statistical analysis support during the CRP (L5 Michelle Hebart, David Butler)
     
    Week 3: Hand in Project Synopsis (Friday 11th August 5.00 pm through Turnitin).

    Week 7 or 8:

    Review of statistical approaches to data analysis (L6 Charles Caraguel) Sessions can be booked during the day to consult with the course co-ordinator and an epidemiologist (either Friday September 8th or Friday September 15th).


    Week 10: Submission of project abstract for publishing in the Research Day conference proceedings (Friday October 13th 5.00 pm; email to janelle.trott@adelaide.edu.au).

    Week 12: Please complete your Research
    Skill Development Framework rubric (hard copy handed out in Semester 1; with your supervisor in your last meeting before Research Day and place in your Research Logbook. Electronic submission of completed manuscript (Turnitin and email janelle.trott@adelaide.edu.au), submission of Research logbook (To Janelle Trott in room G20) and poster/oral presentation
    draft (My Uni Discussion Board) by 5 pm Friday 27th October.

    Note:
    Students and supervisors may apply (in writing) for an extension on the manuscript of up to 14 days only if exceptional circumstances beyond the control of the student have contributed to unavoidable delays. If a project is not going well, or issues have arisen between supervisor/s and student, the course co-ordinator must be notified as soon as possible to assist with contingency planning.

    Week 13:
    Poster and oral presentation on Research Day (will be combined with Animal Science Honours student oral and poster presentation day and includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea plus Cocktail reception).

    8.30 am – 5.30 pm Monday 30st October Veterinary Science, Tutorial rooms 5/6/7.

    Weekly or every 2 weeks: 1 hr meeting with research supervisor per week (or every second week) & up to 10 hours
    research-related activity per week during semester – this may be averaged over the semester or can be completed outside the semester timetable.
  • 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

    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)
    1,5,3
    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
    1,2,4,5,6
    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
    5,6
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    6,7
    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
    4
    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
    5,6,7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources


    Students are required to discuss and confirm the availability and/or access to the resources required for the specific research project proposal with their project supervisor. These may include access to laboratories, necessary research and related equipment, specific software, access to any of the Veterinary Health Centres, statistical support, and other resources.

     

    Students are required to review and utilise the teaching and other materials on evidence based medicine, epidemiology, clinical
    and population-based research provided to them in VET SC 2500RW - Professional Skills Vet Bioscience II, VET SC 3516RW - Vet Epi, Biosecurity & EBM III, and VET SC 3514RW - Professional Skills Vet III. Students in the DVM program that have not completed these courses and have been admitted into the program based on an equivalent degree (candidates without a University of Adelaide BSc (VetBioSci) degree) are required to consult with the course coordinator.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    A set of up to 6 introductory lectures on research planning, oral/poster/written presentation skills, research ethics, statistical and writing support and analysis of results.

    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 6 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 in weeks 1 and 2 and week 7 or 8, 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 -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 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 and synopsis* Summative No 50%* 1 – 5,7
    Log book Formative

    Summative
    No 0%

    10%
    2, 3, 4, 5

    3, 4, 5, 7
    * The synopsis due at the end of week 3 is worth 10%, the written paper is worth 40%
    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
    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.

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