VET SC 3514RW - Professional Skills in Veterinary Bioscience III
Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code VET SC 3514RW Course Professional Skills in Veterinary Bioscience III Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s Roseworthy Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 6 hours per week Prerequisites VET SC 2500RW Restrictions Available to BSc(Veterinary Bioscience) students only Course Description This course will build on professional concepts studied in Veterinary Skills II.
The course aims to develop the above in two major areas of "Skills, Knowledge and Attributes" (S.K.As) required of the veterinarian as a professional:
ANIMAL HANDLING: students will perform, practice and demonstrate the necessary skills in restraint and handling of common veterinary species. During the practical component of the course there will be competency assessment.
A RESEARCH SKILLS (with a clinical emphasis) culminating in the development of a research proposal.
B. VET MED COMMUNICATION: students will further develop communication and consultation skills based on a predominantly relationship-centred style, being able to apply and identify effective clinical interviewing, explanation and planning techniques.
C. ANIMAL HUSBANDRY AUDITING: Students will perform animal husbandry audits of production and non production animal facilities and be able to identify important processes, key performance and welfare indicators and target values for production; the audits will culminate in the creation of oral reports.
Students will be expected to have completed a minimum of 10 weeks of their Animal Husbandry Extra Mural Studies (AHEMS) placements which includes completion of AHEMS questionnaires prior to the commencement of the course, Students will be required to analyse data collected on placements within written and oral assignments.
Course Coordinator: Dr Belinda Noble
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 To be able to apply business enterprise skills to a scenario 2 To be able to apply knowledge of the important husbandry practices that impact on animal productivity, profitability, welfare & health 3 To be able to perform an audit of animal husbandry practices 4 To be familiar with codes of animal practice and welfare 5 To demonstrate and identify client communication skills using a predominately relationship centred style 6 Demonstrate competence in animal handling and restraint for clinical purposes of a variety of species
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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, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2, 3 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2, 3, 5, 6 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1, 3, 4, 6 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2, 4 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 3, 5, 6 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes3 hours lectures/workshops, 2 – 4 hours practical and some tutorials per week
Many of the teaching blocks will include workshop activities, but will also include field trips, animal handling practicals and skills laboratories, in addition to lectures and tutorials.
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 SummaryThis course is divided into the following components:
· Animal handling & restraint
· Base clinical procedures
· Animal Husbandry audits
· Clinical interviews/communications
· Business Enterprise skills.
Lectures, workshops, tutorials and field trips will be in the following components:
· Animal Husbandry Audits
· Compiling audit checklists
· Conducting an audit
· Reviews of visits conducted – written and verbal reporting of results
Clinical, Interview & Reporting skills
· Medical communication
· Client history taking
· Client communication
Business Enterprise skills (Integrated Learning Activity)
· Staff communication
· Written communication for the veterinary professional
· Organisational Behaviour in a business
· Occupational Health and Safety
Animal Handling and Restraint for clinical purposes
· Basic and advanced animal handling and restraint techniques
· Basic clinical examination skills practicals.
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 must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting HURDLES Learning Outcome Animal Handling & Clinical Skills Formative
30% Yes 6 Animal Husbandry audits Formative
20% No 2, 3, 4 Communication skills assignment Formative
No 5 Business Enterprise Skills assignments Summative 30% Yes 1, 2 Interactive Learning Activity Formative
10% No 1, 2, 4, 5
Assessment Related RequirementsHURDLE: To attain a pass in this course, students must
1. Attain a minimum of 85% of stations examined in the Animal Handling and Restraint for Clinical Purposes Skills assessment
· Students that do not attain the minimum requirement will be provided with an additional assessment requirement for the particular species.
2. Attain a cumulative minimum of 50% for the Business Enterprise Skills Assignments
· Students that do not attain the minimum requirement will be provided with an additional assessment.
Assessment DetailAnimal Handling & Restraint Assessment (30% of final grade)
Students will undertake a station-based practical exam at the end of semester.
Animal Husbandry audits (20% of final grade):
Students will complete an audit based upon an AHEMS placement undertaken prior to the commencement of the course. Students will submit a written assessment (in the form of a poster; worth 5%) and a 10 minute oral presentation (worth 10%) to the class.
Students will undertake an audit for a facility visited during class and complete a written assignment analysing key performance and welfare issues and develop recommendations for the enterprise management (worth 5%).
Communication skills assignment (10% of final grade):
Students will undertake consultations utilising actors in the role of clients. Students will be assessed on their capacity to initiate a consultation, take information from the client, build a relationship with the client and structure the consult. Each session will be taped. Students will receive formative feedback from their first session directly following the consult (0%). Participants will submit a self analysis of their consultation, building on formative feedback given in the skills laboratories from facilitator, peers, actors and self (10%)
Business Enterprise Skills assignments (30% of final grade):
Students will create two assignments related to components of business enterprise management including Organisational Behaviour, Occupational Health and Safety and Budgeting
· Students will submit a proposal (1500 words) regarding an aspect of strategic planning
for a business that will utilise budget skills (worth 15%)
· Students will submit a reflective assignment (1500 words) on organisational behaviour, shared leadership and OHSW issues as they relate to an animal production or service business, and also an up to date resume and letter seeking a position in a veterinary industry enterprise (worth 15%)
Interactive Learning Activity (10% of final grade):
Students will participate in an Interactive Learning Activity in small teams to work through problems provided to them that incorporate aspects of business enterprise management, husbandry management and communication. Students will receive formative feedback from their peers (based on their teamwork capacity). Students will receive feedback from their tutors on aspects of their teamwork,
professionalism and interpersonal skills (worth 10%). Summative assessment will also be via the Business Enterprise Assignments (see above)
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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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