VET SC 7211RW - Equine Practice A
Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code VET SC 7211RW Course Equine Practice A Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s Roseworthy Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 8 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites VET SC 7001RW, VET SC 7002RW, VET SC 7006RW, VET SC 7008RW, VET SC 7009RW, VET SC 7010RW Assumed Knowledge VET SC 2510RW, VET SC 3520RW Restrictions Available to DVM students only Course Description The course provides students with the opportunity to learn and apply the principles of evaluating case history, clinical presentations, diagnosis, and treatment or management of medical and surgical conditions encountered in equine practice. This course will focus on disorders of the cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, integumentary, musculoskeletal, neurologic, or ophthalmologic systems. Students will also be introduced to the application of clinical pharmacology and fluid therapy to equine clinical cases.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Erik Noschka
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Make an accurate assessment of equine patient problems and formulate a list of differential diagnoses for problems affecting the cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, musculoskeletal, neurologic, ophthalmic and integumentary systems 2 Select and request appropriate investigations for the equine cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, musculoskeletal, neurologic, ophthalmic and integumentary systems 3 Interpret and evaluate data from history, physical examination and other investigations to formulate diagnosis in horses affected by disorders of the cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, musculoskeletal,
neurologic, ophthalmic and integumentary systems
4 Develop and implement comprehensive treatment, management and follow-up plans and monitor their effectiveness 5 Manage complications of veterinary procedures and presenting problems 6 Be able to describe conditions which are commonly seen in general practice, and which should be referred to specialists 7 Be able to perform the following examinations: evaluation of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, detailed lameness, neurologic and ophthalmic examinations. 8 Be able to perform venipuncture and intravenous catheterization techniques, under supervision
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, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1,2, 3, 5, 6, 7,8 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2, 4, 5 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4, 5, 6 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2, 4 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 4 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 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, 5
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes7 hours of contact time per week. This will include approximately 3 hours of lectures plus 1 - 2 hours of tutorial. Team based learning sessions may replace some lectures and / or tutorials.
There are 5 Practical classes of up to 3 hours each, over the course of 12 weeks. Students will be split into groups and attend alternate practicals.
Students will receive lecture notes and other materials online and will be required to log on weekly to blackboard.
Online study guides support most lectures and interactive tutorial quizzes that build on student’s knowledge in the area of equine sciences. The problem solving tutorials and action-based learning approach in the practicals will help to develop that knowledge and the application of that knowledge further.
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 Topics
Fever of unknown origin
Equine wound management
Assessment of poor performance
Wound management techniques
Respiratory disease (2)
Lameness / musculoskeletal (2)
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Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Hurdle Learning Outcome Tutorial quizzes Formative
Following every tutorial
10% No 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Practical examination Summative End of semester 20% No 1, 2,3, 6 Mid-semester examination Formative
Approx week 6 20%
3, 4,5 Final theory examination Summative End of semester 50% 3, 4,5
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 Mid-semester examination & Final theory
50% Yes Students that do not attain this combined minimum mark of 50% for the theory examinations will be provided with an additional assessment in the form of a
supplementary final theory examination.
Students must achieve at least 40% to be eligible for an additional assessment
Assessment DetailMid and final semester theory examinations will test theoretical knowledge and application Question formats that might be used include MCQs, extended MCQs and short answers.
The Mid-semester examination will serve to guide the students on the level of knowledge required to successfully complete the course, and give them experience with the various question types in the context of equine practice.
Tutorial Quizzes will enable students to demonstrate their understanding of the application of knowledge and concepts discussed.. Students will receive feedback to assist with improvement of their knowledge base.
The practical examination will evaluate the knowledge and skills of students in techniques learned during the practical sessions.
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.
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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