VET SC 3516RW - Vet Epi, Biosecurity, & Evidence-Based Med III

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

This course promotes the approach of evidence-based practice in veterinary medicine and the production of scientifically sound evidence to support clinical activities. Basic skills to utilise scientific evidence in practice are taught including: searching, sourcing, assessing, and applying clinical literature. The assessment and application of the evidence will be enhanced by the introduction to basic veterinary epidemiology concepts (i.e. population health management) and the fundamental comprehension of building clinical evidence (i.e. clinical research skills). The development of population-based health protocols will be completed by training in veterinary biosecurity.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VET SC 3516RW
    Course Vet Epi, Biosecurity, & Evidence-Based Med 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
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites STATS 1504 & VET SC 2500RW
    Restrictions Available to B.Science (Veterinary Bioscience) students only
    Course Description This course promotes the approach of evidence-based practice in veterinary medicine and the production of scientifically sound evidence to support clinical activities. Basic skills to utilise scientific evidence in practice are taught including: searching, sourcing, assessing, and applying clinical literature. The assessment and application of the evidence will be enhanced by the introduction to basic veterinary epidemiology concepts (i.e. population health management) and the fundamental comprehension of building clinical evidence (i.e. clinical research skills). The development of population-based health protocols will be completed by training in veterinary biosecurity.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Charles Caraguel

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Be able to assimilate the structured approach of evidence-based veterinary medicine
    2  Demonstrate a comprehension of basic veterinary epidemiology concepts: causal inference, disease frequency, measures of association and effect, sampling a population, selection, information &
    confounding bias, decision tree analysis.
    3 Demonstrate an understanding of basic clinical research skills and their application: hypothesis building, study designs, ethical and legal considerations, sample size calculation, funding and time
    management, project proposal, writing scientific papers 
    4 Demonstrate an understanding of basic veterinary biosecurity strategies and procedures
    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
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1, 2, 3, 4
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1, 2, 3, 4
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2, 3
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 2, 3, 4
    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
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    3hrs of lectures, 1 hr of tutorials and 2hrs of practicals/workshops per week

    Students will have required pre-reading each week that will form the basis of the weekly quiz

    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
    Veterinary epidemiology
    ·  Descriptive epidemiology
    ·  Causation inference
    ·  Disease frequency
    ·  Measure of Association
    ·  Measure of effect
    ·  Diagnostic test accuracy
    ·  Diagnostic test interpretation
    ·  Diagnostic test strategies
    ·  Sampling a population
    ·  Study bias

    Evidence Based Veterinary Medicine
    ·  Ask a clinical question
    ·  Access the evidence
    ·  Assess the evidence
    ·  Apply the evidence
    ·  Audit the process

    Clinical research Skills
    ·  Ethical and legal considerations
    ·  Establishing a hypothesis
    ·  Experimental design
    ·  Sample size calculation
    ·  Designing questionnaires
    ·  Writing scientific papers
    ·  Research proposals

    Veterinary Biosecurity
    ·  Biosecurity context and implementation at the international level (across countries)
    ·  Biosecurity context and implementation at the national level (across states)
    ·  Biosecurity context and implementation at the local level (across premises)

  • 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 Weighting HURDLE Learning Outcome
    EBVM Assignment Summative 25% No 1
    Research Project Proposal Summative 25% Yes 1, 2, 3
    Exam Summative 50% Yes 2, 3, 4
    Assessment Related Requirements
    HURDLES: To pass this course students must attain:

    1.  A minimum of 50% on the Research Project Proposal
    a.  Students must attain a minimum of 40% on the project proposal to be eligible for additional assessment in the form of a resubmission of the proposal

    2.  A minimum of 50% on the final exam
    a.  Students must attain a minimum of 40% on the final exam to be eligible for an additional examination which will be in the form of an oral examination

    Assessment Detail
    Assignments (50% of the final grade).
    1. Students will undertake a critical review of previously published material based on a clinical context (Evidence Based Veterinary Medicine Assignment; worth 25%). The review will be structured around a series of short answer questions.

    2. Students will develop a research proposal on a provided topic (Research Project Proposal; worth 25%). The proposal will be 2500 words.

    Exam (50% of the final grade).
    Students will undertake a 3 hr written exam at the end of semester. The exam will cover all aspects of the course. Questions may include a combination of MCQ, short answer and long answer questions.

    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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