VET SC 7306RW - DVM Elective Topics

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2023

Students select two electives from a list of topics offered annually by the School. Content will vary within individual elective topics, allowing students to gain more in-depth knowledge in a specific area within veterinary science. Each of the two elective topics will be 3 weeks in duration and may or may not occur on campus. In some years, overseas and interstate elective options may be offered.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VET SC 7306RW
    Course DVM Elective Topics
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 7 hours per day for two 3 week intensive blocks
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites Completion of Level I & II DVM program. Some topics will require specific core Level III rotations
    Restrictions Available to Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students only
    Assessment Attendance, on-rotation assessment, Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine review
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Stephen Pyecroft

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Demonstrate increased knowledge and skills associated with a particular aspect of veterinary medicine/science
    2 Critically appraise a topic based on an important aspect of one of the elective modules using the principles of evidence-based veterinary medicine
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

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    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

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    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

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    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Learning Activities Summary
    Students will complete two elective topic modules of 3 weeks per module.

    Content will vary with individual elective topics and topic availability will vary between years. A list of available topics will be provided by the beginning of each year for students to nominate a preference.

    Elective topics examples:
    • Anaesthesia & Analgesia
    • Companion Animal Surgery
    • Veterinary Laboratory Diagnostics
    • Veterinary Entrepreneur
    • Ornamental Fish Medicine
    • One Health Remote Indigenous Communities
    • Production Animal Health and Management
    • Equine Theriogenology

    Specific Course Requirements
    Each of the two elective modules cover a continuous 3 week period.

    Full time attendance at each day of the two elective modules is compulsory. Each of the two modules will be 15 days in duration. Students will be able to apply for an approved absence with appropriate supporting documents for up to 3 days per module, but must attend a minimum of 12 days in each module to be able to complete each of the two electives.
  • 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 Weighting HURDLE Learning Outcome
    Learning Objectives Summative Throughout Course 70% YES 1
    Critical Review Summative Throughout Course 30% YES 2
    An exemption to the hurdle requirements of the Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy has been approved by the Faculty of Sciences for 2022.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    To pass this course students must:

    1. Attend a minimum of 12 out of 15 full days for each of the two 15 day elective modules and absent no more than 2 days in any 1 week.

    2. Achieve a minimum of 50% in the assessment of the Learning Objectives.

    3. Achieve a minimum of 50% in the Critical Review

    Students that fail either of hurdles 2 or 3 will be provided with an additional piece of assessment.
    Assessment Detail
    Learning Objectives (70%): There will be a set of prescribed learning objectives that will apply across all electives. The categories being Knowledge/clinical reasoning/problem solving, Technical skills, Communication skills, Case management, and Professional behaviours. Within each elective module, individual supervisors will have tasks that align with these learning objectives that students will be assessed against. Each set of tasks and their assessment strategy will have been pre-approved by the Program Co-ordinator.

    Each three week elective module is weighted equally (35%) towards the student’s final grade.

    Critical Review (30%): Students will complete a single critical clinical review of up to 3000 words on an area based on an aspect of one of their two elective topic modules using the principles of evidence-based veterinary medicine. Each review will be assessed by a rubric. The review will be due by the end of the second elective module or at a time determined by the Course Coordinator.
    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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