VET SC 7240BRW - Ruminant Health and Production Part 2

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2024

The aim of the course is to provide veterinary students with the necessary theoretical and practical framework to support their progression towards competence in cattle, sheep, goats, deer and camelids medicine at both individual and herd or flock level, and to ensure readiness for the final year rotation in production animal practice.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VET SC 7240BRW
    Course Ruminant Health and Production Part 2
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 7 hours per week plus a full day clinic per Semester
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites Completion of Level I of DVM or equivalent
    Incompatible VET SC 7212RW, VET SC 7222RW
    Assumed Knowledge VET SC 7001RW
    Restrictions Available to Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students only
    Assessment Written assignment, quizzes and examinations
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Mandi Carr

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

    1. Explain the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control of important diseases in the individual or a population of cattle, sheep, goats, deer and camelids.
    2. Devise appropriate herd/flock health plans for cattle, sheep, goats, deer and camelids.
    3. Apply the principles of population medicine and production in terms of investigation, biosecurity and communication.
    4. Describe the common surgical procedures in cattle, sheep, goats, deer and camelids practice.
    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.


    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.


    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.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    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
    This course will be delivered via a blend of face to face and online learning opportunities comprising of

    3 Lectures of 1 hour each per week.
    One 3-4 hour practical per week.
    One day of clinic rotation per semester.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    A student enrolled in a full year 6 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 24 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
    This course requires on-campus attendance

    The learning activities will cover theoretical and practical knowledge of cattle, sheep, goats, deer and camelids medicine, surgery and production at individual animal and group level.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Any practical class or activity involving the handling of livestock (e.g. cattle, sheep, goat and camelids) will require students to wear hard-toed boots and clean overalls. Failure to wear these items will preclude the participation in that practical class. Long hair should be tied back or covered and jewellery removed. For activities involving clinical examination of animals, it is recommended that long nails be trimmed. It is also recommended that hats be worn for outdoor activities.

    To pass this course students must attend all practical and tutorial sessions as these activities are essential to the development and attainment of the Day 1 competencies. A minimum of 80% of attendance is required with timely submitted form for an approved absence to the course coordinator.

  • 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 Yes or No Learning Outcome
    Online case studies Formative & Summative Throughout Semester 1 & 2 30% No 1, 2, 3, 4
    In-course test Formative & Summative Throughout Semester 1 & 2 20% No 1, 2, 3, 4
    Module exit quiz Formative & Summative Throughout Semester 1 & 2 10% No 1, 2, 3, 4
    Practical competency Formative  Throughout semester 1 & 2 10% No 1, 2, 3, 4
    End of course examination Summative Exam week
    Semester 2
    30% Yes 1, 2, 3, 4
    Assessment Related 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
    End of course examination 50 % Yes Additional examination
    Assessment Detail
    Online case studies (30%)
    The online case studies (15% semester 1 and 15% semester 2) will facilitate the development of decision making and critical thinking. Involving the development of a decision tree related to a clinical problem, student will describe the clinical signs, diagnosis, treatment, management and/or prevention of a specific cattle, sheep, goat, deer or camelid health and production problem in a way that captures how the problem is investigated with sound scientific basis and be within the realm of evidence-based veterinary science and medicine. By analysing, evaluating and interpreting the facts, and with a sound scientific basis and evidence-based veterinary medicine, the student should apply creative thought to form a judgement and reach a conclusion.

    In-course test (20%)
    Students will complete a total of 4 tests during the course (2 in semester 1 (10%) and 2 in semester 2 (10%)) to test the student’s understanding and ability to apply knowledge in the areas of cattle, sheep, goats, deer and camelid health and production.

    Module exit quiz (10%)
    Students will complete a quiz at the end of each module within the course in preparation for the accompanying face-to-face activity.

    Practical Competency (10%)
    The practical classes support the development of Day One Competencies. Achieving competence in the ruminant health and production medical, handling and husbandry skills is very different from learning a technical skill. A competence describes the ability to put together a number of skills to produce a high-level performance judged satisfactory by experts in the field. The goal of the practicals is for students to become competent in medical, handling and husbandry skills of ruminants and pseudo-ruminants with minimal supervision and only minor errors, taking the view that the students will develop expertise only through further practice in the final year of the course, the extra-mural studies or after they graduate. Over the year, students develop the basic medical, handling and husbandry skills and knowledge taught in the first year of the DVM Program, integrating and applying their technical skills and knowledge to working with live animals. The students learn to exercise judgement in a dynamic situation potentially life-threatening for the handler, veterinarian and/or patient, while behaving in a professional, responsible manner. Competency will be assessed at each practical with formative feedback provided.

    End of Course Examination (30%)
    An examination will test the students understanding and ability to apply knowledge to real veterinary problems in the areas of cattle, sheep, goat, deer and camelid health and production. Both theory and practical elements of the course will be examined.
    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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