VET SC 7240BRW - Ruminant Health and Production

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2018

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
    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 1 of DVM or equivalent
    Incompatible VET SC 7212RW, VET SC 7222RW
    Assumed Knowledge VET SC 7001RW
    Restrictions Available to D.Veterinary Medicine students only
    Assessment Literature Review multiple choice question tests, peer-assessment, oral presentation, examination
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will be delivered by the following means:

    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
    The learning activities will cover theoretical and practical basis 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.

    Due to the clinical nature of the core knowledge and skills that are being imparted during the practicals, and the fact that these sessions are interactive and include problem solving activities, therefore practicals within this course are considered to be compulsory.
  • 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
    Practical Classes  Formative Throughout the Semesters 0% Yes 1, 2, 3, 4
    Mid semester exams

    Formative & Summative Week 6 each Semester 20% (10% each) No 1, 2, 3, 4
    Literature Review Formative & Summative Week 8 Semester 1 15% No 1, 2, 3, 4
    End of Semester exam Semester 1 Summative Exam week Semester 1 10% Yes 1, 2, 3, 4
    Clinical assignment & Oral Presentation Formative & Summative Week 8 Semester 2 25% Yes 1, 2, 3, 4
    MCQ submitted Formative & Summative Week 12 Semester 2 10% No 1, 2, 3, 4
    Final exam Summative Exam week Semester 2 20% Yes 1, 2, 3, 4
    An exemption to the hurdle requirements of the Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy has been approved by the Faculty of Sciences for 2018.
    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
    Clinical assignment 50%


    Additional assignment
    End of Semester and final Exams Cumulative 50 % Yes Additional exam
    Practical Classes Maximum 1 absence (within approval) per semester No
    Assessment Detail
    Practical Classes (0%):
    The practical classes within the second year of the DVM Program, attended by all students 12 times per semester, support the practical skills required for graduating veterinary students. Achieving competence in the ruminant health and production medical, handling and husbandry skills is very different from learning a technical skill – 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 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.

    Mid Semester (20% of total mark [10% each semester]):
    A test will be based on material presented in lectures, clinical rotations and practicals in the weeks preceding the test. The feedback to the answers to the questions will be immediately provided in form of a written feedback after submitting the answers. The one hour test will occur twice by mid semester (by end of week 6 each semester) to allow for feedback to students so they can gauge their progress through the course.

    Clinical Assignment & Oral Presentation (25% of total mark):
    Each individual student will submit a maximum of 1,000 word essay (12.5% of the total mark) describing a component of the clinical investigation on a topic/s presented as a clinical scenario related to the diagnosis, management, monitoring and prevention of cattle, sheep, goat, deer and camelid health and production given to a group of students. Students will present their findings to the rest of the group as an oral presentation of 20 minutes in length (10% of total mark allocated by the instructor) and 2.5% by peer-assessment for the group work and presentation.

    Literature Review (15% of total mark):
    An assignment (up to 2,000 words excluding references/bibliography) on a topic related to cattle, sheep, goat, deer and camelid health and production, and will require literature research, an across-discipline approach to a solution, as well as encourage the synthesis of knowledge. Students must show ability to synthetise the work using evidence-based veterinary medicine. The corrected reports will be made available to all students for future reference with maintained anonymity.

    MCQ submitted (10% of total mark):
    In the second semester 10% of the total course grade will be based on student submission of MCQ-format questions and feedback on the questions will be discussed with students.

    Final Exams (30% of total mark [10% first semester and 20% second semester]):
    There will be an exam at the end of each semester which will test the student’s understanding and ability to apply knowledge to real veterinary problems in the areas of cattle, sheep, goat and camelid health and production. Both theory and practical elements of the course will be examined. The questions may include MCQ, short answers and/or short essays.
    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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