VET TECH 1010RW - Foundations of Science for Veterinary Technologists I

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2021

The aims of this course are to provide students with an overall understanding of the principles and concepts involved in complex biological systems and to develop the core knowledge essential for undertaking advanced studies in Veterinary Technology.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VET TECH 1010RW
    Course Foundations of Science for Veterinary Technologists I
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge Prior study of chemistry is recommended (Year 11 - SACE Stage 1)
    Restrictions Restrictions: Available to Bachelor of Veterinary Technology students only
    Course Description The aims of this course are to provide students with an overall understanding of the principles and concepts involved in complex biological systems and to develop the core knowledge essential for undertaking advanced studies in Veterinary Technology.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Sasha Lanyon

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Demonstrate and apply basic knowledge and understanding of organic and inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, biology and cellular biology in the context of animal health.
    2 Describe the processes of scientific methodology and collaborative work.
    3 Develop critical thinking and problem solving ability.
    4 Demonstrate proficiency in common chemistry and biological laboratory techniques.
    5 Communicate biological and chemical concepts and experimental results in written and oral forms in a professional manner.
    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)
    1, 2, 3
    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
    1, 3, 4, 5
    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
    2, 5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    2, 3, 5
    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
    2, 3, 5
    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
    3, 5
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Learning Activities Summary
    Lecture topics:
    ·        Atoms, Chemical states of matter including physical properties, elements, compounds and mixtures
    ·        The Periodic table
    ·        Chemical reaction calculations
    ·        Chemical change and bonding
    ·        Acids, bases and pH, REDOX reactions
    ·        Organic nomenclature
    ·        Organic compounds and functional groups
    ·        Structure and bonding, physical and chemical change
    ·        Molecular and biological basis of evolution including the diversity of organisms
    ·        Cell structure and function
    ·        Protein structure and function
    ·        Mechanisms and control of enzyme action
    ·        Biochemistry of carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism
    ·        Energy generation and storage
    ·        Ruminant specific biochemistry
    ·        The role of nucleic acids in genetic information transfer including protein synthesis
    Practical topics:
    ·        Accurate weighing of compounds, preparation, mixing and pH adjustment of solutions
    ·        Acid/base titration
    ·        Organic chemical reactions
    ·        Introduction to micro-organisms
    ·        Microscopy
    ·        Aseptic techniques
    ·        Gram staining
    ·        Osmosis
    ·        Chromosomes, meiosis and mitosis
    ·        Extraction and analysis of biological samples

    Apply these key biological concepts to areas of animal science and veterinary medicine.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Attendance at all practicals is compulsory. Alternative practical sessions may be arranged on a case by case basis.

    Students are strongly advised not to miss lectures as they may miss assessable components such as quizzes, which will have negative implications for their final grade.
  • 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
    Yes or No
    Learning Outcomes Approximate timing of assessment
    Online multiple
    choice quizzes
    Formative and summative 10% No 1, 3 Weeks 1 - 11
    Laboratory Quizzes Formative and summative 10% No 1, 2, 4 Weeks 1 - 9
    Team Based Learning Quizzes Formative and summative 10% No 1, 2, 3 Througout Semester
    Practical Report Summative 10% No 1, 2, 4 Week 12
    Group Case Study Summative 20% No 1, 3, 5 Week 7
    Theory Exam Summative 40% Yes 1, 3 Exam period
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment Item with Hurdle % needed to meet hurdle requirement Is additional assessment available if student does not meet hurdle requirement If additional assessment is available, explain what type
    Theory Examination 40% Yes Supplementary examination
    Assessment Detail
    Online multiple choice quizzes (10%) Throughout the semester
    Students will individually complete multiple online quizzes during semester (approx. 10 quizzes, worth 10% combined). These quizzes will be completed and submitted online. Feedback will also be delivered online. The quizzes will consist of multiple choice and short ‘fill-in-the-blank’ type questions. The aim of these quizzes is to encourage students to pro-actively revise lecture material as the semester progresses.

    Laboratory Quizzes (10%) Weeks 1 - 9
    Students will record the outcomes/findings of practical classes (weeks 1-9). Practical findings will be assessed in weekly MyUni quizzes.

    Team-based learning quizzes (TBL): 3 quizzes (10%) Throughout the semester
    Quizzes will consist of 10 multiple choice and short answer questions. In groups of 3-4, students will research and discuss topics from a provided list. TBL’s will be assessed and feedback during and at the end of each session.

    Practical Report (10%) Week 12
    Students will perform extractions of various biological samples and analyse the resulting constituents. Students will then prepare a traditional practical report analysing and presenting the data collected (800-1000 words).

    Group Case Study (20%) Week 7
    Students will make a 10 minute oral presentation to the class on a topical issue in diversity of organisms, organic or inorganic chemistry from a provided list of topics. Students will research the claims made in the topic, with references to the current
    state of knowledge. Students will also provide evidence to support or refute the claims and make further recommendations on research required for this topic.

    Theory Exam (40%) open book
    The final three hour theory exam will examine all theory components of the course. It will consist of multiple choice, short answer and long answer questions. The theory exam will occur during the examination period. Successful completion (>40%) will demonstrate proficiency in areas of chemistry, biology and biochemistry.
    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted, then a penalty for late submission will apply.  A penalty of 10% of the value of the
    assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
    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.

  • Student Feedback

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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