VET TECH 1030RW - Evidence-based Veterinary Technology I

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

The career of Veterinary Technologists involves life-long learning and requires the ability to gather, evaluate and synthesise new information based on scientific research and endeavour. Not all sources of information are reliable and this course provides the tools to critically examine evidence, understand statistical comparisons and adopt a sceptical approach to unsubstantiated opinion and baseless claims. In the world of animal health and welfare there are many claims for remedies and treatments, some of which are based on good science and some of which are not. A Veterinary Technologist knows how to identify the trustworthy and the reliable, and how to expose the myth and the fabrication. This course will provide the budding Vet Tech with the skills to investigate and review scientific publications and apply scientific method in his or her approach to career and life.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VET TECH 1030RW
    Course Evidence-based Veterinary Technology I
    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 N
    Corequisites None although it is supported by VET TECH 1015RW, which is advised as a co-requisite or pre-requisite.
    Restrictions Available to Bachelor of Veterinary Technology students only
    Course Description The career of Veterinary Technologists involves life-long learning and requires the ability to gather, evaluate and synthesise new information based on scientific research and endeavour. Not all sources of information are reliable and this course provides the tools to critically examine evidence, understand statistical comparisons and adopt a sceptical approach to unsubstantiated opinion and baseless claims.

    In the world of animal health and welfare there are many claims for remedies and treatments, some of which are based on good science and some of which are not. A Veterinary Technologist knows how to identify the trustworthy and the reliable, and how to expose the myth and the fabrication. This course will provide the budding Vet Tech with the skills to investigate and review scientific publications and apply scientific method in his or her approach to career and life.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Michelle Hebart

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Describe the methods that scientists use to prove or disprove hypotheses, and to publish the results.
    2 Explain the meaning of the term statistical significance in relation to the results of scientific studies.
    3 Write brief reports in a scientific way.
    4 Apply the principles of the pyramid of evidence when evaluating veterinary treatments and changes in veterinary practices
    5 Understand the factors which influence implementation of evidence to practice.Write brief reports in a scientific way.
    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, 2, 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
    4
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 2, 3, 4, 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
    1
    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
    1, 3
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.

    Workload

    No information currently available.

    Learning Activities Summary
    Students unable to attend face to face practicals must apply to the Course Coordinator for an alternative option. This must be done in advance of the scheduled face-to-face practical session.

    The basis of scientific method, scientific research and reporting.

    What does ‘statistical significance’ mean?

    What is so good about double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled clinical trials?

    What are cohort studies, case control studies and cross-sectional studies and how reliable are the results?

    Published reports of series of cases may be reliable, or might not. How to decide?

    Should we trust single case reports, editorials, opinions, consensus reports, comparative research or in vitro research?

    What are systematic reviews and meta-analyses?

    Use of critical appraisal check lists to appraise published literature.

    Assessing certainty in the evidence - GRADE.

    Finding and using published literature.

    How to write like a scientist.

    Research ethics and informed consent.

    Strengths and weaknesses of Evidence-based practice.

    Evidence-based guidelines in veterinary practice.

    Using implementation science to understand facilitators and barriers to implementation.
    Specific Course Requirements
    The course will be delivered as a program of 24 lectures and 12 practicals and workshops.
  • 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
    Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching.
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Hurdle
    Yes or No
    Learning Outcome Due
    Quizzes Formative & Summative 10% No 1, 2, 5 Weeks 2 - 12
    Assignments Formative & Summative 90% Yes 1, 3, 4 Weeks 2 - 12
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment Item with hurdle % needed to meet hurdle Is additional assessment available if student does not meet hurdle requirement If additional assessment is available, explain what type
    Assignments Student must achieve 50% or more in total Yes Additional written assignment
    Assessment Detail
    Quizzes (10%)

    A number of formative and summative quizzes consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions from lecture and practical material.


    Assignments (90%)


    Throughout the semester students will submit five pieces of written work to practise and reinforce the material presented in lectures, workshops and practical exercises. The weighting of each piece of work will range from 5% - 20% of the final course grade, and students will be notified in advance of the weighting of the assignment and the topic to be covered. Each written assignment will range from 500 - 1500 words in length and students will be advised in advance of the expectation for each.
    Submission
    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.

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