VET TECH 3020BRW - Transition to the Veterinary Technology Profession III Part B

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2022

Transition to the Veterinary Technology Profession III will provide Veterinary Technology students with learning opportunities designed to prepare them for transition to post graduate life. The course will focus on integrating employability capabilities such as business management, occupational awareness, advanced clinical communication, wellbeing and ethical reasoning skills which align with students? Work Integrated Learning placements. The course will be delivered via an intensive delivery model.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VET TECH 3020BRW
    Course Transition to the Veterinary Technology Profession III Part B
    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
    Prerequisites Completion of Level I and II courses in Bachelor of Veterinary Technology Program
    Corequisites VET TECH 3010RW
    Restrictions Available to Bachelor of Veterinary Technology students only
    Course Description Transition to the Veterinary Technology Profession III will provide Veterinary Technology students with learning opportunities designed to prepare them for transition to post graduate life. The course will focus on integrating employability capabilities such as business management, occupational awareness, advanced clinical communication, wellbeing and ethical reasoning skills which align with students? Work Integrated Learning placements. The course will be delivered via an intensive delivery model.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Michelle McArthur

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Delineate and demonstrate effective and flexible advanced clinical communication skills in interacting clients and colleagues.
    2 Practice employability capabilities via an integrated set of career management skills, knowledge, attributes and attitudes to successfully source, apply and transition to graduate employment.
    3 Reflect on and appraise professional skills such as self-care, communication and ethical reasoning integral to their personal development as well as enhancing the veterinary technician- client-patient relationship
    4 Demonstrate an elementary knowledge of key concepts of veterinary business and enterprise relevant to the veterinary technician.
    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.

    1, 2, 3, 4

    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.

    1, 3, 4

    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.

    1, 2, 3, 4

    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.

    1, 2, 3, 4

    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.

    1, 3, 4

    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.

    1, 2, 3, 4
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Learning Activities Summary
    The course will consist of four main components that will be intentionally integrated across the course to reflect the inter-related
    nature of employability in the veterinary profession: advanced clinical communication skills and wellbeing; business acumen, ethical  reasoning and veterinary legislation; and career awareness and planning.

    Lectures and practicals will build on concepts taught in previous years such as clinical communication skills, wellbeing, veterinary  legislation and ethics. Lectures in business management practices will be introduced for the first time in this program. Specifically some practicals will involve simulation activities that integrate two or more course learning objectives. This course will be delivered in blocks in Semester 1 and 2.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Due to the nature of the essential employability skills focus of this course, in order to best support students in their transition to the profession, the practicals/tutorials are considered compulsory in this course.

    Course enrolment and completion spans semesters 1 and 2, thus students must enrol sequentially in the semesters in the academic year.
  • 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? Learning Outcome Due
    Human Resources-  Job Description and  advertisement Formative/Summative 10% No 4 Week 1 of blocked delivery week
    Position Application  Assignment Formative/Summative 15% No 2 Week 4 of blocked delivery week
    Interview Design Formative 0% No 1, 4 Week 4 of blocked delivery week
    Human Resources  Reflective  Assignment Formative/Summative 10% No 1, 2, 4 End week 4 of blocked delivery week
    Legislation quiz Summative 15% No 4 Beginning of Week 2 of blocked delivery week
    Business Practices  Quiz Summative 5% No 4 Completion of Week 2 of blocked delivery week
    Ethical reasoning and wellbeing quiz Summative 5% No 3 Week 4 of  blocked delivery  week
    Business  Management  assignment Formative/Summative 15% No 4 Completion of Week blocked  delivery weeks in Semester 1
    Employability  Capabilities  Assignment Formative/Summative 25% No 1 - 4 End of Week 2 of  blocked delivery  week in Semester 2 
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment Task Hurdle requirement
    Is additional assessment available if hurlde requirement not met?
    Additional assessment, if available
    Attendance at and participation in the  tutorial, workshop  and practical classes  is compulsory Completion of all practicals. Students missing more than  two practical classes will fail  the course unless they can  provide signed medical  certificates in line with  University policy. Remedial  practicals will be offered  where reasonably possible.  In many cases, practical  classes require the time- consuming creation of  resources and may be impractical to reproduce for small student groups. If one or two classes are  missed students will be  required to complete alternate activities, devised  by the Course Coordinator,  in order to achieve and  demonstrate the skills  involved in the missed class.
    Assessment Detail
    Quizzes total (25%):  Students will complete a business practice (15%), ethics and wellbeing (5%) and a legislation (5%) quiz  during the first semester comprising multiple choice questions.

    HR Practices and Career planning assignments total (35%):

    1)  Human Resources Job Description and Advertisement (10%) student will develop a job advertisement and selection criteria for their veterinary practice.

    2)  Position Application Assignment (15%) students will respond to a job advertisement and write a cover letter addressing  selection criteria and submit a curriculum vitae (no more than 3 pages)

    3)  Human Resources Reflective Assignment (10%) of no more than 600 words, students will reflect on their simulated experience
    of being involved in HR practices involving the process of seeking employment and seeking an employee via an interview process.

    Business Management assignment (15%) using a case study, students will create a staff budget and roster.

    The following assessment is the only due in Semester 2.
    Employability Capabilities Assignment (25%). Students will choose and integrate any two or more topics from the material in the course. They will design and produce any type of product that explains the integrated concepts and how they apply to a career as veterinary technologist. Examples could include designing an infographic, writing a short story, interviewing a researcher, drawing a comic, writing a grant proposal, performing a song. 
    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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