Veterinary Research Project

Subject VETS90034 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2016.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Total 12 contact hours of seminars and student presentations
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment 170 hours.

Prerequisites: None

Students are required to take the following subjects at the same time as this subject:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2016
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Students should have a sound understanding of Veterinary Bioscience, infectious agents as causes of disease in domestic animals, and the major animal production systems.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:

Subject Overview:

This subject provides Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students with training in research methods. Students gain an understanding of evidenced based clinical practice and critical review of the scientific literature. The subject develops the scholarly literacy of veterinary students through development of research, analysis and reference management skills. Additionally, scientific written communication skills are developed through the production of a scientific literature review.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Apply research methodology and integrate knowledge and research skills to address a research question in veterinary science.
  • Identify and search relevant databases of scientific literature
  • Critically analyse and interpret scientific literature relevant to veterinary medicine
  • Appropriately reference scientific literature and use reference management software
  • Recognise the importance of evidence-based methods in veterinary practice
  • Apply an understanding of the development of evidence-based practice and evidence-based methods in in veterinary science.
  • Communicate research findings in oral and written form
  1. Written scientific abstract (250 words), due at the end of Semester 1, 20%
  2. Oral Presentation (10 minutes), due in week 2 of Semester 2, 25%
  3. Draft literature review for peer review (1500 words), due in week 6 of Semester 2, HURDLE REQUIREMENT
  4. Scientific literature review (1500 words), due at the end of Semester 2, 55%
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students completing this subject will we able to:

  • Research and critically evaluate the scientific literature
  • Interpret and integrate knowledge published in scientific reports
  • Effectively communicate the results of research by oral and written communication
  • Understand and avoid plagiarism by accurately acknowledging sources used
  • Comply with legal and ethical requirements related to accessing, using and storing text, data, images and sound


To enrol in this subject students must have satisfactorily completed all subjects in the second year of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

Related Course(s): Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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