FOUNDATION STUDIES FOR VETERINARY NURSING

VET1FSV

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject is designed to enhance a range of foundation academic skills for tertiary study, including academic literacy, referencing techniques, information literacy, scientific literacy and numeracy, so that key threshold concepts are achieved by subject completion. Students will develop and apply a range of academic skills designed to ensure they have the skills required to succeed in an academic environment. Students are introduced to the concept of an evidence based scientific approach, and its application from the perspective of a student and veterinary nurse. Through a work integrated learning (WIL) context, students will be exposed to applied concepts in mathematics, chemistry and biology by veterinary staff. Students will discuss, reflect upon and evaluate the use of evidence based practice during their placement in the veterinary hospital under the guidance of the academic supervisory staff.


SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAnthony Gendall

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsMosby's veterinary PDQ: veterinary facts at handPrescribedSirois, M (2014)Elsevier Mosby
ReadingsSaunders comprehensive veterinary dictionaryPrescribedStuddert, V, Blood, D & Gay, C (2012)Saunders, Elsevier

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify a range of relevant peer reviewed literature sources using data base searches

Activities:
Students undertake a workshop with the librarian where they undertake database searching using veterinary-specific databases. Students are taught how to determine search terms to acquire literature.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

02. Write clearly and concisely in an appropriate academic style with correct referencing

Activities:
Students will use their articles from their database searching to write an annotated bibliography and a report of their findings. Harvard referencing style will be incorporated into these works.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills

03. Apply key mathematical concepts to successfully complete routine calculations required by practicing veterinary nurses

Activities:
During workshops, students work through authentic case scenarios, where they determine common applied veterinary nursing calculations (e.g. drug doses, IV infusion rates and dilutions).
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills

04. Demonstrate knowledge of key underpinning science concepts relevant to applied animal sciences and veterinary nursing.

Activities:
During workshops, students will work in teams to apply foundation knowledge in biology and chemistry to case scenarios. Assessment of these concepts is undertaken via online quizzes.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills

05. Explain how to use an evidence based approach to enhance developing veterinary nursing protocols and procedures

Activities:
Students undertake a critique of a current veterinary nursing protocol and, using the PICO process, make recommendations about improving outcomes.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

06. Communicate effectively, professionally and sensitively through oral presentation

Activities:
Students undertake team discussions during weekly workshops and WIL placement. This ILO is assessed via an oral presentation.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnthony Gendall

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Placement - Off Site Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours placement - off site per week on any day including weekend from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"WIL placement preparation sessions, on campus initially and then at Lort Smith"

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"Delivered as reading material, quizzes, video clips."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
10 x 10-minute pre-workshop online quizzes (1600 words)3% each Weeks 2-12 30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Literature Search : Annotated Bibliography 10% (500 words) Literature report 20% (1000 words)Individual exercise Part (a) - Research the literature on a topic of interest and find 3 pieces of high quality peer reviewed literature# and complete an annotated bibliography table for each of these Part (b) - Write a literature report using these 3 pieces of literature 30 01, 02
2 take home tests (equiv. 500 words each)Individual exercise; Short answer format based on case studies 15% each 30 03, 04
12 min team oral presentation (3 mins/student; 330 words equiv).Groups of 4 students, prepare and deliver a presentation on the evidence based approach they used to enhance a veterinary nursing procedure selected from a list of potential topic areas10 05, 06