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 veterinary nursing applied concepts in mathematics, chemistry and biology. 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.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDilhani Premaratna

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Mosby's veterinary PDQ: veterinary facts at hand

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorSirois, M



PublisherElsevier Mosby


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningYes

Self sourced or Uni sourced
Uni Sourced

Entire subject or partial subjectPartial subject

Total hours/days required12 hours

Location of WBL activity (region)Domestic - metro

WBL addtional requirementsWIL placement preparation sessions, on campus initially and then at Lort Smith.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Identify a range of relevant peer reviewed literature sources using data base searches
02. Write clearly and concisely in an appropriate academic style with correct referencing
03. Apply key mathematical concepts to successfully complete routine calculations required by practicing veterinary nurses
04. Demonstrate knowledge of key underpinning science concepts relevant to applied animal sciences and veterinary nursing.
05. Explain how to use an evidence based approach to enhance developing veterinary nursing protocols and procedures
06. Communicate effectively, professionally and sensitively through oral presentation

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping (Melbourne Polytechnic), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDimuthu Wijesinghe

Class requirements

Placement - Off SiteWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour placement - off site per week on any day including weekend during the day 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 ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
Delivered as reading material, quizzes, video clips.

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 3.00 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

10 x 10-minute pre-workshop online quizzes (1,600-words)3% eachWeeks 2-12

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Literature Search : Annotated Bibliography 10% (500-words) Literature report 20% (1,000-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

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2

2 take home tests (500-words equivalent each) Individual exercise; Short answer format based on case studies 15% each

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO3, SILO4

12 min team oral presentation (3 mins/student; 330-words equivalent per student )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 areas

N/AOral presentationGroupNo10 SILO5, SILO6