Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will further develop their knowledge and application of research and scholarship in a veterinary nursing context. Students are introduced to basic quantitative and qualitative research methods and the concept of validity assessment via basic statistics. This subject teaches students how to search veterinary nursing databases to find relevant published peer reviewed literature, which they then critically assess. Students are supported to further develop their writing skills either through the task of writing a critical literature review, or preparing a case study at a level suitable for publication in a veterinary nursing journal.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDimuthu Wijesinghe

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing (SBVN) and have passed VET1FSV.


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

How to read a paper: the basics of evidence based medicine

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorGreenhalgh, T


Edition/Volume5th edn



Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Explain the background, rationale, key principles and processes of evidence-based practice
02. Critique the design, method and statistical analyses used in a range of published research studies
03. Apply systematic search methods to find appropriate and relevant peer-reviewed journal articles
04. Evaluate and provide constructive feedback on written articles
05. Critically evaluate and provide constructive feedback on written articles
06. Construct robust recommendations or solutions to moderately complex veterinary nursing problems

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping (Melbourne Polytechnic), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDilhani Premaratna

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.00 hour unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via online.
Delivered as reading material, quizzes, video clips.

WorkShopWeek: 30 - 42
One 3.00 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

1 x 30 min written test (500 words equivalent) Short Answer and MCQs on the application of basic statistical and research methods approaches to veterinary nursing related research, and the concepts involved in evidence based practice

N/AN/AIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2

Team Critical Literature Review (600 words equivalent/student) Team of four students Team critically reviews an article of interest published in peer reviewed literature

N/AN/AGroupNo15 SILO1, SILO2

15 minutes Individual Final Oral Presentation (800 words equivalent)

N/AOral presentationIndividualNo20 SILO3, SILO4, SILO6

Final Literature Article (2000 words) Write a publishable Case Study or Literature Review (based on a case study or area of interest from WIL clinical placements) in a style suitable for publication in a veterinary nursing or veterinary journal

N/AN/AIndividualNo40 SILO3, SILO4, SILO6

Peer Review of Written Drafts (600 words equivalent/student) Team of four students Critically review the draft literature pieces of each member of the team and collectively offer constructive critique.

N/AN/AGroupNo15 SILO5