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Students will develop and attempt to answer a research question of veterinary public health (VPH) importance and/or importance for emergency animal disease preparedness and response. This will be achieved either by:
- A systematic review of the published and unpublished literature
- Design and conduct of an epidemiological study (or other appropriate study design) or through the analysis of an existing data set
The VPH Research Project provides an opportunity to acquire research methods skills and integrate knowledge and skills attained throughout the course and application of such knowledge and skills to address a research question of veterinary public health importance. Typically this will be applied research of direct industry relevance, arising in a practical setting with a professional context as in the extension of activities undertaken by a State or national government veterinary service or Department of Primary Industries.
Students may apply to undertake 25 points of elective supervised research on a topic of veterinary public health importance. Students have the option of applying to enrol in a year-long part time research project or a semester-long full time research project. Students enrolling in the year-long project MUST complete the project in two semesters consecutively. Students should be aware that they must complete a 25 point research project in order for the MVPH to provide an entry pathway to a Research Higher Degree program (such as a PhD).
Intended learning outcomes
At the end of this subject, students are expected to be able to:
- Develop a research question of veterinary public health importance that can be addressed by epidemiological investigation or another form of appropriate research
- Develop a research study design that addresses the question
- Justify the research question and study design using available evidence
- Understand what is required to conduct the research
- Summarise, analyse and interpret research data and findings
- Communicate their research to a scientific and industry audience (i.e. write reports suitable for use by veterinary and/or public health agencies, prepare a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, or present their research at a scientific seminar or conference)
On completion of this subject, students will have:
- Demonstrated the integration and application of knowledge and skills developed throughout the course
- Addressed a research question important to veterinary public health and/or emergency animal disease preparedness and response
- Planned and executed a substantial research-based project
- Demonstrated critical thinking and analysis, initiative, autonomy and organization in addressing an important research question/ problem
- Demonstrated an ability to search, find, evaluate and using relevant information
- Successfully communicated research findings
Last updated: 11 February 2021