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1 Rosanne Taylor Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Science 25 January 2012 The Chair, Graduate Studies Committee Dear Associate Professor Masters, The attached course proposal for introduction of a BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM program to replace our existing BVSc program is attached. It is a central part of our strategic plan for 2011-2015 to achieve financial sustainability along with changes to our BAnVetBioSc and postgraduate clinical training programs, and forms part of a whole-of-Division curriculum review and refinement of life sciences teaching. Our Faculty has been most grateful for the strong support and effective advisement provided by many members of our Division who have contributed to development and refinement of the curriculum proposed. I would like to note in particular the strong support provided by our new Division Board, particularly the Deans of Science and FAFNR Trevor Hambly and Mark Adams, Deputy Chair, Mike Thompson, Faculty of Science Manager, Cindy Wilkinson and Head of Biological Sciences, Robyn Overall. The program design and articulation of BSc(Vet Biol) and DVM have benefited from extensive consultation with Faculty staff and students, alumni, external stakeholders, the veterinary profession, Division, University services and wider groups of interested parties in the University. The formal endorsement of the proposal has been sought, and obtained, throughout the development of the curriculum. I look forward to providing clarification on any matters relating to this submission. Sincerely, Rosanne Taylor Professor and Dean Deans Office T +61 2 9351 6936 BN 15 211 513 464 Faculty of Veterinary Science F +61 2 9351 3056 CRICOS 00026A Room 204, JD Stewart Building B01 E [email protected] Camperdown NSW 2006 Australia

2 New Course Proposal Template For submission to: Curriculum and Course Planning Committee And subsequently to: Senior Executive Group Academic Board Name of course: Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Biology)/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine combined degrees Faculty: Faculty of Veterinary Science V 0.7 21 January 2011 Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 1 of 46

3 Contents SECTION 1: REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CURRICULUM AND COURSE PLANNING COMMITTEE ........... 3 PART 1: STRATEGIC PURPOSE .................................................................................................................................... 3 PART 2: MARKET RESEARCH, BENCHMARKING AND COMPETITOR ANALYSIS ............................................................. 7 PART 3: FINANCIAL VIABILITY ANALYSIS ..................................................................................................... 8 SECTION 2: COURSE PROPOSAL DETAILS ....................................................................................................... 10 PART 1: PROPOSAL DETAILS ................................................................................................................................... 10 PART 2: COURSE NAME AND CODE ......................................................................................................................... 10 PART 3: COURSE DETAILS ....................................................................................................................................... 10 PART 4: ENROLMENTS AND LOAD (EFTSL) ............................................................................................................ 11 PART 5: INTER FACULTY CONSULTATION AND SHARED TEACHING ........................................................................ 12 PART 6: COURSE ADMINISTRATION ........................................................................................................................ 12 PART 6: COMMONWEALTH GRANT SCHEME FUNDING AND COURSE FEES .............................................................. 16 PART 7: ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION ........................................................................................................ 16 SECTION 3: REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ACADEMIC BOARD ......................................................................... 20 PART 1: ACADEMIC PURPOSE ......................................................................................................................... 20 PART 2: LEARNING AND TEACHING ............................................................................................................... 24 PART 3: RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS ................................................................................................................ 36 APPENDIX 1: RESOLUTIONS OF THE SENATE (DEGREES, DIPLOMAS AND CERTIFICATES) ............ 38 APPENDIX 3A: UNDERGRADUATE COURSE RESOLUTIONS TEMPLATE ........................................... 39 APPENDIX 3B: POSTGRADUATE COURSE RESOLUTIONS TEMPLATE .............................................. 44 APPENDIX 4: LIBRARY IMPACT STATEMENT............................................................................................... 46 Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 2 of 46

4 SECTION 1: Requirements for the Curriculum and Course Planning Committee Part 1: Strategic Purpose 1.2.1 Purpose of the proposal This proposal is to introduce a new award course, the combined degrees Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Biology) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. The four year DVM degree will replace the existing five year Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree, and the BSc(Vet Biol) degree will provide a suitable science-based undergraduate programme to prepare students for entry into the DVM. Articulation will enable graduation with a registerable veterinary degree after six years of study. The quality of the program will meet the requirements to retain global accreditation of the Facultys veterinary programme. The DVM is a Masters Degree (Extended), for which the AQF permits the use of the title Doctor. This proposal describes the BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM stream. This is one part of a major programme of curriculum development and renewal to ensure the financial sustainability of the Faculty of Veterinary Science under the new University Economic Model. Further proposals will address the other related initiatives, a) graduate entry DVM, b) postgraduate Masters combined research and coursework for specialist trainees and c) revised BAnVetBioSc units to enhance cross-Divisional teaching efficiencies. These will follow, dependent upon introduction of BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM in 2013. The Faculty is committed to the continued subsidy required to deliver a world-class, accredited veterinary science programme, therefore the financial projections for all initiatives are necessary to explain the contribution this curriculum change plays in financial sustainability. 1.2.2 Justification for proposal A postgraduate coursework programme in veterinary science is aligned with the general movement in higher education toward graduate entry professional programmes and is based on the North American postgraduate model. The nomenclature for the proposed programme, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine is also aligned with that of the North American system and similar programmes in Australia. The introduction of a four year DVM at the University of Sydney will increase national and international recognition of the Faculty of Veterinary Science as a preeminent provider of veterinary professional education. In an increasingly competitive national and international market, it is envisaged that the change to a DVM will make the University of Sydney veterinary degree more competitive in attracting the most talented students (both from Australia and overseas, especially from North America). Graduates of the DVM programme will learn in an environment that requires a higher level of academic maturity and development of postgraduate level learning traits (e.g. advanced communication skills, professional problem solving, autonomy, resilience, leadership, business management and development of client empathy) than expected in the current undergraduate veterinary degree (BVSc), addressing concerns raised in feedback from the profession. The expectation of both individual and group self-directed learning within the DVM programme will undoubtedly translate into more motivated graduates, who are better prepared for entry and long term professional success as registered veterinarians. Some of the positive pedagogic outcomes anticipated from the introduction of the DVM include greater emphasis on student ability to integrate and translate knowledge rather than on knowledge acquisition alone, greater vertical integration within the curriculum to sequentially develop and refine graduate attributes, earlier access to veterinary teaching hospitals for work-place training and an overall increased student satisfaction with the programme. Feedback from the Facultys partner practitioners (veterinarians in private practice that host students on clinical placements) have identified issues such as increased emotional intelligence, work life balance, attitude to learning and advanced problem solving skills, as being areas that the Faculty should address in order to meet the needs of future veterinary graduates. These graduate attributes can be best addressed in a postgraduate programme using adult learning methods, which encourages student self-autonomy, independent learning and critical reflection. A compulsory defined research component of the programme will cultivate engaged inquiry and promote the importance of a research informed approach to clinical veterinary practice. Entry into the DVM programme will be via either a Graduate Entry Pathway (applicants for this pathway must have completed a science-based undergraduate degree) or Undergraduate Entry Pathway (via the BSc(Vet Biol) degree). The combined BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM programme outlined in this proposal will provide an articulated pathway, which will allow students to complete both degrees in a minimum of six years for a Pass BSc(Vet Biol) degree or seven years for an Honours BSc(Vet Biol) degree. The BSc(Vet Biol) is proposed as an adjectival Bachelor of Science degree to provide a suitable science-based undergraduate programme that will enable students to fulfil the learning outcomes required for entry into the DVM. Teaching in the first two years of this programme would be shared by the Faculties of Science, Veterinary Science and Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Units of study within this degree would be shared with those in the BAnVetBioSc, BScAgr and the general BSc. BSc(Vet Biol) students of sufficient academic Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 3 of 46

5 merit (maintaining a WAM over 65) would be allowed to enrol in the DVM Year 1 units of study in Year 3. Such students would proceed directly into Year 2 of the DVM in Year 4 with recognition for this prior learning. In the current university financial climate it is essential that the Faculty of Veterinary Science have degree structures that ensure the maximum flexibility to adapt to both University and external market forces and which meet the international accreditation standards. In an effort to achieve long term financial sustainability, the Faculty aims to significantly increase student load (EFTSL). The introduction of the BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM combined degree programme is an integral component of this strategy. The proposed BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM combined degree programme will emphasise engaged enquiry within both the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, which aligns with the University White Paper and the Facultys strategic plan. The latter includes four educational goals: 1) international recognition for excellent undergraduate and postgraduate education that provides a diverse student body with the skills necessary to become leaders in their professions, 2) sustained international leadership in learning and teaching for the veterinary and animal science professions through effective management of resources and opportunities, 3) outstanding research training for students in all Faculty programmes, and 4) enriched professional education through engaged partnerships. The BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM combined degree programme (and graduate entry DVM proposal which will follow) is proposed as a means of achieving these goals within the international context of professional veterinary education. 1.2.3 Summary of internal consultation with other faculties Consultees Date of Method of Type of supporting evidence consultation consultation provided Faculty of Veterinary Science staff 19/7/10 & Faculty Strategic Faculty Strategic Plan 2011-2015 20/7/10 Planning Meetings Endorsed by Faculty 23/9/11 Faculty of Veterinary Science staff 1/4/11 Semester One Faculty Faculty Meeting Minutes- files on intranet Meeting Deans of Science, FAFNR 2/4/11, 2/5/11 Degree structure meeting Faculty Associate Deans, Subdeans, 4/4/11 Curriculum Meetings Development of model Learning and Teaching Level B, C teaching staff 12/4/11 Teaching Meeting Division of Natural Sciences Board 13/4/11 Presentation at Minutes tabled at SEG Camden Mr Bruce Miekle, Mr Geoffrey Brown, 14/4/11 ICT needs meeting ICT services Mr Greg Robinson, Cluster Finance 16/4/11 Discussion of financial Refined model Director modelling Committee of Veterinary Deans of 20/4/11 Teleconference Minutes available- DVM models Australia and NZ discussion supported Dr Greg Bryant, Sydney TAFE 25/4/11 Articulation discussion Brief notes on Advanced Veterinary Nursing articulation available Faculty of Veterinary Science, FAFNR 29/4/11 Teaching development Mapping of joint themes/units proposed and external members workshop for BAVBSc and BSc/DVM available on intranet Pathobiology staff 2/5/11 Consultation Revised admissions targets BAVBSc Learning and Teaching 11/5/11 Discussion of options Minutes Subcommittee for model of curriculum revision BVSc Learning and Teaching 13/5/11 Discussion of options Minutes Subcommittee for model of curriculum revision Division marketing and communications 23/5/11 Presented model Veterinary Science Foundation Council 4/6/11 Presentation Minutes Faculty of Veterinary Science staff 06/6/11 Faculty Curriculum Presentation and recorded files available Meeting (Camperdown) on Faculty intranet Consultation with Dean of Science 6/6/11 Degree structure Refinement of model meeting Faculty of Veterinary Science staff 7/6/11 Faculty Curriculum Presentation, recorded files available on Meeting (Camden) Faculty intranet Faculty of Veterinary Science staff June 2011 - Blackboard Community Files available on intranet current Site for curriculum discussions Faculty alumni council 9/6/11 Discussion Refinement of admissions Veterinary Society president Discussion Veterinary Clinical Services Board 9/6/11 Discussion Consultation with Professor McCallum, 20/6/11 Meeting Brief meeting notes available Chair, Academic Board Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 4 of 46

6 Consultation with Ms Sandra Harrison 20/6/11 Meeting Refinement of model Consultation with Dean and Faculty 20/6/11 Meetings Refinement of BSc/DVM model Manager, Faculty of Science Faculty of Veterinary Science staff, 20/06/11 Faculty Curriculum Presentation and recorded files available representatives of Faculty of Science Meeting (Camperdown) on Faculty intranet (including Dean), representatives of FAFNR (including Dean), representative of ITL, representative of Faculty of Dentistry and Director of Academic Affairs Faculty of Veterinary Science staff 21/06/11 Faculty Curriculum Presentation and recorded files available Meeting (Camden) on Faculty intranet Consultation with Pathobiology staff 24/6/11 Meeting Refined DVM model Consultation with Dean,FAFNR 24/6/11 Meeting Refinement of BSc(Vet Biol) Consultation with AVA Education Chair 24/6/11 Meeting and editor AVJournal Faculty of Veterinary Science staff 27/07/11 Faculty e-mail vote on Voting outcomes circulated to staff preferred model SEG 11/07/11 SEG retreat discussion SEG retreat documents- outline of curriculum and faculty strategy Representatives of Faculty of Science 18/07/11 & Divisional Retreat Curriculum renewal plan for 3 Faculties (including Dean), and representatives of 19/07/11 developed at retreat FAFNR Faculty Sustainability Board (external 21/7/11 Meeting Agenda papers, minutes available advisory group) Partner Veterinary Practitioners 22/07/11 Open discussion at Presentation and notes of meeting annual partner available practitioners conference Veterinary Schools Accreditation 3/8/11 Telephone meeting Advised no impact on accreditation Committee Australian Veterinary Association, 3/8/11 email Advised of proposed change to DVM Veterinary Surgeons Board NSW BAVBSc Learning and Teaching 3/8/11 Discussion of preferred Minutes Subcommittee model BVSc Learning and Teaching 5/8/11 Discussion of preferred Minutes Subcommittee model BVSc & BAVBSc students 9/08/11 Staff-student Meeting Model presentation Dean of Science 17/8/11 Video meeting CCPC 3/8/11 EOI Agenda and minutes Centre for Veterinary Education 17/8/11 Board Meeting SEG 19/8/11 EOI Agenda and minutes Courses and careers day 27/8/11 Survey prospective Survey data incorporated in proposal students, parents Chair of Academic Board, Manager and 29/08/11 Meeting Notes of meeting to discuss EOI Executive Officer to Academic Board, Chair of USC and Chair of GSC. Dean & Faculty Manager - Faculty of 31/8/11 Curriculum Revisions to model Science Development Meeting Faculty of Veterinary Science staff 23/9/11 Semester Two Faculty Model endorsed Meeting Livestock Health and Pest Authorities 28/11/11 Presentation of Minutes of discussion and feedback Senior District veterinarians proposal and discussion addressed concerns over lack of rural focus by many USyd FVS students but support for graduate entry DVM SRC president and VetSoc 01/12/11 Meeting Minutes of meeting that addressed representative concerns over increased length of training for veterinary professional degree, possible loss of CSP places and concerns re parallel teaching ITL (Simon Barrie and Graham Hendry) 05/12/12 Meeting Notes of meeting, discussing parallel teaching, student diversity, online learning and programme overview of assessment CCPC 09/11/11 New Course Proposal Agenda and minutes SEG 24/11/11 New Course Proposal Agenda and minutes Chair of Academic Board, Manager and 12/12/11 Meeting Notes of meeting to discuss New Course Executive Officer to Academic Board Proposal Implications for existing offerings: The new programmes will directly replace the existing BVSc programme. The introduction of the Year 1 of the DVM is timed for 2014 to ensure there is no overlap of Year 5 BVSc and Year 4 DVM students undertaking their final clinical year (2016 and 2017 respectively) due to capacity constraints on student Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 5 of 46

7 numbers in the University Veterinary Teaching Hospitals. Transition arrangements will enable students in the last cohort of the BVSc with failures to complete their degree or to transfer to the DVM programme, where they meet the entry requirements. The BVSc is currently taught within the Faculty of Veterinary Science, except for a Year 1 Chemistry Unit. Curriculum change across the Division proposes a range of new units which will be provided for large cohorts from several degree programmes. The new BSc(Vet Biol) program units will be drawn from across the Division. This increases the student load for: School of Chemistry (increase from 1 to 2 units) School of Biological Sciences (addition of 2 units with some shared teaching, electives) School of Mathematics and Statistics (likely to contribute to new Biometry/Statistics units) Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (recommended first year elective) Likely students will take elective units in years 1-3 of BSc(Vet Biol) from a range of disciplines in Science, FAFNR, Arts and possibly other Faculties). Statement on consultation: The Faculty has consulted widely and taken input from the following groups to refine the proposal: a. Division partners- Division Board (including representative from Division of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy), Deans, Science Faculty Manager, Heads of Schools and School curriculum leaders in FAFNR and Science. Consultation at Board meetings, presentations to staff, meetings and during Division Retreat. b. SEG, Senior University leadership- presented at SEG retreat, SEG meeting, Provost, DVC Education. c. Academic Board chair, deputy chair, secretariat, Undergraduate Studies Committee chair, Graduate Studies Committee chair. Consulted on structure, admissions, AQF requirements. d. Academic and general staff involved in teaching- consultation meetings on both campuses, circulation of green paper to all faculty, circulation and presentation of options, circulation of preferred curriculum outline, meetings with individual discipline groups, separate meetings with Level E, and with Level B/C staff, review by Learning and Teaching Committees and Subcommittees, BVSc Year committees, Faculty Executive. Staff voted on preferred models and to endorse proposal at two Faculty meetings. e. Current students- open forums at Camden and Sydney, discussion with Veterinary Society representatives, Staff-student liaison committee, Students are represented on most committees in Faculty. Addressed concerns raised on changes in content emphasis/timing and diversity of admissions pathways. f. Prospective students and families- Discussion and surveys at Courses and Careers day, and with prospective international students at Taylors College (strong interest). g. Alumni Council and Partner Practitioners in Veterinary Profession- Presentation and surveys h. Development and financial supporters- Veterinary Science Foundation, Poultry Research and Dairy Research Foundations, external organizations which provide financial support for veterinary teaching (supportive). i. Veterinary Schools Accreditation Advisory Committee and AVMA accreditation- consultation on implications for accreditation and process for evaluating new programs with secretariat. j. External stakeholders in veterinary profession- Discussion with Council of Veterinary Deans, Centre for Veterinary Education, Australian Veterinary Association, veterinary practitioner groups, Veterinary Surgeons Board and Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (all supportive of educational aims). k. University services- load planning, Institute for Learning and Teaching, ICT, HR, library, finance, Faculty of Science marketing and communications, student services, counselling, international recruitment. There are no implications for CIS as the proposal replaces an existing course using existing facilities. Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 6 of 46

8 Part 2: Market research, benchmarking and competitor analysis 1.2.1 Marketing plan and strategy The DVM degree is aimed at a similar student cohort as the current BVSc degree, i.e. students wishing to undertake professional education to qualify as a registered veterinary practitioner. The BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM combined degree programme is aimed at recent school leavers and non-recent school leavers without a Bachelors degree, that have performed to a high standard in their secondary school studies (ATAR > 95) and wish to complete both their undergraduate and postgraduate education in the shortest possible time. Students who wish to train as a veterinarian but do not gain entry to the combined BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM programme may apply for graduate entry to the DVM after having completed a BSc, either at the University of Sydney or another institution. Market demand for entry to professional veterinary education remains strong in Australia despite the recent opening of three new veterinary schools. It is envisaged that entry (both graduate and undergraduate entry) into the proposed University of Sydney DVM will remain highly competitive. While strong demand still exists for entry into veterinary training programmes in Australia (Faculty has in excess of three eligible applicants with high academic performance for each available place), the Faculty of Veterinary Science does not believe that it is professionally ethical or palatable to increase the number of veterinary graduates produced annually by the University of Sydney, and as such will limit the number of students entering the DVM (by both undergraduate and graduate entry pathways) to the same number entering the current BVSc degree. The current BVSc marketing strategy for both local and international prospective students will continue for the BSc(VetBiol)/DVM with distinctive approaches to the high school and graduate market. The Faculty works closely with the Faculty of Science marketing team for local marketing and the International Office for overseas marketing. The Faculty is involved in all aspects of marketing to low SES schools, has successful rural entry and indigenous student special entry programmes which will continue and has recently received a Widening Participation Grant to expand our Community Outreach programme to engage with regional, rural and low SES schools particularly students in years 10, 11 and 12. The Faculty is a member of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges which provides current information and application processes for all AVMA accredited programmes to prospective students in North America. The proposed DVM will be highly competitive in this prospective pool of applicants. Taylors College continues to be a strong source of International students for the BVSc and it is anticipated that this cohort along with applicants directly from secondary school in South East Asia will form the majority of the international intake into the combined programme. Recent marketing of the proposed new combined degree programme at the University Open Day was very positive (>90% of respondents showed broad agreement for the proposal). 1.2.2 Benchmarking, market research and analysis Both the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Melbourne and the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at the University of Adelaide introduced DVM courses in 2011, and we are aware of University of Queenslands discussions on DVM. Charles Sturt University has a 6 year double undergraduate degree in BVetBiol/BVSc. The four year University of Melbourne DVM programme offers both graduate and undergraduate entry, with the undergraduate entry being through the general University of Melbourne Bachelor of Science degree. To gain undergraduate entry into the DVM programme students at the University of Melbourne must complete Year 1 and 2 of a general BSc degree and then an Animal Health and Disease major (Veterinary Bioscience specialisation) in Year 3. Entry to this major specialisation is based on academic performance in science subjects in Year 1 and 2 of the BSc. The three year University of Adelaide DVM is offered only by undergraduate entry, preceded by a unique (i.e. distinct from the general University of Adelaide BSc degree) three year BSc(Pre-Veterinary) degree. As such students at the University of Adelaide are guaranteed entry to the DVM programme (subject to satisfactory academic progression) at entry into the BSc(Pre-Veterinary) degree. The current University of Sydney BVSc degree is accredited internationally, including with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Such accreditation is critical for the degree to remain internationally competitive. The AVMA requires that students spend at least four years of veterinary-specific education in order to qualify as a veterinarian. As such, the University of Sydney DVM will need to be four years in duration to enable students to enter via the graduate entry pathway (similar to the University of Melbourne). The proposed BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM combined degree programme will be distinctive from the current competitors in that it will: Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 7 of 46

9 1. provide all students guaranteed entry to the DVM programme (subject to satisfactory academic progression) from Year 1, 2. provide a Bachelors degree specifically designed to engage students from entry in preparation for veterinary professional careers, 3. provide a strong scientific background presented with an animal science context and opportunities for enriched education with electives in agriculture, biological sciences and other disciplines, and 4. provide a four year DVM degree that can be accredited internationally. We believe that the introduction of a four year DVM at the University of Sydney will increase national and international recognition of the Faculty of Veterinary Science as a preeminent provider of veterinary professional education. It will address the current loss to competitors of the most outstanding non-recent school leavers, who opt for shorter graduate entry programs (specifically Melbournes DVM). In an increasingly competitive national and international market, it is envisaged that the change to a DVM will make the University of Sydney veterinary degree more competitive in attracting the most talented students (both from Australia and overseas, especially from North America). For many years veterinarians have been able to use the term Doctor as an honorary term in Australia, while in many other parts of the world (e.g. North America, Continental Europe and Asia) veterinary professional education is obtained via a doctorate degree. Changing to a DVM degree will allow University of Sydney veterinary graduate equal footing with respect to the use of the term Doctor, and is in line with the current trends in veterinary science education in Australia. Failure to change to a DVM degree may adversely affect the competitiveness of the veterinary science programme at the University of Sydney. Domestic Competitors Domestic International Institute Name of course domestic competitor offers Fees/EFTSL Fees/EFTSL The University of BSc- CSP BSc and DVM $50,048 Melbourne DVM $41,600 The University of BSc(Pre-Vet) and DVM Only CSP $42,500 Adelaide PART 3: FINANCIAL VIABILITY ANALYSIS Financial analysis 1. Role of programme in Faculty (and Division) financial sustainability. The new BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM programme is an essential component of the Facultys long term financial sustainability plan. It will enable the high cost, veterinary science clinical teaching programs to be delivered to a mix of local CSP, fee paying and international students, expanding pathways for entry and revenue streams for this programme. This is essential as Veterinary Science has been recognized (for more than a decade) to be the highest cost and most inadequately funded coursework program under current Commonwealth Base Funding arrangements. The key challenge is the staffing, space, case load and equipment required to provide supervised clinical practice of sufficient quality and quantity to meet local and international accreditation requirements. Introduction of the undergraduate BSc(Vet Biol) will strengthen the scientific training of veterinarians, because larger cohorts (300 or above) of BAnVetBioSc, BScAgr and BSc students will undertake core Year 1 and 2 units. This will increase load for all Faculties in the Division and improve economies of scale. The DVM Year 4 clinical teaching undertaken in Facultys Veterinary Teaching Hospitals requires intensive 2:1 student:specialist tuition ratios which will be supported through surpluses generated from larger classes in undergraduate programs, once full implementation is achieved in 2016 (last year of BVSc). 2. Revenue. Once fully implemented in 2016 this programme will form part of a sustainable learning and teaching revenue stream for the Faculty of Veterinary Science and will improve financial margins for Divisional partners. Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 8 of 46

10 3. Expertise required for curriculum development, implementation and management. The new curriculum will be developed by releasing academic staff to teaching intensive roles immediately for 2-4 years and mobilizing general staff support for learning resource and administrative development. Four staff with specific expertise accepted these roles and will be supported by more than 35 staff in the Faculty who have completed the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education). Discipline expertise and high quality learning resources are available in all areas required for BSc(Vet Biol) and DVM, with an extensive museum, slide collection, anatomical materials, online resources, and software for managing the range of extramural placements in Faculty. Curriculum planning has been underway during 2011 with six visiting academics with expertise in veterinary education leading workshops and development of resources for tracking and demonstrating achievement of clinical competency in progress. A substantial change will be greater use of small group case based learning tasks (untutored), with online support, early clinical experience and research projects, commencing from Year 1 of the DVM. Time released by reduction of face to face teaching time to 18-20 hours per week in Years 1-3 will enable greater use of adult learning and assessment activities. An additional major change will be programme-level design and management of assessment tasks in DVM, to reward deep learning and reduce the assessment load which is an onerous aspect of the current BVSc. All staff currently engaged in the BVSc will contribute to the BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM, in its implementation, evaluation and ongoing management. Staff: student ratios for lectures, practical, tutorial and clinical teaching will remain unchanged due to meet the high standards of accreditation and ensure safety of students, staff, animals and clients. 4. Adequacy of facilities. Existing veterinary teaching facilities will be used by BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM when it replaces BVSc in 2013. Facilities for veterinary education are well developed at the Camperdown and Camden campuses, in current use, mainly in good repair (requests placed to CIS for upgrade of Gunn building and Camden necropsy facility) and adequate. Sufficient computer laboratories, libraries, farm animal and companion animal access is available. The most critical aspects for the DVM programme are ongoing maintenance of high quality, well supervised clinical case load through the Veterinary Teaching Hospitals. 5. Measures that ensure high quality. Quality remains at the forefront of all planning, and will be the current and proposed programmes will be subject to review by the global accreditation review in June 2012. Multiple accreditations impose on tight constraints on all aspects of the programme (including ratios for staff:student, student:animal, academic:general staff, species specific case load, necropsy load, abattoir experience, surgical case experience, didactic:practical teaching, demonstration of multi-species clinical competency and pass rates for national exams) which enforce demanding quality standards. Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 9 of 46

11 SECTION 2: Course Proposal Details PART 1: Proposal Details New Course Name: Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Biology) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine combined degrees Starting Year: 2013 Starting Semester: One School / Department: Faculty of Veterinary Science Managing Faculty: Veterinary Science Contact Name: Dr Tony D. Mogg Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching Faculty of Veterinary Science University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Camden Phone: 93511742 Email: [email protected] TRIM File Number: PART 2: Course Name and Code Name of Award that will Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Biology) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine be conferred upon completion of course Abbreviated name BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM Is the qualification BSc(Vet Biol) AQF Level 7 (BSc(Vet BIol) (Hons) AQF Level 8) compliant, in terms of DVM AQF Level 9 Masters Degree (Extended) title, level, outcomes, and in other matters, Both qualifications are compliant in terms of title, level outcomes and other with the Australian matters with the AQF. Qualifications Framework? State the AQF level at which the qualification is placed Is the new course the No result of new resolutions for an existing course? PART 3: Course details Level of award Undergraduate and Postgraduate Coursework Type of Award Bachelor and Professional Masters Honours Offered? Yes, honours will be offered for the BSc(Vet Biol) as an appended one year Yes research and coursework program at the completion of Year 3 of the BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM programme Expected normal length of candidature, both full-time and part-time? Full-time 6 years 10 years Part-time Not available part-time Not available part-time Minimum Credit points 288 Mode of Delivery Face-to-face teaching Yes Will international students be able to Yes study the proposed course in face-to- face mode for at least 75% of the time each semester? Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 10 of 46

12 Distance education No Offshore delivery No Clinical Placement Does the course involve clinical or Yes industrial placement/experience? Students enrolled in the BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM will be required to perform animal husbandry, abattoir and veterinary preparatory and clinical placements. These placements will be similar to the current placements required for the BVSc programme and will rely on the currently established relationships with the providers of these placements. Is this a course which provides entry to a profession i.e. needs professional accreditation? Yes PART 4: Enrolments and Load (EFTSL) 1 Estimated first semester commencing enrolments for the next three years of the award course The University operates within a target for Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) load. Any new course proposals which include intakes of CSP students must be discussed with the Planning and Information Office at an early stage in the development of the proposal. Student Type Year One Year Two Year Three Max Quota Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) 90 90 90 90 Domestic fee paying (PG only) - - - - International fee-paying (full time only) 23 23 23 23 International fee-paying (Offshore, can be - - - - part time) Research Training Scheme - - - - Total 113 113 113 113 Notes:Entry to the combined Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Biology) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine programme is only permissible in Semester 1. Commencement If entry is permissible in Semester 2, please indicate whether subject choice will be restricted and whether the duration of the course will necessarily increase Entry is not permissible in Semester 2. University-wide Load Estimated first semester commencing load (EFTSL) for the next three years of the award course Student Type Year One Year Two Year Three Min EFTSL Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) 90 90 90 90 Domestic fee paying (PG only) - - - - International fee-paying (full time only) 23 23 23 23 International fee-paying (Offshore, can be - - - - part time) Research Training Scheme - - - - Total 113 113 113 113 Estimated total load (EFTSL) for the next three years of the award course 1 1 Student Type Year One Year Two Year Three Min EFTSL Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) 90 180 244 244 Domestic fee paying (PG only) - - - - International fee-paying (full time only) 23 46 62 62 International fee-paying (Offshore, can be - - - - part time) Research Training Scheme - - - - Total 113 226 306 306 Notes:Retention rate assumptions: Year 1 to Year 2 = 100%; Year 2 to Year 3 = 71%. Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 11 of 46

13 Faculty of Veterinary Science Load 1 Estimated first semester commencing load (EFTSL) for the next three years of the award course Student Type Year One Year Two Year Three Min EFTSL Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) 32.5 32.5 32.5 32.5 Domestic fee paying (PG only) - - - - International fee-paying (full time only) 8.1 8.1 8.1 8.1 International fee-paying (Offshore, can be - - - - part time) Research Training Scheme - - - - Total 40.6 40.6 40.6 40.6 1 Estimated total load (EFTSL) for the next three years of the award course 2 2 Student Type Year One Year Two Year Three Min EFTSL Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) 32.5 110.5 174.6 174.6 Domestic fee paying (PG only) - - - - International fee-paying (full time only) 8.1 27.6 43.7 43.7 International fee-paying (Offshore, can be - - - - part time) Research Training Scheme - - - - Total 40.6 138.1 218.3 218.3 Notes: 1.) Teaching load assumptions: Year 1 - shared teaching with the Faculties of Science and Agriculture with the Faculty of Veterinary Science teaching an average of 36% of the load; Year 2 - shared teaching with the Faculty of Science with the Faculty of Veterinary Science teaching 86% of the load; Year 3 to Year 6 - the Faculty of Veterinary Science teaching 100% of the load. 2.) Retention rate assumptions: Year 1 to Year 2 = 100%; Year 2 to Year 3 = 71%. PART 5: Inter Faculty Consultation and Shared teaching Managing Faculty BSc(Vet Biol) Years 1-2 Faculty of Science; BSc(Vet Biol) Year 3, BSc(Vet Biol) Honours and DVM Faculty of Veterinary Science Collaborating faculties Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Faculty of Science Inter Faculty Consultation See Section 1.2.3. External partners Animal husbandry, abattoir and veterinary clinical placements (see Part 3) Has the Director Student Centre been consulted? Yes PART 6: Course Administration Articulation pathway (if applicable). N/A Units of study offered in proposed award course: BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM Years 1-3 (a) Existing units of study UoS Code UoS Name Core/ Elective Session Course year offered offered CHEM1101 Chemistry 1A Core 1 1 BIOL 1001 Concepts in Biology Core 1 1 BIOM1003 Biometry Core 1 1 AFNR1001 The Rural Environment Elective 1 1 CHEM1102 Chemistry 1B Core 2 1 VETS1018 Cell Biology 1B Core 2 1 AVBS1002 Concepts of Animal Management Elective 2 1 PHYS1004 Physics 1 (Environmental & Life Science) Elective 2 1 Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 12 of 46

14 ANSC3103 Domestic Animal Structure and Function A Core 1 2 VETS1032 Cell Biology 1A Core 1 2 ENVX2001 Applied Statistical Methods Elective 1 2 ANSC3104 Domestic Animal Structure and Function B Core 2 2 ANSC3101 Animal Nutrition Core 2 2 AVBS2001 Introductory Veterinary Pathogenesis Core 2 2 ANSC2004 Animal Conservation Biology Elective 2 2 (b) New and/or exclusive units of study Exclusive to UoS Name Core/ Faculty Australian Standard Session & Credit BSc(Vet Elective Classification campus offered points Biol)/DVM Education (ASCED) programme Code No Comparative Animal Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 1 6 Function 061101 Course Year 1 Camperdown No Animal Genetics Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 1 6 061101 Course Year 2 Camperdown Yes Veterinary Sciences Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 1 TBA 1A 061101 Course Year 3 Camden Camperdown Yes Professional Practice Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 1 TBA 1A 061101 Course Year 3 Camden Camperdown Yes Individual Animal Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 1 TBA Health and Welfare 061101 Course Year 3 1A Camden Camperdown Yes Population Health Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 1 TBA Welfare and 061101 Course Year 3 Production 1A Camden Camperdown Yes Research 1A Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 1 TBA 061101 Course Year 3 Camden Camperdown Yes Veterinary Sciences Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 2 TBA 1B 061101 Course Year 3 Camden Camperdown Yes Professional Practice Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 2 TBA 1B 061101 Course Year 3 Camden Camperdown Yes Individual Animal Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 2 TBA Health and Welfare 061101 Course Year 3 1B Camden Camperdown Yes Population Health Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 2 TBA Welfare and 061101 Course Year 3 Production 1B Camden Camperdown Yes Research 1B Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 2 TBA 061101 Course Year 3 Camden Camperdown Notes: 1. UoS Code will be allocated by the Student Centre when the new unit of study is created in the Student System. 2. A full list of ASCED Codes can be found on the Planning and Information Office website at: www.planning.usyd.edu.au/information/other_links.php Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 13 of 46

15 BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM Years 4-6 (a) Existing units of study All units of study in Years 4-6 will be new postgraduate coursework units. (b) New and/or exclusive units of study Exclusive to UoS Name Core/ Faculty Australian Standard Session & Credit BSc(Vet Elective Classification campus offered points Biol)/DVM Education (ASCED) programme Code Yes Veterinary Sciences Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 1 TBA 2A 061101 Course Year 4 Camden Camperdown Yes Professional Practice Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 1 TBA 2A 061101 Course Year 4 Camden Camperdown Yes Individual Animal Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 1 TBA Health and Welfare 061101 Course Year 4 2A Camden Camperdown Yes Population Health Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 1 TBA Welfare and Production 061101 Course Year 4 2A Camden Camperdown Yes Research 2A Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 1 TBA 061101 Course Year 4 Camden Camperdown Yes Veterinary Sciences Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 2 TBA 2B 061101 Course Year 4 Camden Camperdown Yes Professional Practice Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 2 TBA 2B 061101 Course Year 4 Camden Camperdown Yes Individual Animal Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 2 TBA Health and Welfare 061101 Course Year 4 2B Camden Camperdown Yes Population Health Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 2 TBA Welfare and Production 061101 Course Year 4 2B Camden Camperdown Yes Research 2B Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 2 TBA 061101 Course Year 4 Camden Camperdown Yes Veterinary Sciences Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 1 TBA 3A 061101 Course Year 5 Camden Camperdown Yes Professional Practice Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 1 TBA 3A 061101 Course Year 5 Camden Camperdown Yes Individual Animal Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 1 TBA Health and Welfare 061101 Course Year 5 3A Camden Camperdown Yes Population Health Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 1 TBA Welfare and Production 061101 Course Year 5 3A Camden Camperdown Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 14 of 46

16 Yes Research 3A Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 1 TBA 061101 Course Year 5 Camden Camperdown Yes Veterinary Sciences Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 2 TBA 3B 061101 Course Year 5 Camden Camperdown Yes Professional Practice Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 2 TBA 3B 061101 Course Year 5 Camden Camperdown Yes Individual Animal Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 2 TBA Health and Welfare 061101 Course Year 5 3B Camden Camperdown Yes Population Health Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 2 TBA Welfare and Production 061101 Course Year 5 3B Camden Camperdown Yes Research 3B Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 2 TBA 061101 Course Year 5 Camden Camperdown Yes Small Animal Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 1 &2 TBA Anaesthesia and 061101 Course Year 6 Intensive Care Camperdown Yes Small Animal Primary Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 1 &2 TBA Accession Medicine 061101 Course Year 6 Camperdown Yes Small Animal Referral Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 1 &2 TBA Medicine 061101 Course Year 6 Camperdown Yes Small Animal Surgery Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 1 &2 TBA 061101 Course Year 6 Camperdown Yes Small Animal Practice Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 1 &2 TBA Extramural 061101 Course Year 6 Extramural Yes Rural Mixed Practice Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 1 &2 TBA Intramural 061101 Course Year 6 Camden Yes Rural Mixed Practice Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 1 &2 TBA Extramural 061101 Course Year 6 Extramural Yes Rural Public Practice Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 1 &2 TBA Extramural 061101 Course Year 6 Extramural Yes Elective 1 Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 1 &2 TBA 061101 Course Year 6 Camden, Camperdown or Extramural Yes Elective 2 Core FVS Veterinary Science Session 1 &2 TBA 061101 Course Year 6 Camden, Camperdown or Extramural Notes: 1. UoS Code will be allocated by the Student Centre when the new unit of study is created in the Student System. 2. A full list of ASCED Codes can be found on the Planning and Information Office website at: www.planning.usyd.edu.au/information/other_links.php Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 15 of 46

17 PART 6: Commonwealth Grant Scheme Funding and Course Fees 1.6.1 Commonwealth Grant Scheme (CSP) Funding per 1 EFTSL Estimated amount of Commonwealth Grant Scheme funding for the year the course is introduced. CGS Student Contribution amount (HECS) Total $21,055 $9,783 $30,838 Notes: 1). CSP fees assumed to inflate by 3.8% pa from 2012 published rates. 1.6.2 Proposed Course Fees per 1 EFTSL International fees are recommended to be higher than domestic fess at a rate of 1.2 to 1.5 (in line with faculty objectives) Domestic fee-paying International fee-paying $45,030 $50,423 Notes: 1). Domestic Full Fees and International Fees assumed to inflate by 5.0% pa from 2012 published rates. 1.6.3 Incidental (ancillary) fees The CRICOS register requires an indication of any compulsory costs other than tuition fees (e.g. bench fees.) Will the proposed course incur any compulsory costs other than tuition fees and compulsory subscriptions? If yes, please indicate the amount. Yes Description Cost Course materials (UoS handbooks etc.) Years 1-6 $1500 Protective clothing and equipment Years 1-6 $600 Equipment (dissection kit, stethoscope and other $1000 clinical equipment, surgical instruments, radiation safety badge etc.) Years 1-6 Accommodation and transport costs for UoS at Up to $5000 Camden Campus Years 3-6 (students may minimise these costs by seeking alternative accommodation or commuting to Camden Campus each day) Accommodation and transport costs for extramural Up to $10,000 animal husbandry and abattoir placements (Years 3-5), (students may minimise these costs by selecting and clinical placements (Year 6) placements that provide free accommodation and local to their place of residence) PART 7: Additional Course Information 1.7.1 Admission pathway: UAC Direct Flexible Entry Yes 1.7.3 Areas of study: Animal diseases and pathology, cell biology, animal husbandry, clinical and professional practice, veterinary anatomy and physiology, veterinary medicine and veterinary surgery 1.7.4 Assumed knowledge: BSc(VetBiol/DVM) Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics with Biology an advantage 1.7.5 Minimum education requirements: Year 12 (senior secondary certificate) or equivalent Additional information: 1.7.6 ATAR (for UG only): 2013 minimum 95 depending on demand and quota 2014 minimum 95 depending on demand and quota 2015 minimum 95 depending on demand and quota 2016 minimum 95 depending on demand and quota 1.7.7 Additional admission selection criteria (e.g. GAMSAT, portfolio, interview, etc.): N/A Will flexible entry be available (for UG only)? Yes No Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 16 of 46

18 1.7.8 If the course is offered to international students please complete the following: ATAR International (for international students only): 95 (Undergraduate courses only) 1.7.9 English language requirements Will the minimum English language requirement for the proposed course differ from the usual requirements (i.e. overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band)? Yes If yes please indicate IELTS equivalent: minimum of 7.0 no band below 7.0 No 1.7.11 If the proposal is for a Postgraduate award course, please indicate the application closing date: N/A 1.7.12 Short degree description (e.g. for the UAC Guide): The B Science (Veterinary Biology) is an applied science degree in biology, animal structure and function, animal husbandry and pathobiology. It is a foundation degree for entry into the D Veterinary Medicine. The D Veterinary Medicine produces graduates with the knowledge and skills to pursue career options as veterinary scientists participating in the care and welfare of animals. 1.7.13 Full degree description (e.g. for Faculty handbook): Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Biology) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM The BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM is a combined degree programme made up of an undergraduate coursework degree called the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Biology) and a postgraduate coursework degree called the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. The BSc(Vet Biol) is an applied science degree in biology, animal structure and function, animal husbandry and pathobiology. It is a foundation degree for entry into the DVM. The DVM produces graduates with the knowledge and skills to pursue many career options as veterinary scientists participating in the care and welfare of animals. Years 1 and 2 involve co-teaching with the Faculty of Science and Faculty of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources. Years 3 to 6 are taught exclusively by the Faculty of Veterinary Science. The six-year course course has a strong emphasis on animal handling skills, and includes teaching programmes in a wide range of animal industries, including small animals, horses, production animals and wildlife. There is a strong commitment to provision of opportunities for students to spend time in veterinary practices and these extramural links with practising veterinary surgeons are an important component of the DVM programme. The Faculty is committed to a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, laboratory practical classes, tutorials, case studies, workshops, computer assisted learning, and practical demonstrations. The Faculty is committed to a course that will provide students with opportunities to learn about clinical veterinary science and teaching material is organised to demonstrate how basic sciences such as chemistry and biochemistry are applicable to veterinary science. In Years 3 to 6 students observe and participate in clinical activities at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospitals located at Sydney and Camden. In Year 6 all students are required to undertake rotations at University Veterinary Teaching Hospitals (Sydney and Camden), extramural small animal and rural mixed practices, the Livestock Health and Pest Authority and at other sites on nomination. Students are responsible for funding their transport and accommodation expenses to complete each rotation. Clinical experience The Faculty of Veterinary Science maintains teaching hospitals at Sydney and Camden, where students and veterinarians work together in a clinical teaching and learning environment. Referral and primary accession cases are seen at both sites, and the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Camden also provides veterinary services to farms in the region. A wide range of companion animals, farm animals, racing animals, exotic and native species are seen. Visiting specialists complement Faculty specialists in most disciplines in providing an excellent learning environment for veterinary students. Knowledge of medicine, surgery, anaesthesia, radiology, clinical pathology and production animal issues are developed with small group teaching. Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 17 of 46

19 Practical work requirements Students are required to complete an extramural studies programme of practical work in pre- clinical (animal husbandry) and preparatory clinical (veterinary practice) placements during vacation periods from Year 3 to Year 5. Students are also required to attend a placement at an abattoir in Year 4 or 5. In Year 6, students complete a minimum of 40 weeks of clinical rotations at approved extramural sites and the University Veterinary Teaching Hospitals (Sydney and Camden). The extramural studies programme meets requirements set by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and is an essential component of the DVM degree. All arrangements for placements in these programmes are made through the Faculty Office. Assumed knowledge for school leavers NSW Higher School Certificate or equivalent level Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. Biology would be a distinct advantage. AHEGS Statements BSc(Veterinary Biology) Detail The Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Biology) is an undergraduate coursework degree taught in English requiring the accumulation of 144 credit points over three years of full-time study. Admission is normally on the basis of a senior secondary qualification; alternative pathways exist for non-recent school leavers. Outcomes Graduates have a broad and coherent body of knowledge and practical and generic skills depth in the underlying principles of animal health, husbandry and production. They also have experience in handling animals (including companion,farm, racing, exotic and native species) in a wide range of animal industries. Graduates have the ability to think critically, solve science-based problems methodically and creatively and can present their own ideas clearly. Features The course structure requires the completion of a cohesive sequence of core units of study supplemented by electives in an area of interest. The degree may be awarded with honours to meritorious students who complete an additonal year of full-time study. This degree is only available as part of a combined degree programme with the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Accreditation N/A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Detail The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine is a postgraduate coursework qualification taught in English, requiring the accumulation of 192 credit points over four years of full-time study. Admission is on the basis of a completed bachelors degree from a science discipline and animal handling experience. Outcomes Graduates have a broad and coherent body of knowledge and depth in practical, research and generic skills underlying principles of health and disease in animals. They have experience in handling animals (including companion,farm, racing, exotic and native species) in a wide range of animal industries. They can present their own ideas clearly, are familiar with current research, and are capable of reflecting critically on their professional practice. Features Graduates have completed a fixed curriculum to meet the requirements of the Australian professional accrediting body. Students complete practical placements in animal husbandry and veterinary practice to a total of at least 38 weeks. Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 18 of 46

20 Accreditation Graduates are eligible for registration for practice by all state and territory veterinary surgeons and practitioner boards in Australia. The degree is also recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the United Kingdom and the American Veterinary Medical Association. 1.7.14 Location/campus for student attendance: Camperdown & Darlington Camden Cumberland Mallett Street College of the Arts Conservatorium Offshore Other (please specify) Extramural animal husbandry, abattoir and clinical placements Hospital (please specify) 1.7.16 Are students enrolling in the proposed award course subject to: Criminal Record Check Yes No Prohibited Employment Declaration Yes No Health Records & Privacy Yes No Information Declaration 1.7.17 Prohibitions The number of credit points that can be taken in a single semester will be in accordance with current Coursework Rule. Prerequisites and corequisites will be as set out in the individual unit of study details. Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 19 of 46

21 SECTION 3: Requirements for the Academic Board PART 1: ACADEMIC PURPOSE 3.1.1 Academic Rationale This is a combined course for both undergraduate and postgraduate studies. This course will provide a foundational education for students of outstanding ability to achieve the necessary standard in pre-veterinary studies for entry into postgraduate studies at the Masters level in veterinary medicine. This extended Masters degree in veterinary medicine will provide graduates with the standard necessary for entry to the veterinary profession and professional accreditation. 3.1.2 Academic Aims and Objectives This course aims to provide talented students from diverse backgrounds with the highest levels of professional education to produce outstanding veterinarians. The BSc(Vet Biol) course content will provide a foundation science-based course to prepare students for professional veterinary studies.The DVM course content will provide structured learning opportunities, research opportunities and work integrated learning opportunities in five competency domains aligned with this aim and the Universitys graduate attributes: science competency; professional practice competency; individual animal health and welfare competency; one health/population animal health and welfare competency; and research competency. 3.1.3 Statement of Learning Outcomes Graduates will achieve a body of knowledge in preclinical (including basic sciences relevant to veterinary science), paraclinical and clinical veterinary sciences which includes an extended understanding of recent developments in these areas and their application to veterinary professional practice. Graduates will also achieve knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to preclinical, paraclinical and clinical veterinary sciences and veterinary professional practice. 1 Aligned with AQF level 7 , during Years 1 and 2 graduates will achieve: cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge in basic and pre- veterinary animal sciences cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding knowledge with depth in some areas of basic and pre-veterinary animal sciences cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems in basic and pre-veterinary animal sciences with intellectual independence communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas Also aligned with AQF level 7 requirements, graduates will apply knowledge and skills developed during this course with initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making; adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts; and with responsibility and accountability for their own learning. 2 Aligned with AQF level 9 , during Years 3 to 6 graduates will achieve: cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge in preclinical, paraclinical and clinical veterinary sciences and an ability to reflect critically on theory and professional practice cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in preclinical, paraclinical and clinical veterinary sciences and an ability to apply established theories in these areas to veterinary professional practice cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to veterinary professional practice. Also aligned with AQF level 9 requirements, graduates will apply knowledge and skills developed during this course with creativity and initiative to new situations in veterinary professional practice; with high level personal autonomy and accountability; and to a capstone experience of work integrated learning placements in a variety of veterinary professional contexts (Year 6). 1 Australian Qualifications Framework, 1st edn 2011. 2 Australian Qualifications Framework, 1st edn 2011. Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 20 of 46

22 Specific learning outcomes for each year of the BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM combined degree programme are: Year 1 Demonstrate knowledge of the general scientific principles within the foundation sciences of biology, chemistry and biometry; and the ability to apply this knowledge in the context of the basic animal sciences. Work independently and in groups to investigate and solve problems relevant to the foundation sciences and the basic animal sciences. Demonstrate basic proficiency in laboratory procedures and practices. Demonstrate basic proficiency in written and oral communication skills. Year 2 Demonstrate basic knowledge of the structure and function of domestic animals, animal genetics and nutrition, and the principles of animal disease; and the ability to apply this knowledge in the context of the applied animal sciences. Work independently and in groups to investigate and solve problems relevant to the applied animal sciences. Demonstrate advanced proficiency in laboratory procedures and practices. Demonstrate advanced proficiency in written and oral communication skills. Year 3 Demonstrate an integrated and comparative knowledge of the structure and function of normal body systems of species of veterinary importance from the whole animal to the sub-cellular level, and the relevance of systems structure and function to basic clinical procedures. Describe, analyse and apply factors relevant to: independent learning, reflective practice and constructive feedback; emotional intelligence, career management, personal finance and self care; professionalism and workplace health and safety; client and colleague communication; ethics, human-animal interactions and animal welfare; leadership and teamwork, in the context of postgraduate university study and working as a veterinarian. Utilize key concepts in pathogenesis to identify, define, investigate, explain and compare problems affecting health, welfare and productivity in animal populations. Critically analyse written scientific material of veterinary importance and communicate basic concepts to others. Year 4 Demonstrate an ability to recognise and investigate abnormal body systems structure and function within species of veterinary importance, and knowledge of key concepts relevant to the use of clinical intervention in the management of animal disease. Describe, analyse and apply factors relevant to veterinary law, practice management and ethics (including professional practice attributes developed in Year 1 of the DVM) in the context of working in and managing a veterinary practice. Apply a systematic evidence-based approach to create and communicate appropriate and innovative solutions to problems affecting the health and productivity of animal populations, local and global communities and related ecosystems. Critically analyse and comprehensively communicate the key concepts on a subject area of veterinary importance. Year 5 Demonstrate the ability to formulate appropriate, evidence-based veterinary intervention in the treatment and prevention of the abnormal body system structure and function in species of veterinary importance. Describe, analyse and apply professional practice attributes (including those developed in Years 1 and 2 of the DVM) to address common scenarios encountered by veterinarians. Define, investigate and contribute to surveillance, control, treatment and prevention of endemic, emergency and emerging diseases in animal populations; formulate and apply solutions that enhance animal production and performance; and collaborate to minimise adverse impacts on public health, local and global communities and the environment. Develop, communicate and defend a viewpoint of veterinary importance based on a comprehensive understanding of current scientific evidence. Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 21 of 46

23 Year 6 Formulate and apply to species of veterinary importance, appropriate intervention in the treatment and prevention of the abnormal using practical evidence-based clinical skills and a critical understanding of the scientific method. Apply professional practice attributes (including intellectual curiosity, self evaluation, critical reflection, resilience, professionalism and effective communication) when working either independently or collaboratively in veterinary practice to achieve ethical and sustainable solutions to animal health that demonstrate a primary concern for the welfare of animals. Apply systematic approaches to protect and advance animal and public health in real world contexts (with particular application to animal production and performance, animal welfare, biosecurity and food safety) in collaboration with local and global communities and governing bodies. Ask a research question of veterinary importance, formulate a hypothesis and aims, perform a literature review, critically analyse the literature, and formulate discussion and evidence-based conclusions. 3.1.4 Statement of Generic Attributes 1. Research and Inquiry. Graduates will be able to create new knowledge and understanding through the process of research and inquiry. A. Identify, define, investigate and analyse problems affecting animal welfare, health, production and performance and apply justifiable methods to create appropriate and innovative solutions B. Apply theories and concepts from preclinical, paraclinical and clinical veterinary sciences together with an appreciation of political, economic, social, technological and physical environments to problems affecting animal welfare, health, production and performance and veterinary professional practice C. Critically evaluate underlying theories, concepts, assumptions, limitations and arguments in preclinical, paraclinical and clinical veterinary sciences and veterinary professional practice D. Develop coherent, evidence based arguments when recommending solutions and critically evaluate the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of these solutions E. Appreciate and adapt to the advancing nature of knowledge frontiers in preclinical, paraclinical and clinical veterinary sciences and professional practice through research 2. Information Literacy. Graduates will be able to use information effectively in a range of contexts. A. Conduct research using archives, libraries, the web and other sources of information and critically evaluate these various sources of information B. Apply research principles and methods for gathering and analysing data relevant to preclinical, paraclinical and clinical veterinary sciences and veterinary professional practice C. Recognise pertinent information needs and gather accurate and salient information from written, oral and electronic sources to create a sound basis for analysis, interpretation and decision making D. Prioritise, collect, organise, manage, evaluate and use information efficiently, effectively and sustainably E. Appreciate political, legal, economic, social, cultural, technological and ethical issues involved in the gathering and use of information Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 22 of 46

24 3. Personal and Intellectual Autonomy. Graduates will be able to work independently and sustainably, in a way that is informed by openness, curiosity and a desire to meet new challenges. A. Demonstrate a commitment to achieving sustainable solutions that aim to balance personal, intellectual, emotional, physical and social needs B. Demonstrate initiative, self-reliance and a willingness to adapt to changing and unfamiliar environments and meet new challenges and deadlines C. Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning through continuous professional development and critical reflection on personal and professional experiences, self- evaluation, and self-improvement of skills, knowledge and attitudes D. Explore new ways of thinking, appreciate the importance of intellectual curiosity and critical reflection as the foundation for continuous learning and take responsibility for continuing professional development goals E. Create plans to achieve personal and professional goals, work independently and safely to effectively implement these plans, recognise personal limitations and demonstrate a willingness to seek assistance when required 4. Ethical, Social and Professional Understanding. Graduates will hold personal values and beliefs consistent with their role as responsible members of local, national, international and professional communities. A. Demonstrate a primary concern for the welfare of animals, a deep respect for human and non-human animals, and integrity in all aspects of their personal and professional life as a global citizen B. Identify ethical issues in preclinical, paraclinical and clinical veterinary sciences, and veterinary professional practice and critically reflect on existing understandings C. Demonstrate a capacity and commitment to making ethical decisions when dealing with situations in their personal and professional lives D. Work safely with people from diverse backgrounds with inclusiveness, open- mindedness, honesty and diligence E. Demonstrate an ability to participate in a broad range of complex and changing veterinary professional practice contexts 5. Communication. Graduates will recognise and value communication as a tool for negotiating and creating new understanding, interacting with others, and furthering their own learning. A. Appreciate that communication develops learning and learning communities with the capacity for advancing animal welfare and veterinary professional practice B. Negotiate and create shared understandings by respectfully interacting with people from diverse backgrounds C. Confidently and coherently communicate in English, both orally and in writing, with colleagues, clients and the public promptly, with patience, empathy, compassion and to a professional standard D. Display leadership in veterinary professional practice by inspiring others in personal, professional and global contexts E. Employ a range of non-verbal, verbal and written communication skills appropriately and effectively when communicating information relevant to veterinary professional practice to a variety of audiences Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 23 of 46

25 PART 2: LEARNING AND TEACHING 3.2.1 Course structure. The course consists of two distinct components, Years 1-2, which provide general science and introductory veterinary science foundations for entry into the DVM, and Years 3-6, which will be identical to Years 1-4 of the graduate entry DVM programme. The units of study in Years 1-2 will be a mix of current BSc and BAnVetBioSc units, and new BSc(Vet Biol) units taught at AQF Level 7. Students will be able to enrol in one elective unit per semester in Years 1-2 the electives may be chosen from existing BSc or BAnVetBioSc units. All units of study in Years 1-2 will be six credit points to conform to the current BSc and BAnVetBioSc programmes. Students must have a Years 1 + 2 WAM 65 or above to proceed into Year 3. Those students that elect not to continue into Year 3 or are required to exit the BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM programme due to failure to obtain a Years 1 + 2 WAM of 65 or above, will transition into either the general BSc or the BAnVetBioSc programmes. Students in the combined BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM programme Years 3-6 and those in the graduate entry DVM programme Years 1-4 will be enrolled in identical units of study. Unlike other parallel teaching settings, in this scenario both undergraduate and postgraduate student cohorts will graduate with the same veterinary professional degree. The students entering Year 3 of the combined BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM programme will be academically advanced (WAM of 65 or above) and have completed two years of undergraduate study specifically designed to prepare them for veterinary professional studies. It is crucial to have both the Year 3 combined BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM and Year 1 graduate entry DVM student cohorts together to allow for equitable early academic, social and professional engagement with the veterinary profession. The Year 3-6 DVM units will all be new units taught at AQF Level 9. The units in Years 3-5 will be taught in an integrated fashion each semester with five common themes (see below). The credit point allocations for each theme in each semester are yet to be decided, but will differ in each semester and each year. The total credit points per semester will be 24. The themes and the subject material included in each will be as follows: Veterinary Sciences animal husbandry, anatomy, physiology, animal behaviour and welfare, animal nutrition, reproduction, veterinary genetics and pharmacology Individual Animal Health and Welfare anaesthesia, medicine, surgery, diagnostic imaging and clinical pathology Population Health Welfare and Production pathobiology/infectious disease, veterinary public health and production animal medicine Professional Practice veterinary ethics and law, communication skills, personal development, and practice management Research research skills/methodology, research projects Year 6 of the BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM programme represents a capstone experience made up of a mix of intramural (in University Veterinary Teaching Hospitals) and extramural (in industry and private veterinary practices) placements. These placements enable students to gain work-place experience in a broad range of small animal, large animal and industry situations in preparation for introduction to the workforce following graduation. Students may elect to enrol in a full year research Honours year at any time after completion of BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM Year 3. These students will graduate with BSc(Vet Biol) (Hons) and DVM. The veterinary-specific course content the BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM combined programme will be required to meet Australasian (Veterinary Schools Accreditation Advisory Committee), United Kingdom (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) and North American (American Veterinary Medical Association) accreditation requirements. Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 24 of 46

26 The following diagram shows the relationships of the BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM combined programme with the BAnVetBioSc, general BSc and graduate entry DVM programmes: Undergraduate Entry Graduate Entry 4 (Bachelors degree BAnVetBioSc 2 BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM 1 BSc 3 with prerequisites) BAnVetBioSc - Year 1 BSc/DVM - Year 1 BSc - Year 1 BAnVetBioSc - Year 2 6 BSc/DVM - Year 2 5 BSc - Year 2 7 11 BAnVetBioSc - Year 3 BSc/DVM - Year 3 8,9 BSc - Year 3 DVM - Year 1 9,12 BSc Optional Hons Year 10 BAnVetBioSc - Year 4 BSc/DVM - Year 4 9 EXIT - BSc DVM - Year 2 9 BSc Optional Hons Year 10 EXIT - BAnVetBioSc BSc/DVM - Year 5 9 DVM - Year 3 9 BSc Optional Hons Year 10 BSc/DVM - Year 6 9 DVM - Year 4 9 EXIT - BSc/DVM EXIT - DVM Version #9 24-01-12 Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 25 of 46

27 Key to superscripts to BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM and DVM flow chart (Version #9 24/01/12) #1: Combined Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Biology) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine programme. Proposed cut-off ATAR = 95+ (2010 main round cut-off ATAR for CSP places in Bachelor of Veterinary Science = 98.10). Admission will be based on ATAR score only and will include diversity places (Rural Entry, Broadway and Cardigal). Students enrolled in combined BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM are guaranteed entry into DVM provided they maintain appropriate academic performance in Years 1 & 2 (see #5). Both degrees conferred at end of programme. #2: Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences within Faculty of Veterinary Science (2010 main round cut-off ATAR for CSP places = 84.05). Units of study in BAnVetBioSc Year 1 & 2 are similar to those in BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM Year 1 & 2. #3: General Bachelor of Science within Faculty of Science (2010 main round cut-off ATAR for CSP places = 84.00). Students enrolled in BSc Years 1 & 2 will be allowed to enrol in units of study from the BAnVetBioSc and BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM Year 1 & 2, albeit some restrictions may be required for some units (e.g. those that involve live animal contact). #4: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine graduate entry pathway. Admission would require the student to have graduated with a science-based Bachelors degree (BSc(Vet Biol), BAnVetBioSc, BAnSc etc.) during the study for which the student fulfilled the prerequisite DVM subject requirements (or achieved the prerequisites by bridging courses prior to beginning DVM Year 1). Additional admission criteria would include assessment of English language skills for students not educated in English and Commitment to Veterinary Science document. #5: Students enrolled in the combined BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM programme must completed 96 credit points of study , including all of the compulsory units of study in Years 1 and 2, and attained an average WAM in Years 1 and 2 of 65+% in order to progress to Year 3. Only students enrolled in the combined BSc(Vet Bio)/DVM programme will be allowed to progress to Year 3. This is crucial to allow capping of total student numbers in the combination of BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM Year 3 and DVM Year 1 to the proposed 120-140 per year. Students who are enrolled in the combined BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM programme that at the end of Year 2 do not wish to continue with veterinary professional studies or achieve an average Year 1 & 2 WAM of

28 Year 3 units). An additional requirement for entry into Year 3 will be a Commitment to Veterinary Science document. #6 and #7: Students enrolled in the BAnVetBioSc programme or the general BSc programme may compete for entry into the BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM Year 1 with credit for previous study where appropriate. #8: Students in Year 3 of the combined BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM programme will enrol in the same units of study as students that have enrolled in the DVM programme via the graduate entry pathway. These will be postgraduate coursework units of study. Students in Year 3 of the combined BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM programme will be advanced students (having achieved a Year 1 and 2 WAM of 65+%) and have identical learning outcomes for the professional veterinary component of their combined degree programme as students enrolled in the graduate entry DVM programme. At the completion of Year 3, students in the combined BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM programme will be given recognition for previous study and allowed to enter DVM Year 2. #9: Students enrolled in the combined BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM programme Years 3-6 and those enrolled in the graduate entry DVM programme Years 1-4 will be enrolled in identical units of study. #10: Optional full year research Honours year. Students enrolled in combined BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM may pursue this at any time after completion of Year 3 as combined degrees are not conferred until end of combined programme. Students would graduate with Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Biology) (Hons) and DVM. #11: Students who wish to exit from the BSc(Vet Biol) to the regular BSc programme may need to complete additional mathematics to fulfil requirements. #12: To meet international accreditation requirements, the DVM must be a 4 year programme following completion of university education which meets the prerequisite requirements, specifically in biology, chemistry and mathematics. For students wishing to enter without a science-based degree, additional preparatory courses will be required. Note: The degree meets AQF Level 9 requirements for the DVM title as it is based on prior university learning in related disciplines. _______________________ Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 27 of 46

29 The following tables show the proposed units of study for Years 1-6 of the combined programme: Proposed BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM Units of Study 23/01/12 BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM Year 1 (compulsory units in bold/all 6 cp) SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 Biology (Concepts in Biology) Biology (Living Systems) or Comparative Animal Function Chemistry Chemistry Introductory Statistical Methods (Biometry) Cell Biology (Molecular Biology) The Australian Environment or other BSc Concepts of Animal Management or Physics 1 elective (Environmental & Life Science) or other BSc elective BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM Year 2 (compulsory units in bold/all 6 cp) SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 Domestic Animal Structure & Function A Domestic Animal Structure & Function B Animal Genetics Animal Nutrition Cell Biology (Histology and Cell Function) Introductory Veterinary Pathogenesis Applied Statistical Methods or other BSc Animal Conservation Biology or other BSc elective elective BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM Year 3 (all units compulsory/variable cp (total = 24 cp/semester)) SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 Veterinary Sciences 1A Veterinary Sciences 1B Professional Practice 1A Professional Practice 1B Individual Animal Health and Welfare 1A Individual Animal Health and Welfare 1B Population Health Welfare and Production 1A Population Health Welfare and Production 1B Research 1A Research 1B Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 28 of 46

30 BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM Year 4 (all units compulsory/variable cp (total = 24 cp/semester)) SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 Veterinary Sciences 2A Veterinary Sciences 2B Professional Practice 2A Professional Practice 2B Individual Animal Health and Welfare 2A Individual Animal Health and Welfare 2B Population Health Welfare and Production 2A Population Health Welfare and Production 2B Research 2A Research 2B BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM Year 5 (all units compulsory/variable cp (total = 24 cp/semester)) SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 Veterinary Sciences 3A Veterinary Sciences 3B Professional Practice 3A Professional Practice 3B Individual Animal Health and Welfare 3A Individual Animal Health and Welfare 3B Population Health Welfare and Production 3A Population Health Welfare and Production 3B Research 3A Research 3B BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM Year 6 (clinical placements/all units compulsory/variable cp) SEMESTER 1 or 2 SEMESTER 1 or 2 Small Animal Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Rural Mixed Practice Intramural Small Animal Primary Accession Medicine and Rural Mixed Practice Extramural Surgery Small Animal Referral Medicine Rural Public Practice Extramural Small Animal Surgery Elective 1 Small Animal Practice Extramural Elective 2 Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 29 of 46

31 3.2.1.1 Combined degree inter-faculty arrangements: An inter-faculty committee has not yet been formed, albeit that there has been considerable consultation and planning within the three faculties of the Division of Natural Resources in relation to the combine degree programme. It is planned that Years 1-2 will be managed by the Faculty of Science and Years 3-6 (and Honours) exclusively by the Faculty of Veterinary Science. If the proposed award course is part of a con-joint venture with another institution, the Director, Student Centre must be consulted in respect of student record keeping implications. 3.2.1.2 Is the proposed award course part of a con-joint venture with another institution? Please provide details of the governance arrangements, including alignment of policy and student support processes with the partner institutions, examination arrangements and quality assurance processes. . Yes No 3.2.2 How will the Course structure achieve the learning outcomes and graduate attributes? Describe how the course as structured will achieve the learning outcomes and graduate attributes. Students progressing through the combined degree will experience a range of teacher focused, learner 3 focused and learning community engagement approaches to development of the generic attributes described in 3.1.4. As students progress within this combined degree the approach will move to a greater emphasis on learning community engagement to facilitate the achievement of AQF level 9 graduate attributes contextualised to ensure compliance with accreditation body standards. Capstone experiences linked to work integrated learning placements within and outside the university in Year 6 of the combined BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM programme will enable students to participate in the delivery of veterinary professional services in a range of contexts. Supervision of students during this phase of their studies will mostly be through one-on-one interactions with students taking on increased responsibility for the delivery of veterinary professional services. Achievement of or progress toward contextualised graduate attributes will be assessed using a standard supervisor report form which links specific activities performed during work integrated learning placements with graduate attributes. Performance of specific technical skills and application of generic skills within the context of veterinary professional practice will be assessed formatively through checklists and summatively through completion of required tasks. Knowledge will be further assessed through an examination focusing on the evaluation of prototype clinical case presentations. The Faculty has developed the Veterinary Student Asset Database to assist students in creating a portfolio that links the acquisition of skills, knowledge and attitudes in the final year of their studies to graduate attributes. 3.2.3 Pedagogical approach, Units of study and Mode of Delivery BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM Years 1-2 (b) Existing units of study UoS Code UoS Name Core/ Elective Mode of delivery CHEM1101 Chemistry 1A Core Lecture/Practical BIOL 1001 Concepts in Biology Core Lecture/Practical BIOM1003 Biometry Core Lecture/Practical/Tutorial AFNR1001 The Rural Environment Elective Lecture/Practical CHEM1102 Chemistry 1B Core Lecture/Practical VETS1018 Cell Biology 1B Core Lecture/Practical AVBS1002 Concepts of Animal Management Elective Lecture/Practical PHYS1004 Physics 1 (Environmental & Life Science) Elective Lecture/Tutorial/Practical ANSC3103 Animal Structure and Function A Core Lecture/Tutorial/Practical VETS1032 Cell Biology 1A Core Lecture/Tutorial/Practical ENVX2001 Applied Statistical Methods Elective Lecture/Tutorial/Practical ANSC3104 Animal Structure and Function B Core Lecture/Tutorial/Practical ANSC3101 Animal Nutrition Core Lecture/Practical AVBS2001 Introductory Veterinary Pathogenesis Core Lecture/Practical ANSC2004 Animal Conservation Biology Elective Lecture/Tutorial/Practical 3 Barrie, SC 2003 Conceptions of generic graduate attributes, Doctoral thesis, UTS. Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 30 of 46

32 (b) New and/or exclusive units of study Exclusive to UoS Name Core/ Elective Mode of delivery BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM programme No Comparative Animal Function Core Lecture/Practical No Animal Genetics Core Lecture/Tutorial/Practical BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM Years 3-6 (b) New and/or exclusive units of study Exclusive to UoS Name Core/ Mode of delivery BSc(Vet Elective Biol)/DVM programme Yes Veterinary Sciences 1A Core Lecture/Tutorial/Practical/Independent Study Yes Professional Practice 1A Core Lecture/Tutorial/Practical/Independent Study Yes Individual Animal Health and Welfare 1A Core Lecture/Tutorial/Practical/Independent Study Yes Population Health Welfare and Production Core Lecture/Tutorial/Practical/Independent 1A Study Yes Research 1A Core Lecture/Tutorial/Independent Study Yes Veterinary Sciences 1B Core Lecture/Tutorial/Practical/Independent Study Yes Professional Practice 1B Core Lecture/Tutorial/Practical/Independent Study Yes Individual Animal Health and Welfare 1B Core Lecture/Tutorial/Practical/Independent Study Yes Population Health Welfare and Production Core Lecture/Tutorial/Practical/Independent 1B Study Yes Research 1B Core Lecture/Tutorial/Independent Study Yes Veterinary Sciences 2A Core Lecture/Tutorial/Practical/Independent Study Yes Professional Practice 2A Core Lecture/Tutorial/Practical/Independent Study Yes Individual Animal Health and Welfare 2A Core Lecture/Tutorial/Practical/Independent Study Yes Population Health Welfare and Production Core Lecture/Tutorial/Practical/Independent 2A Study Yes Research 2A Core Lecture/Tutorial/Independent Study Yes Veterinary Sciences 2B Core Lecture/Tutorial/Practical/Independent Study Yes Professional Practice 2B Core Lecture/Tutorial/Practical/Independent Study Yes Individual Animal Health and Welfare 2B Core Lecture/Tutorial/Practical/Independent Study Yes Population Health Welfare and Production Core Lecture/Tutorial/Practical/Independent 2B Study Yes Research 2B Core Lecture/Tutorial/Independent Study Yes Veterinary Sciences 3A Core Lecture/Tutorial/Practical/Independent Study Yes Professional Practice 3A Core Lecture/Tutorial/Independent Study Yes Individual Animal Health and Welfare 3A Core Lecture/Tutorial/Practical/Independent Study Yes Population Health Welfare and Production Core Lecture/Tutorial/Practical/Independent 3A Study/Placement Yes Research 3A Core Lecture/Tutorial/Independent Study Yes Veterinary Sciences 3B Core Lecture/Tutorial/Independent Study Yes Professional Practice 3B Core Lecture/Tutorial/Practical/Independent Study Yes Individual Animal Health and Welfare 3B Core Lecture/Tutorial/Practical/Independent Study/Placement Yes Population Health Welfare and Production Core Lecture/Tutorial/Practical/Independent Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 31 of 46

33 3B Study Yes Research 3B Core Lecture/Tutorial/Independent Study Yes Small Animal Anaesthesia and Intensive Core Professional Placement/Experiential Care Yes Small Animal Primary Accession Core Professional Placement/Experiential Medicine Yes Small Animal Referral Medicine Core Professional Placement/Experiential Yes Small Animal Surgery Core Professional Placement/Experiential Yes Small Animal Practice Extramural Core Professional Placement/Experiential Yes Rural Mixed Practice Intramural Core Professional Placement/Experiential Yes Rural Mixed Practice Extramural Core Professional Placement/Experiential Yes Rural Public Practice Extramural Core Professional Placement/Experiential Yes Elective 1 Core Professional Placement/Experiential Yes Elective 2 Core Professional Placement/Experiential Lectures, tutorials and practical/laboratory classes will be the primary delivery methods during Years 1 & 2. This traditional pedagogic approach will allow undergraduate students to obtain foundation knowledge and skills necessary for entry into the postgraduate coursework DVM. While traditional lectures, tutorials and practical/laboratory classes will be the basis of the delivery of the content of the BSc(Vet Biol) degree, teachers will be encouraged to adopt a student-focussed approach and incorporate innovative methods of delivery and engaged enquiry (including research enhanced learning and teaching and community engaged learning and teaching activities). As per the AQF specifications for Level 9 Masters Degree (Extended), graduates from the DVM will undertake a programme of structured learning with some independent research and a significant proportion of practice-related learning. The pedagogic approach to the DVM will be focussed on the principles of adult learning, with is best encouraged when: learners are engaged as participants in the design of learning they are encouraged to be self-directed the teacher functions as a facilitator rather than a didactic instructor individual learners' needs and styles are taken into account a climate conducive to learning is established learners' past experiences are utilised in the classroom learning activities are deemed to have some direct relevance to the learners' 4 circumstances Learning strategies within the DVM will encourage: Knowledge integration and application to novel situations Learner autonomy Critical reflection Independent research and scholarship experiences Professional experiences across a wide range of veterinary disciplines Engaged enquiry will be a significant focus of the approach to learning and teaching within the DVM. All units of study within Year 3, 4 &5 will include small group teaching and independent study, in addition to more traditional lectures and practical/laboratory classes. The Research theme within the DVM will provide the students skills and experience in research methodologies relevant to veterinary science, with the aim of cultivating engaged inquiry and promoting the importance of a research informed approach to clinical veterinary practice. All units of study in Year 6 are professional placements, with an emphasis on experiential practice- related learning. In many cases these placements provide one-to-one instruction. Accreditation bodies dictate that for the DVM, the ratio of hours of theoretical training to hours of practical and clinical training to be less than or equal to 1:1. Supervision of extramural animal husbandry, abattoir, and veterinary preparatory and clinical placements will be similar to the current processes for the BVSc programme. Placement supervisors provide direct oversight of the students experiences during the placement and provide written feedback to the Faculty on the students performance against pre-defined learning outcomes for each placement type. 3.2.4 Academic advice, support and student representation Each year of the BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM programme will have a year co-ordinator to offer academic advice as well as advice and support regarding student progression . The Faculty has an Associate Dean for Students supported by two Sub Deans (one of whom is based on the Camden campus), who support enrolled students 4 Brookfield, 1986 Understanding and Facilitating Adult Learning. Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 32 of 46

34 in matters concerning student welfare. The Associate Dean chairs a staff-student liaison meeting held every semester where students can raise issues pertaining to the course administration, Faculty resources and general matters impacting their campus experience. Students have representation through their year representatives on the Faculty Learning and Teaching Sub-Committees and students are seconded to working groups or parties within the Faculty convened for specific projects. We will not be offering any fully online courses in the proposed degree structures. We will, however, develop the new Units of Study to allow for the replacement of some face-to-face contact hours. The amount of replacement has not yet been determined, but our current curriculum allows for very little if any replacement of face-to-face teaching. The new postgraduate degree will facilitate more independent learning than previously, to foster critical thinking and problem-solving. This will be achieved by the construction of pedagogically sound e-Learning resources, using Blackboard as the platform to access these. Examples would be well-structured discussion boards and case-based learning exercises supported by a blend of online and in-class contact with the teaching staff. Support tools such as the Librarys excellent iResearch modules, the ExSite e-Community on Blackboard and the iWrite resource will be available via the Blackboard sites. The Faculty was successful in gaining funding via the Sydney e-Learning Strategic Project for 2012 to investigate ways of increasing the amount of online learning and providing e-Learning resources with the aim of replacing some face-to-face hours. It is a scoping project that will provide support for academics to utilise the tools in the Learner Management System in the best possible way. 3.2.5 Assessment procedures Proposed assessment regime Proportion of Use of external assessors/examiners assessment (Yes/No) regime (%) (if yes, please provide details) Years 1-5 coursework 50% No Years 1-5 practical 50% No Year 6 professional placements/experiential 100% Yes 50% of placement time will be with extramural supervisors External examiners will also be involved in the first two years of student cohorts to complete the programme (see below) Assessment practices within the BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM combined programme will conform to the principles outlined in the recent University assessment review: 1. Assessments advance student learning - alignment with learning outcomes, a variety of tasks, designed to foster enquiry-based learning and the provision of constructive, timely feedback 2. Assessment practices are clearly communicated - unit of study outlines explain rationale for assessment, all staff share a common understanding, marking methods are transparent 3. Assessment practices are valid and fair - authentic and appropriate, incorporates rigorous academic standards, students are evaluated solely on the basis of their achievements, equity and inclusiveness to accommodate diversity To ensure that these principles are met and that graduates have the necessary day-one knowledge, skills and attitudes for entering the veterinary profession, the Faculty will adopt a programme level approach to the development and evaluation of assessment within the DVM (Years 3-6 of the BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM combined programme). Accreditation bodies will require overall assessment of the graduates by external examiners for a least the first student cohort to complete the programme. External examiners would be used irrespective of the accreditation expectations as part of the Facultys learning and teaching quality assurance programme for at least the first two years, so as to assess any issues of student outcomes that may differ between the students that enter the DVM programme via the graduate or undergraduate entry pathways. 3.2.6 Remediation and reassessment The barrier between Years 2 & 3 will be based solely on the combined Year 1 + 2 WAM. There will be no remediation or reassessment for this barrier. From Year 3 onwards students must satisfactorily pass all units of study within an academic year to progress to the next year. Within the DVM students must satisfactorily pass all units in each semester to be able to progress to the next semester. The Faculty of Veterinary Science has recently had a Supplementary Examination policy approved by the Academic Board. This policy will be used to ensure appropriate opportunities for timely student progression, and will be administered according to the current faculty resolutions. Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 33 of 46

35 3.2.7 Assurance of Learning Assessment tasks will vary depending upon what is being assessed skills, knowledge or attitude and the level of assessment as defined using the SOLO taxonomy. The approach taken will align with Millers pyramid as detailed in Figure 1 5 Figure 1 Millers Pyramid and Assessment Methods Years 1-5 of the BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM combined programme will focus on assessment in the lower layers of the pyramid but there will be opportunities for practical assessments via OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations), long cases and portfolio development. Year 6 will focus on assessment of student competence within workplace settings and evidence for competence in a variety of professional areas linked to graduate attributes will be collated in a portfolio. 3.2.8 Student workload Years 1 and 2: Expected workload Weekly workload Lectures 12 Tutorials 2 Practical experience 10 Independent study 6 Reading and work for assessment 6 Others (please specify): N/A Years 3, 4, 5 and 6: Expected workload Weekly workload Lectures 6 Tutorials 6 Practical experience 8 Independent study 8 Reading and work for assessment 8 Others (please specify): Placements 35 hours (Year 6 only) Workload for Assessment tasks. In Years 3, 4 and 5 intra-semester exams will be organised to occur during one allocated week of semester and there will be no classes during this week. Any other intra-semester assessment tasks will be managed by the Year Coordinator in consultation with all Unit of Study Coordinators to ensure tasks are allocated as evenly as possible throughout the semester. 5 Rhind SM 2006, Competence at graduation: implications for assessment, Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, vol. 33 no. 2, pp. 172-5. Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 34 of 46

36 3.2.9 Quality assurance arrangements and program review A systems based approach will continue to be used by the BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM Learning and Teaching Subcommittee (LTSC) for ensuring curriculum quality and continuous improvement. This approach has proved successful with implementation of the current BVSc course as it ensures feedback is collected from the various inputs, learning and teaching processes and outputs of our program. The role of the LTSC is to process this feedback and ensure it is directed towards relevant systems components. The LTSC will meet every two months for the first years of implementation of the degree (previously every quarter) and will be made up of Year Coordinators, the Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching, the Associate Dean for Students, the Veterinary Faculty Library Liaison, and student representatives from each year of the course. The committee is supported by one administrative staff member (LTC Support) and chaired by the Sub Dean for BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM. All academic teaching staff are required to complete the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and an online resource supplemented with tutorial sessions is being developed in collaboration with the University of Queensland to assist intramural and extramural supervisors. Extramural supervisors also receive training during our annual Partners in Veterinary Education Conference. Accreditation bodies will require overall assessment of the graduates by external examiners for a least the first student cohort to complete the programme. External examiners would be used irrespective of the accreditation expectations as part of the Facultys learning and teaching quality assurance programme for at least the first two years, so as to assess any issues of student outcomes that may differ between the students that enter the DVM programme via the graduate or undergraduate entry pathways. 3.2.10 Resolutions 3.2.10.1 Are there changes to the list of Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates conferred by your Faculty, as listed in the Resolutions of the Senate available in the University Calendar? Yes If yes, please complete Appendix 1. No 3.2.10.2 Will there be new Resolutions or changes to the existing Faculty Resolutions for the proposed award course? Yes If yes, please complete Appendix 2. No 3.2.10.3 Will there be new Resolutions or changes to the existing Course Resolutions for the proposed award course? Yes If yes, please complete Appendix 3a or 3b (there are separate appendices for No undergraduate and postgraduate courses). 3.2.10.4 Will there be changes to the academic dress due to the introduction of the proposed new award course? Yes If yes, please contact the DVC (Education) and Registrar. No 3.2.11 Transitional arrangements (for continuing students, and inbound International students) Last semester of student intake under existing Resolutions: Domestic students Semester 1 2012 International students Semester 1 2012 Are there international students currently undertaking foundation or English language studies who are planning to take this course? No For course deletions, please advise the last date for enrolments into the existing course: Semester 1 2012 Any students who express interest in a 2013 enrolment have been put in contact with the Faculty. They have been informed of the proposed changes and as there are no changes to the assumed knowledge they will be offered a place in the new program. Taylors College have also been informed and staff have been representing the Faculty at all recent information sessions. Students entering the BVSc in the last intake (Semester 1, 2012) and who find it necessary to defer or who fail a unit of study will be accommodated during the transition period by enrolling in units of study from the proposed BSc(Vet Biol) programme or the existing Animal & Veterinary Bioscience programme. The units of study will be selected based on their content and learning outcomes. Where a suitable unit of study unit is not readily available s the Faculty will modify an existing unit to meet the requirements. Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 35 of 46

37 PART 3: RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS 3.3.1 Availability of teaching and support staff 3.3.1.1 Provide details of the academic staffing and support staffing (administrative, IT or technical support) required to deliver the award course. (It is not necessary to provide detailed information on the names or qualifications of individual staff members.) The BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM combined programme will be delivered by the current staff of the Faculty of Veterinary Science (supported by staff from the Faculty of Science and Faculty of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources in Year 1 & 2). The only additional staff planned for support of this programme are six teaching assistant positions. Teaching intensive staff have been identified and committed to assist with curriculum development process. 3.3.1.2 What are the strengths of the department/school relevant to this proposal? As noted by the recent Academic Board Review Team, the Faculty of Veterinary Science maintains accreditation with three internationally recognised accrediting bodies, thereby applying rigorous standards to its own clinical education and providing outstanding employment opportunities for graduates. Furthermore the Academic Board Review recognised the Facultys strong collegial culture based on shared leadership. The Faculty has a strong focus on providing outstanding learning opportunities for its students and on leadership/scholarship in education (including a contractual obligation for all new academic staff to complete the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education) 38 Faculty staff completed the Graduate Certificate from 2003 to 2010). In addition the Facultys teaching staff possess an outstanding level of professional expertise in all areas relevant to training animal and veterinary scientists. The number of teaching staff within the Faculty is also a strength accreditation bodies require a student:teaching staff ratio of less than or equal to 7.5:1. In addition to the outstanding teaching staff within the Faculty, the Faculty has developed a strong relationship with over 400 veterinary organisations throughout the world who facilitate our professional placement programme. There is strong administrative and ICT support for this programme which is highly regarded by the profession. It is in the context of these Faculty strengths that the combined BSc(Vet Biol)/DVM programme is proposed. 3.3.1.3 Please indicate whether use will be made of staff not on the Universitys formal payroll and how monitoring and supervision of those staff is to be managed. Please include in this section the use of supervisors for professional placements. Supervisors for professional placements are monitored through a programme of scheduled placement visits, the Partners in Veterinary Education Conference each year, through comparisons between intramural and extramural assessments, through complementary Faculty based assessments of student written work completed during placements, through an online student placement feedback form and analyses of these submissions. 3.3.2 Please indicate the teaching space and other required facilities required for the course: 3.3.2.1 Teaching rooms: Access to additional small group teaching/tutorial spaces may be required to accommodate the change in teaching style for the new programme 3.3.2.2 Lecture theatres: Larger class sizes may require access to additional large University lecture theatres 3.3.2.3 Laboratories (including computer access labs): Greater demand on existing laboratory and computer laboratory to accommodate larger class sizes in units offered in Years 1 and 2. Access to teaching spaces in the proposed CODCD complex would be a suitable solution Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 36 of 46

38 3.3.2.4 Staff offices: No additional office space required 3.3.2.5 Storage or other space required including any which needs to be rented externally: No additional storage space required 3.3.2.6 Professional placement locations: Current number of placement sites on Faculty database will be sufficient 3.3.3 Provide details of the nature and cost of computer technology (i.e. computer hardware and software, teaching technology, etc) and other equipment (e.g. specialised IT resources such as videoconferencing, data projectors, laboratory equipment such as microscopes) required to deliver and support the proposed award course. 3.3.3.1 Computer Technology: There will be a need for a modest increase in the number of computers that are currently available for student use in the Faculty. This need arises partly out of an increase in the number of students, and partly from the increase in the online content of our degrees. This increased need may be addressed by the University Space Review, as more formal and informal learning spaces become available for students. 3.3.3.2 Other Equipment: A small increase in the number of microscopes will be needed (perhaps 10 for each campus). The online resource Virtual Microscopy, using the program SlidePath, replaces the need for actual microscopes, as well as providing opportunities for replacement of face-to-face time. At some point, however, students need to use microscopes, hence the need for a small number of extra microscopes. The Faculty has one videoconferencing system in constant use between Camperdown and Camden. There is a clear need for one more system, to connect teaching spaces at the two campuses; this is currently under review with ICT. As mentioned in section 3.2.4, the scoping project with Sydney e-Learning will provide guidance with the types of on-line learning resources and the learning technology that we will need in the new curriculum. 3.3.4 Availability of Library Resources As per the attached Library Impact Statement, the major issue regarding library services will be the availability of adequate resources (e.g. hard copies of textbooks) to accommodate the increased student load in current units of study offered by the Faculty of Science (e.g. Year1 biology) and those current units that will be co-taught with the BAnVetBioSc students, and ensuring appropriate information literacy programmes are delivered within the programme. Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 37 of 46

39 APPENDIX 1: RESOLUTIONS OF THE SENATE (DEGREES, DIPLOMAS AND CERTIFICATES) Resolutions of the Senate 1. Degrees, diplomas and certificates of the Faculty of Veterinary Science (1) With the exception of the Doctor of Veterinary Science and the Doctor of Philosophy, the Senate, by authority of the University of Sydney Act 1989 (as amended), provides and confers the following degrees, diplomas and certificates, according to the rules specified by the Faculty of Veterinary Science. The Doctor of Veterinary Science and the Doctor of Philosophy are provided and conferred according to the rules specified by Senate and the Academic Board. (2) This list is amended with effect from 1 January, 2013. Degrees, diplomas and certificates no longer open for admission will be conferred by the Senate according to the rules previously specified by the Faculty. 2. Degrees Credit Code Course title & stream Abbreviation points NXXXX Doctor of Veterinary Medicine DVM 192 *may be awarded with honours following a further year of study ^may be awarded with honours in an integrated program 3. Combined degrees Credit Code Course title & stream Abbreviation points LXXXX Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Biology)* and Doctor of BSc(VetBiol)/DVM 288 Veterinary Medicine *may be awarded with honours following a further year of study 4. Graduate diplomas Credit Code Course title & stream Abbreviation points 5. Graduate certificates Credit Code Course title & stream Abbreviation points 6. Undergraduate diplomas Credit Code Course title & stream Abbreviation points Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 38 of 46

40 APPENDIX 3A: UNDERGRADUATE COURSE RESOLUTIONS TEMPLATE Bachelor of Science(Veterinary Biology)/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2010 (the Coursework Rule), the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism. Course resolutions 1 Course codes Code Course title LXXXX Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Biology)/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine LXXXX Bachelor of Science (Veternary Biology)(Honours) NXXXX Doctor of Veterinary Medicine 2 Attendance pattern The attendance pattern for the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Biology) is full time or part time according to candidate choice whereas the attendance pattern for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine is full time only. 3 Masters Type The master's degree in these resolutions is a professional master's course, as defined by the Coursework Policy. 3 Cross faculty management (1)Candidates in this combined degree will be under the general supervision of the Faculty of Science until the end of the second year. After that they will be under the general supervision of the Faculty of Veterinary Science. (2) The Deans of the Faculties of Science and Veterinary Science shall jointly exercise authority in any matter concerned with the combined degree program not otherwise dealt with in these resolutions. 4 Admission to candidature Admission to undergraduate courses at the University of Sydney is competitive on the basis of completion of secondary study via the NSW Higher School Certificate, leading to the award of an Australian Tertiary Admission Ranking (ATAR) or equivalent. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 39 of 46

41 admission pathways are open for educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Details of admission policies are found in the Coursework Rule. 5 Requirements for award The units of study that may be taken for this course are set out in the Table of Units of Study for Bachelor Science (Veterinary Biology)/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. To qualify for the award of both degrees, a candidate must successfully complete 288 credit points, comprising: 144 credit points from the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Biology); and 144 credit points from the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Requirements for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Candidates must complete the requirements for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree as set out in the course resolutions and the Table of Units of Study for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. 6 Progression rules (1)Candidates must complete the requirements for year 1 and year 2 of the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Biology) with a Weighted Average Mark of at least 65 and submit a satisfactory Commitment to Veterinary Science form to be eligible to proceed to year 3 of the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Biology) . (2) Failure to maintain required progression and minimum result requirements will result in candidates being transferred from the combined degree to the Bachelor of Animal & Veterinary Bioscience or general Bachelor of Science with credit for the units of study completed. (3) Candidates must complete the progression requirements for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree as set out in the course resolutions and Table of Units of Study for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. 7 Requirements for the Honours degree (1) Honours in Science (Veterinary Biology) is available to meritorious candidates who complete an additional year of full time study, after the completion of the pass degree. Students must complete the requirements for the honours course full-time over two consecutive semesters. If the Faculty is satisfied that a student is unable to attempt honours course on a full time basis and if the Dean so recommends, permission may be granted to undertake honours part-time over four consecutive semesters. (2) Admission and award requirements for honours in Science (Veterinary Biology) are described in the resolutions of the Faculty of Science. (3) Students who qualify to undertake honours in the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Biology) may elect to enrol in the honours program by suspending candidature from the Bachelor Science (Veterinary Biology)/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine combined program for one year, with the permission of the Faculty. Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 40 of 46

42 8 Award of the degree (1)The Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Biology) is awarded as either Pass or Honours. The honours degree is awarded in classes ranging from First Class to Third Class according to the rules specified in the Resolutions of the Faculty of Science. Candidates for the award of the Honours degree who do not meet the requirements, and who have not already graduated, will be awarded the pass degree. (2) The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine is awarded as a Pass degree only. 9 Course transfer A candidate may abandon the combined program and elect to complete the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Biology) in accordance with the resolutions governing that degree. Completion of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in the future will require a new application for admission to candidature for that course and completion in accordance with the resolutions governing that degree. Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 41 of 46

43 Bachelor of Science(Veterinary Biology) These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2010 (the Coursework Rule), the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism. Course resolutions 1 Course codes Code Course title LXXXX Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Biology) LXXXX Bachelor of Science (Veternary Biology)(Honours) 2 Attendance pattern The attendance pattern for this course is full time or part time according to candidate choice. 3 Cross faculty management (1)Candidates in this degree will be under the general supervision of the Faculty of Science until the end of the second year. After that they will be under the general supervision of the Faculty of Veterinary Science. (2) The Deans of the Faculties of Science and Veterinary Science shall jointly exercise authority in any matter concerned with the degree program not otherwise dealt with in these resolutions. 4 Admission to candidature Admission to undergraduate courses at the University of Sydney is competitive on the basis of completion of secondary study via the NSW Higher School Certificate, leading to the award of an Australian Tertiary Admission Ranking (ATAR) or equivalent. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Details of admission policies are found in the Coursework Rule. 5 Requirements for award The units of study that may be taken for this course are set out in the Table of Units of Study for Bachelor Science (Veterinary Biology). Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 42 of 46

44 To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Biology), a candidate must successfully complete 144 credit points comprising: (a) 120 credit points of core units of study and (b) 24 credit points of elective units of study 6 Progression rules (1)Candidates must complete the requirements for year 1 and year 2 of the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Biology) with a Weighted Average Mark of at least 65 and submit a satisfactory Commitment to Veterinary Science form to be eligible to proceed to year 3 of the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Biology) . (2) Failure to maintain required progression and minimum result requirements will result in candidates being transferred from the combined degree to the Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience or general Bachelor of Science with credit for the units of study completed. 7 Requirements for the Honours degree (1) Honours in Science (Veterinary Biology) is available to meritorious candidates who complete an additional year of full time study, after the completion of the pass degree. Students must complete the requirements for the honours course full-time over two consecutive semesters. If the Faculty is satisfied that a student is unable to attempt honours course on a full time basis and if the Dean so recommends, permission may be granted to undertake honours part-time over four consecutive semesters. (2) Admission and award requirements for honours in Science (Veterinary Biology) are described in the resolutions of the Faculty of Science. (3) Students who qualify to undertake honours in the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Biology) may elect to enrol in the honours program by suspending candidature from the Bachelor Science (Veterinary Biology)/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine combined program for one year, with the permission of the Faculty. 8 Award of the degree (1)The Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Biology) is awarded as either Pass or Honours. The honours degree is awarded in classes ranging from First Class to Third Class according to the rules specified in the Resolutions of the Faculty of Science. Candidates for the award of the Honours degree who do not meet the requirements, and who have not already graduated, will be awarded the pass degree. Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 43 of 46

45 APPENDIX 3B: POSTGRADUATE COURSE RESOLUTIONS TEMPLATE Doctor of Veterinary Medicine These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2010 (the Coursework Rule), the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism. Course resolutions 1 Course codes Code Course title NXXXX Doctor of Veterinary Medicine 2 Attendance pattern The attendance pattern for this course is full time. 3 Masters Type The master's degree in these resolutions is a professional master's course, as defined by the Coursework Policy. 3 Cross faculty management This course is under the supervision of the Faculty of Veterinary Science. 4 Admission to candidature Admission to this degree requires a Bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification, and completion of units of study acceptable to the Faculty in general chemistry (physical and inorganic), organic chemistry, biology and biochemistry. Admission also requires submission of a satisfactory Commitment to Veterinary Science form and English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Details of admission policies are found in the Coursework Rule. 5 Requirements for award Candidates must complete the requirements for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree as set out in the course resolutions and the Table of Units of Study for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 44 of 46

46 To qualify for the Doctor of veterinary Medicine a candidate must complete a prescribed program of 192 credit points and complete practical placements in animal husbandry and veterinary practice to a total of at least 38 weeks. 6 Progression rules Candidates for the degree must satisfactorily pass all units of study in each semester to be able to progress to the next semester. Candidates for the degree may enrol in the units of study prescribed for the final year of candidature only after completion of Year 3. 7 Award of the degree The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine is awarded as a Pass degree only. Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 45 of 46

47 APPENDIX 4: LIBRARY IMPACT STATEMENT See attached. PROPOSED BY: Dr Tony D. Mogg, Associate Dean Learning and Teaching Faculty of Veterinary Science APPROVAL: Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor/Vice-Chancellor Curriculum and Course Planning Committee, SEG, Academic Board New Course Proposal Template (Version 0.7) Page 46 of 46

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