VSC712 Doctorate Research Plan (16)

The subject provides candidates with training in research methods and experimental design. Candidates select a clinical research question for the clinical research project of the Doctor of Veterinary Studies and will develop a proposal and plan for the project. A literature review and critical analysis of the research question and methods available is undertaken prior to presentation of the research proposal and plan. Candidates obtain all the necessary approvals for the project.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 3 (90)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VSC712. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is restricted to students enrolled in the Doctor of Veterinary Studies

Assumed Knowledge

Eligible for registration as a veterinarian in Australia

Subject Relationships

VSC612 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to:
  • demonstrate knowledge and skills relevant to conducting clinical research
  • demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge in the area of identified research question
  • identify a research question or problem in the profession
  • develop an appropriate research plan for clinical research
  • clearly explain the development of a research plan for an identified clinical research question


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Students select a research topic and question and develop a plan for a research project, under the guidance of the supervisor(s), which is relevant to the nominated discipline. Students are required to submit at least one progress report to the supervisor(s) during the program and deliver one seminar on their research project to an audience. The progress report will allow the identification of areas of difficulty which may lead to reduced progress throughout the subject enabling revision of the project and plan where appropriate in consultation with the supervisor(s). Assessment items are a literature review relevant to the research project and delivery of a presentation of the research project.

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 50 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Will be undertaken in an on-campus enterprise which is relevant to the selected discipline and research project. The duration of the Workplace Learning is variable over one session, negotiated between the candidate and supervisor(s)


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.