VSC712 Doctorate Research Plan (16)

The subject provides students with training in research methods and study design. Through professional workplace exposures and discussion with the supervisory team, students identify gaps in the existing knowledge and formulate research questions and hypotheses for the clinical research project of the Doctor of Veterinary Studies and will develop a proposal and planning for the project. The students will undertake a critical analysis of (1) theoretical knowledge, existing knowledge and professional practice in the field of investigation, (2) the identified research questions and (3) available research methods and prepare a literature review. Students will provide a presentation of the research proposal and plan. Candidates obtain all the necessary approvals for the project.


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 Masters research plan

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge at the frontier of a field of work relevant to the identified research question;
  • be able to identify and communicate research questions to develop new knowledge for professional practice;
  • be able to design, critique and communicate appropriate research plans for clinical research to provide original contributions to knowledge in the context of professional practice; and
  • be able to demonstrate advanced cognitive skills and expert understanding of theoretical and current knowledge and critical reflection on that knowledge and professional practice.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Students will critically appraise a substantial body of theoretical and current knowledge and identify gaps in the existing knowledge in a field of investigation/professional practice in the chosen veterinary science discipline
  • Students select a research topic and questions and develop a plan for the doctorate research project, under the guidance of the supervisors, to make a significant contribution to original knowledge in the chosen discipline and research-led professional practice
  • Students prepare a literature review relevant to the body of knowledge and the chosen research project
  • Students will deliver a seminar to explain, critique and communicate theoretical propositions, current body of knowledge, research questions, study design and methodologies for the research project

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 10 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Workplace Learning (WPL) will be undertaken on and/or off campus at a veterinary enterprise which is relevant to the selected discipline and research project. The duration of the WPL is limited and variable over one session, negotiated between the student and supervisor(s), for a maximum of 10 days, depending on the discipline. The purpose of the WPL is for planning of the research project to provide the student with professional exposures to identify areas for development of new knowledge and opportunities to make significant contributions to original knowledge in the chosen discipline. For research-led integration of knowledge in professional contexts, integral to the Doctoral Degree (Professional) qualification, exposure to professional workplaces is required for the training of students in the DVStud, given the inter-related nature of professional activity and clinical research (professional:research nexus). The WPL allows students to develop cognitive skills and academic independence to think critically, evaluate existing and theoretical knowledge and design, plan, implement, theorise, analyse and communicate a research project for the advancement of professional practice.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.