VSC715 Advanced Integration of Theory, Knowledge and Practice (32)

This subject is undertaken over one session. The aims of the subject are to develop expert skills in the integration of theory and new knowledge into the context of professional practice. Through this subject, students develop cognitive skills and the capacity for the advanced application of a body of knowledge and skills integral to evidence-based professional practice and investigation of new knowledge. Specific aims include (1) advanced training and development of expert cognitive and technical skills and substantial knowledge in the context of professional practice, (2) systematic investigation and critical reflection and integration of the theory of current and new knowledge in the context of professional practice, (3) development of communication skills to explain, conceptualise and critique theoretical propositions, knowledge advancement and application and conclusions and (4) develop research methodologies to advance knowledge in the context of professional practice.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VSC715. 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

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

Assumed Knowledge

Eligible for registration as a veterinarian in Australia.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate written and verbal communication skills to explain the critical appraisal and integration of theory and knowledge in professional contexts;
  • be able to reflect critically on theory and knowledge in the context of professional practice and the integration of current and new knowledge and evaluate common practices in the clinical field;
  • be able to demonstrate expert cognitive skills and use of intellectual independence to think critically, evaluate existing knowledge and ideas, undertake systematic investigation and reflect on theory and professional practice; and
  • be able to demonstrate expert technical, cognitive and creative skills applicable to the field of learning and research.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The candidate will select the related discipline(s) and location(s) for professional placement(s) for this subject, under the guidance of the principal supervisor.
  • The candidate will identify the goals and learning objectives of the professional placement, under the guidance of the principal supervisor
  • The candidate will undertake scholarly preparation for the placement, including evaluation of existing knowledge and theory surrounding the identified learning objectives.
  • During the subject the candidates:
  • - undertake placement in one or more enterprise(s) which is/are relevant to the selected discipline
  • - Write a case report and accompanying literature review with critical reflection and demonstration of incorporation of new knowledge into the field
  • - Deliver a seminar which demonstrates integration of theory, new and existing knowledge and research evidence into the selected discipline and critical reflection
  • - commence/continue planning and/or data collection and/or analysis for one or more components of the research project

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 40 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

The Workplace learning (WPL) may be undertaken on and/or off campus at one or more veterinary enterprises, which is relevant to the selected discipline of the student to allow advanced professional practice training and achievement of the learning objectives of the subject. The duration of the WPL is variable, depending on the discipline and negotiated between the candidate and supervisor: the maximum duration of WPL will be 40 days (i.e. a maximum of 50% of the allocated time for the 32 point subject of 560-640 hrs: the subject workload hours aligns with the CSU Subject Outlines policy of 140-160 hrs/8 pts). The WPL is designed for candidates to develop advanced cognitive and technical skills in the integration of a substantial body of theory and knowledge into the context of professional practice and development of expert communication skills for dissemination of new insights to the profession. The WPL will underpin student development of, and capacity for, systematic and critical understanding of complex fields of learning for the advancement of research-led and evidence-based 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.