Assesment in Phase 3

As Phase 3 is the final phase of your undergraduate course, it is important that you are very conscious of the level of performance that you should expect of yourself, and the attributes required of a CSU graduate and member of the veterinary profession. This document has been prepared to help you review the assessment tasks that you will complete during Phase 3. Aims and objectives of Phase 3 are given. Each objective is linked to a list of specific assessment tasks which we have incorporated as evidence that you have successfully demonstrated your ability to meet each objective. Where appropriate, this may include self-assessment and reflective activities. Each assessment task listed is further linked to specific information on that task and, where possible, to marked examples which illustrate the standard to which other students have performed the task, and how such performance was scored.Remember that our 'end goal' for you as graduates at CSU is articulated in the CSU Veterinary Graduate Attributes, and expectations of veterinary graduates in Australia and the UK are articulated in the AVBC 'Essential Competences Required of the Veterinary Surgeon' and the RCVS 'Essential Competences Required of the New Veterinary Graduate', respectively. Copies of these documents have been included as Appendices in your Phase 3 Handbook.A note on assessment, and the importance of self-assessment: As indicated above, the veterinary profession, and the wider community, has high expectations of what you will be able to do upon graduation. As a member of the veterinary profession you enjoy privileges and responsibilities within our society and under law.

It is an absolute requirement that, in conferring your veterinary degree, Charles Sturt University is able to demonstrate that you are suitably equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to exercise your role(s) as veterinarian diligently and in the community's best interest. This is why we work so hard to 'validate' the standard of professional competence that you have achieved on graduation.

However, this should not undermine the importance of self-assessment. In order to continue your professional development after graduation, you will be required to continually evaluate your own performance within the workplace, and to seek continued education and self-improvement. This ongoing process of self-reflection and self-assessment is often neglected when students perceive assessment as something that staff do 'to' them, rather than as a shared process in which both the informed professional opinion of staff (typically honed over years of professional experience as educators and/or practitioners) and your own views on your performance should be considered.

Where there is a discrepancy, this should first be cause for further self-evaluation, but we would encourage you to consider the development of your skills in the process of self-assessment a key competence expected of a veterinarian - it is articulated as such in CSU's Veterinary Graduate Attributes and in Phase 3 Objectives. Of course there are many spheres of professional activity - such as your commitment to the legal and ethical obligations of the profession, your ability to develop strong professional relationships with clients, colleagues and the wider community, your commitment to continuing professional development - which staff and other observers are, eventually, able to assess by your actions. You should cultivate particular skills in self-assessment in such areas (which typically relate to the 'affective domain' ' ie. your motivation and attitude to learning, and to ethical conduct), as they are particularly important to your standing within the profession, and likely contribute to the personal satisfaction you will derive from your career. Do not be too harsh on yourself (value what you do well, especially the small 'victories'), but do not allow yourself to become careless about the standards you uphold.

During Phase 3 you will have increased opportunity to work alone or 'outside' the immediate scrutiny of CSU staff. This is part of a process of 'weaning' you from staff support to the independence you will require after graduation. Make the most of these opportunities to reflect on how you are going against the Aims and Objectives below, and against the expectations you have for yourself. Use clinical supervisors, CSU staff, and your peers, as 'sounding boards' to test your self-awareness and in other ways to assist you in this process, but learn to value and trust your own opinion.