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VMC (Veterinary Medicine - CASS)
914
032021
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Group Communication in Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Group Communication
College of Veterinary Medicine
Teaching - DoCS Department (19VMC)
Term Offering
Fall Only
Offered Every Year
Fall 2015
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Letter Grade Only
1
13
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Laboratory2.0
Course Attribute(s)


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University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
April A. Kedrowicz
Assistant Professor
Assoc

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Laboratory100100NoNA
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
No
This course explores how to effectively communicate in small groups in a professional veterinary context. Students will develop verbal and nonverbal communication skills, an understanding of task/process balance, meeting management and facilitation techniques, and communication styles and strategies for dealing with challenging group situations and conflict management. Examples and cases from veterinary medicine will guide application of group communication in context. Course limited to students enrolled in the DVM curriculum.

Changed from S/U to letter grading in order to be consistent with other courses in the DVM program and provide more nuanced feedback to students on their performance.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
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Dr. Kedrowicz will be teaching this as part of her regular course load and will rely on the support of her Research and Instructional Support Specialist. No additional resources are required for this course.

The ability to collaborate with others will be paramount to your professional success as a veterinarian. The focus of this course is exploring how to effectively communicate in small groups in a professional veterinary context. We will examine aspects of group process and communication related to relationship development, teamwork, leadership, and conflict resolution. Students will develop verbal and nonverbal communication skills, an understanding of group task/process balance, meeting management and facilitation techniques, and communication styles and strategies for dealing with challenging group situations and conflict management. Examples and cases from veterinary medicine will foster discussion and application of group communication in context.


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course students will have a better understanding of how to communicate in the small group setting in a veterinary environment. In particular, at the end of this course they will be able to demonstrate the ability to do the following:


1. Communicate effectively in a group.


2. Conduct an effective meeting.


3. Provide feedback to peers.


4. Reflect on their communication.


5. Demonstrate conflict management strategies.


6. Apply principles of group structure and process to case analysis and group experiences.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Written Assignment30%Students will complete three personal reflection essays.
Other10%Students will develop a team contract.
Other20%Students will complete a meeting management assignment and submit an agenda, minutes, transcript of the meeting, and team meeting evaluation form.
Project25%Students will complete a final case analysis project.
Discussion15%Students will complete experiential activities.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Groups and teamwork in veterinary medicine1 classEnvisioning the ideal problem solving team (Personal Reflection 1
Verbal and nonverbal communication Listening Reflection1 classTeam warm-up
New team questionnaire
Personal histories exercise
Group structure Task/Process balance 1 classValues identification
Strengths analysis
Working agreement
Group cohesiveness Group communication climate1 classCase analysis
Meeting management1 classLowlights/highlights
Build definition of successful meeting
Meeting agenda, observation, reaction, evaluation, and recommendations
Culture and diversity1 classPersonal Reflection 2
Case analysis
Feedback2 classesTeam checkup
Decision making and problem solving1 classBrainstorming and Nominal Group Activity
Leadership1 classCase analysis
Conflict resolution2 classesStyles inventory
Role Play
Process reflection, feedback, and assessment1 classGroup process evaluation
Personal Reflection 3
ABGS noted that the proposed effective date was Fall 2014. This error was corrected by the Graduate School.
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