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Animal Structure and Function (ANS221)

Organisational Unit Agricultural Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit integrates the anatomy and physiology of farm animals, in particular cattle, sheep, pigs and horses. It covers the major organ systems; emphasising the functional anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal, digestive, and reproductive systems. The nervous and endocrine control of body functions will be examined. Practical exercises will utilise prepared anatomical specimens and fresh material to complement dissections of areas of interest in domestic stock.
Unit Learning Outcomes This unit will be taught in a combination of lectures and practical exercises and will develop the student's knowledge of the interaction between the physiology of farm animals and their underlying anatomy. Students will gain an understanding of the major organ systems; emphasising the functional anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal, digestive, and reproductive systems. On successful completion of the unit students should be able to demonstrate competence in the following general objectives:
1. Animal structure and function. To understand and be able to explain how the mammalian body, in the context of this unit, is 'put together' to create a functional whole. To become conversant with the 'language' of physiology and anatomy, and be able to correctly use this terminology to indicate form, position and movement as well as function. To appreciate how anatomical form dictates function from an 'engineering' perspective, and vice versa. To be able to dissect, identify and describe, where appropriate, the principle structures of the mammalian body and to a lesser extent the avian body.
2. Computer-assisted learning. To develop self-directed learning skills by demonstration of interest and competence with experimentation and computer-assisted learning.
3. Oral and written communication of scientific information. Research and present information both orally and in writing to colleagues at the appropriate level.
4. Professionalism. To demonstrate professionalism through compliance with Murdoch University professionalism policies, in particular the ethical and safe use of animals and animal tissues.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 3 hours per week; practicals/workshops; up to 3 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is to provide a theoretical knowledge base closely linked into a practical framework. Aspects, body systems in particular, have been chosen for study to emphasise the important roles that these play either in the normal husbandry of the particular species in question or have a significant role in the production of animal commodities such as meat and wool.
The approach to learning in this unit is structured timetabled learning in lectures and practicals to develop knowledge in the theory and practice of farm animal physiology and anatomy. During the 9 specimen based practical sessions there are ongoing questions and answers as well specimen directed discussions. There are another 3 practical sessions where students can discuss their answers to questions from the specimen based practical sessions and keep their practical books up-to-date. Most feedback is by demonstrators and academic staff. There is a significant LMS support for this unit including lecture material, past examination papers, mock practical exams with answers, and an online virtual museum of anatomical specimens held in the Veterinary Anatomy Museum.
Assessment Theory component. This consists an intra-semester quizzes 15% and a final 45% examination. Practical component. This consists of a mandatory practical work book 10% linked to a specimen based final examination worth 30%.
Feedback. During the 9 specimen based practical sessions there are ongoing questions and answers as well specimen directed discussions. There are another 3 practical sessions where students can discuss their answers to questions from the specimen based practical sessions and keep their practical books up-to-date. Most feedback is by demonstrators and academic staff.
There is a significant LMS support for this unit including lecture material, past examination papers, mock practical exams with answers, and an online virtual museum of anatomical specimens held in the Veterinary Anatomy Museum.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Animal Science major or Animal Health major; BMS107 Foundations of Vertebrate Form and Function and BIO152 Cell Biology/ Foundations of Cell Biology Biology
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Animal Health (BSc) [New in 2015]
Animal Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Contacts

Unit Coordinator
ANS221
Dr Khama Kelman
Lecturer in Veterinary Anatomy

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2177
e: k.kelman@murdoch.edu.au
o: 250.1.008 - Veterinary Biology, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts
ANS221

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Khama Kelman
Lecturer in Veterinary Anatomy

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2177
e: k.kelman@murdoch.edu.au
o: 250.1.008 - Veterinary Biology, Murdoch Campus
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