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Veterinary Structure and Function I (VET260)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal (quota of 105 places)
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This is the first of four integrated units exploring the structure and function of the healthy animal body. These four units will incorporate anatomy, physiology, histology and embryology in animals of veterinary interest, providing a foundation for the understanding of dysfunction and disease. This unit will focus on the musculoskeletal system, and on the neural control pathways of locomotion and peripheral sensation. Practical sessions will involve detailed topographic dissections, the examination of live animals and computer-aided learning exercises.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal, nervous, and peripheral cardiovascular systems. To be able to identify and describe the normal anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, provide an overview of the major control mechanisms, and relate this to the function of the body.
2. Abnormal processes associated with disease or dysfunction. At an introductory level, be able to identify and describe some of the abnormal physiological processes or anatomical changes that are associated with disease or dysfunction of these body systems.
3. Structure and function in the normal individual. By applying your knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of these body systems, and emphasising the important physiological and anatomical principles, to be able to integrate structure and function in the normal individual.
4. Biological variability. To develop an appreciation of biological variability, including variation across lifecycle stages and growth, and normal variation between different individuals, breeds and species (comparative anatomy/physiology), and to relate this to function.
5. Experimentation and computer-assisted learning. Develop self-directed learning skills by demonstration of interest and competence with experimentation and computer-assisted learning.
6. Lifelong learning. Be able to source and critically analyse information from appropriate sources.
7. Dissection skills. Develop basic manipulative skills for correctly and safely dissecting tissues using instruments (presurgical skills).
8. Oral and written communication of scientific information. Present information both orally and in writing to colleagues and lay individuals at the appropriate level, including nomenclature distinct to anatomy and physiology.
9. Teamwork. To demonstrate an ability to communicate and work effectively as a team member in laboratories.
10. Professionalism & Ethics. To demonstrate professionalism through compliance with College of Veterinary Medicine professionalism policies, and ethical and safe use of animals and animal tissues.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 3 x 1 hours per week; laboratory sessions: 1 x 3 hours per week; revision (clinic) sessions: 1 hour per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit will involve structured timetabled learning in lectures and laboratory sessions. Histology will be integrated within anatomy/physiology lectures, supported by microscopy sessions incorporated into practicals. Extensive use will be made of online supporting materials that will include self-directed histology instruction modules, diagnostic imaging materials, prelaboratory presentations and dissection guides. There will also be targeted use of clinical case-based examples to illustrate clinical application and to highlight key learning areas.
Other Learning Experiences Private study in the Murdoch University, Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy Museum is strongly recommended.
Assessment 1. 2-hour final theory examination - 45% (multiple choice, short answer, long answer questions).
2. 1-hour final practical examination - 20% (timed-station, short answer questions)
3. 2 x 50-min intra-semester integrated quizzes - 30% (Short answer responses to projected images, multiple choice questions, short answer questions).
4. Anatomy Practical Book - 5% (Personal learning journal; flexible format, hard-copy or digital accepted).
Prerequisites Enrolment in BSc (Veterinary Biology)/DVM (B1330); successful completion of all BSc (Veterinary Biology)/DVM Part I units, or accepted equivalents.
Students enrolled in the BSc Animal Science/Animal Health major are eligible to enrol, subject to quota restrictions, a strong academic record in the relevant Part I units, and approval of both the Unit Coordinator and the Animal Science/Animal Health Academic Chair and the Veterinary Biology Academic Chair.
Quota This unit is subject to quota. Quota is due to limited laboratory/histology facilities. Preference is given to students enrolled in the BSc (Veterinary Biology)/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
Previously 2014: 'Veterinary Anatomy I'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Veterinary Science (BSc)+(DVM) [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.


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