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Veterinary Structure and Function II (VET271)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal (quota of 105 places)
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This is the second of four integrated units exploring the structure and function of the healthy animal. These four units will incorporate anatomy, physiology, histology and embryology in animals of veterinary interest, providing a foundation for the understanding of disease. This unit will focus on the cardiovascular, lower respiratory, and renal systems, and will include the regulation of water, electrolyte, and acid-base balance. Practical sessions will involve examination of live animals and fresh animal material, microscopy, and computer-aided learning exercises.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students should be able to demonstrate competence in the following general objectives:
1. Classification of cells. To be able to explain the basis of the classification of cells into their basic types and to recognise and illustrate the occurrence of these cell types in the major tissues.
2. Anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory and renal systems. To be able to identify and describe the normal anatomy and explain the normal physiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory and renal systems, provide an overview of the major control mechanisms, and relate this to the function of the body.
3. Histological structure of major tissues. To be able to identify and describe the cellular organisation of selected major tissues in sufficient depth to be able to sketch the histological structure and relate this to structure and function.
4. Structure and function in the normal individual. By applying knowledge of the anatomy and histology of the cardiovascular, respiratory and renal systems and tissues, and emphasising the important physiological principles, to be able to integrate structure and function in the normal individual.
5. Body structure and homeostasis. Focusing on the of the cardiovascular, respiratory and renal systems, be able to communicate and illustrate how the body is structured and regulated to maintain homeostasis through specialisation of discrete organs for specific yet integrated functions.
6. Abnormal physiological processes associated with disease. At an introductory level, be able to identify and explain some of the abnormal physiological processes that are associated with disease.
7. Experimentation and computer-assisted learning. To develop self-directed learning skills by demonstration of interest and competence with experimentation and computer-assisted learning.
8. Biological variability and experimental technique. To provide an appreciation of biological variability and experimental data collection, and how to analyse data collected.
9. Oral and written communication of scientific information. Research and present information both orally and in writing to colleagues at the appropriate level.
10. Team work. To demonstrate an ability to communicate and work effectively as a team member in the preparation and presentation of a group project.
11. Professionalism. To demonstrate professionalism through compliance with College of Veterinary Medicine professionalism policies, in particular the ethical and safe use of animals and animal tissues.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 3 x 1 hour 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 and embryology 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.
Assessment 1. 2-hour final examination - 45% (multiple choice and short answer questions).
2. 1-hour final anatomy practical examination - 10% (Timed rotation through a series of stations to assess practical anatomy and physiology with short answer and multiple choice questions).
3. Physiology group project. PowerPoint presentation poster focusing on the normal and abnormal physiology/anatomy of a clinical problem that occurs in animals - 15%
4. 2 x 50-min intra-semester histology/physiology integrated quizzes - 30% (Short answer responses to projected images, multiple choice questions and short answer questions). Feedback given after each quiz.
Students will also have access to online revision questions - not assessed but feedback given via LMS
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.
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 II'
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.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Fiona Anderson
Lecturer in Physiology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6898
e: F.Anderson@murdoch.edu.au
o: 250.2.034 - Veterinary Biology, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Fiona Anderson
Lecturer in Physiology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6898
e: F.Anderson@murdoch.edu.au
o: 250.2.034 - Veterinary Biology, Murdoch Campus
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