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Veterinary Structure and Function III (VET273)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal (quota of 105 places)
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This is the third 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 cover the endocrine and reproductive systems, embryology, including the major tissue lineages (blood, connective tissue, muscle, nervous tissues, epithelia, integument), immunology, growth and development. Practical sessions will involve microscopy workshops and examination of live animals and fresh animal material.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Anatomy and physiology of the male and female reproductive systems and mammary glands. To be able to identify and describe the normal anatomy, histology and physiology of the male and female reproductive systems, placenta and mammary glands, and explain the roles and interactions of the hormones that regulate their function
2. Normal growth and development. Be able to explain the principles of reproduction, growth and development of domestic species from conception to maturity, including the fetal and maternal cascade that initiates the onset of parturition
3. Abnormal growth and development. Be able to describe the common congenital malformations that result from abnormal growth and development
4. Anatomy and histology of integument and glands. Be able to identify and describe the anatomy and histology of the integument and main endocrine glands within the body, and describe the development of the haemopoietic and immune systems.
5. Hormonal regulation of body systems and homeostasis. For each of the following, be able to list the main hormones released, explain how their release is regulated, list the main target organs, explain the mechanism of hormonal action at the target organs, and how this affects overall homeostasis of the body: pituitary gland, thyroid glands, parathyroid glands, adrenal glands and pineal gland.
6. Oral and written communication of scientific information. Research and present information both orally and in writing to colleagues at the appropriate level.
7. Teamwork. To demonstrate an ability to communicate and work effectively as a team member in laboratories, as well as in the preparation and presentation of a group project.
8. 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 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. Embryology group project. Production of a poster explaining the embryologic origin and clinical presentation of a developmental abnormality that occurs in animals - 15%
3. 2 x 50-min intra-semester integrated quizzes - 40% (Timed projected images, with short answer and multiple choice questions). Feedback given after each quiz.
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 Physiology 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.


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