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Veterinary Structure and Function IV (VET274)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal (quota of 105 places)
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This is the fourth of four integrated units exploring the structure and function of the healthy animal body. The units will incorporate anatomy, physiology, histology and embryology in domestic animals, providing a foundation for the understanding of dysfunction and disease. This unit will focus on an integrated study of the head, including the upper respiratory tract, and on the gastrointestinal tract. Practicals will involve dissections, examination of live animals and fresh animal material, microscopy workshops, and computer-aided learning exercises.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit you should be able to demonstrate competence in the following general objectives:
1. Anatomy and physiology of the head (upper respiratory system, brain and special senses) and gastrointestinal system. To be able to identify and describe the normal anatomy and physiology of these components, 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. To 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, to support independent learning.
7. Dissection skills. To develop basic manipulative skills for correctly and safely dissecting tissues using instruments (presurgical skills).
8. Oral and written communication of scientific information. Research and 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 hour per week; laboratory sessions: 1 x 3 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences Learning in this unit will involve structured timetabled learning in anatomy lectures and laboratory classes and physiology lectures. The focus will be on the head, brain, cranial nerves, upper respiratory tract, and upper and lower gastrointestinal tract, including the ruminant forestomach. The anatomy and physiology content will be integrated, and some anatomy content will be complemented by histology practical sessions in VET273, which will be run in parallel VET274. Use will be made of online supporting materials that will include diagnostic imaging materials, prelaboratory presentations and dissection guides. There will also be targeted use of clinical case-based examples to illustrate clinical applications and to highlight key learning areas, particularly neurological dysfunction. Students will also have access to online revision quizzes via the LMS.
Assessment 2-hour final examination - 50% (multiple choice and short answer questions).
1-hour final practical examination - 20% (station-type examination with short answer responses required at each station).
Both examinations require a pass to pass the unit.
Individual physiologic appraisal project - 15 %. Each student required to produce 2000-word in-depth appraisal of 2 key physiological mechanisms taken from a clinical case report in the veterinary literature.
1 x 50-min intra-semester integrated quiz - 15% (Short answer responses to projected images, multiple choice questions and short answer questions). Feedback given after the 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 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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