ANIML SC 2507RW - Comparative Animal Anatomy & Physiology IIB

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

The course deals with basic physiological and anatomical principles in a wide variety of species. Beginning at the tissue level, the physiology and anatomy of the major systems including respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive and hepatic are covered. The course then takes an integrative approach allowing students to examine the breadth of these systems including disease mechanisms and sensory and cognitive functions of the whole animal.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ANIML SC 2507RW
    Course Comparative Animal Anatomy & Physiology IIB
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites ANIML SC 2506RW
    Course Description The course deals with basic physiological and anatomical principles in a wide variety of species. Beginning at the tissue level, the physiology and anatomy of the major systems including respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive and hepatic are covered. The course then takes an integrative approach allowing students to examine the breadth of these systems including disease mechanisms and sensory and cognitive functions of the whole animal.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Rebecca Forder

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Describe the anatomy & physiology of the major systems of the body within the framework of the underlying principle of homeostasis
    2 Describe and identify the variations in form and function between certain animal species
    3 Demonstrate skills in animal handling and experimentation
    4 Demonstrate skills in literature analysis, scientific report writing and group study
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There is no required text book for this course. Sources used for all learning activities will be referenced and students are encouraged to not only rely on the notes given to them, but also to read more widely using these references as a starting point.
    Recommended Resources
    The following textbooks will be useful to you. The recommended textbooks for this course are available for purchase at The Co-op at the University of Adelaide. Alternatively, copies of all books are available at the Roseworthy library:

    "Introduction to Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology Textbook" 3rd Ed. V. Aspinall and M. Cappello (Elsevier)

    "Principles of Human Physiology" 3rd Ed. WG Germann and CL Stanfield (Pearson Benjamin Cummings)

    Obviously this text is human-oriented, but the principles apply to all animals. This text is particularly valuable because it includes a CDROM of interactive educational tools.

    "Basic Histology: Text and Atlas" 13th Ed. LC Junqueira and J Carneiro. (Mcgraw Hill)

    Other text that may be useful for your study:

    "Textbook of Veterinary Physiology" 4th Ed. J Cunningham and B. Klein. (Saunders, Elsevier)

    "Textbook of Veterinary Anatomy" 4th Ed. Dyce, KM, Sack, WO and Wensing, CJG. (2010) Philadelphia, Pa.; London: Saunders.

    Students should consult their Roseworthy Student Handbook (available at for information on the facilities available to them including the Roseworthy Campus Library Student Computing Suites;
    IT support and wireless access.
    Online Learning
    MyUni: Teaching materials (including online pre-labs) and course documentation will be posted on the MyUni website (
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Face to face contact (average week): Up to 7 hours per day with a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions.

    Outside of face-to-face contact: 
    • Students are expected to be prepared for practical classes and tutorials so that they are able to participate fully
    • Students will be expected to revise course material continuously over the semester in preparation for the end of semester final examination.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g.,
    lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
    Learning Activities Summary
    Online alternatives are available for students not able to attend face to face practicals.

    Lecture topics:

    • Musculoskeletal system
    • Respiratory system
    • Cardiovascular system
    • Urinary (Renal) System
    • Integrative Physiology
    Practical topics

    • Musculosketal Anatomy and Histology
    • Haematology
    • Cardiovascular Physiology
    • Cardiorespiratory anatomy & histology
    • Respiratory Physiology
    • Horse exercise physiology
    • Renal Anatomy and Histology
    • Renal Physiology
    • Integrative Physiology
    Specific Course Requirements
    Practical classes within laboratories require a minimum of sneakers and the wearing of a laboratory gown (that will be supplied). You will also need to display your student ID in the holder provided. Students must wear any required safety or protective clothing as directed.

    Any practicals that involve animal handling will require appropriate footwear and coveralls. It is likely that at some stage your clothes will be exposed to animal fluids and dirt.

    Ethical objection to animal dissection and experimentation will be taken seriously. Such concerns will be solicited during the first week of class. Students who do not wish to be involved in animal dissection or experimentation will not be disadvantaged or discriminated against in any way. Alternative modes of learning will be supplied to these students.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching.
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Hurdle Learning Outcome
    Practical Report Summative 10% No 1, 2, 3
    Practical Assessment Formative
    No 3
    Quizzes Formative
    No 1, 2
    Case Study Summative 30% No 1, 2, 3
    Theory exam Summative End of Semester 30% No 1, 2
    Assessment Related Requirements

    Assessment Detail
    Practical Report (10% of total grade). 
    Students will prepare a small practical report based on the haematology practical. Class data will be collected and collated for the report.

    Practical assessment (20% of the total grade)
    Students submit answers to questions at the end of each practical session and are provided with formative feedback on the answers in addition to receiving grades.

    Quizzes (10% of the total grade)
    Students will complete a total of 4 quizzes worth 2.5% each over the course of semester. The quizzes are taken online (CANVAS) and will be based on a particular topic recently completed in lectures. Students will be able to assess their understanding of the lecture material through their performance in the quizzes over the semester.

    Case Study (30% of the total grade)
    Students will work in small groups to undertake a case study on a topic selected from a list provided at the beginning of semester. Students will give a group 10 minute oral presentation to their peers and academic staff (worth 15%). Students are also given an oral exam at the end of the presentation based on their topic (worth 15%) - each student in the group is asked a question which must be answered individually to show their overall level of understanding of the topic.

    Theory exam (30% of the total grade)
    Students will complete a 3 hour final exam.


    Late Submission
    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A mark of zero will be allocated to late submitted assessment.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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