ANIML SC 2507RW - Comparative Animal Anatomy & Physiology IIB

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2023

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 musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular and renal 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 musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular and renal 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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • 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
    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
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Hurdle? Learning Outcome Due
    Practical Assessment Formative
    No 3
    Practical Report Summative 10% No 1, 2, 3
    Quizzes Formative
    No 1, 2
    Integrative Physiology Report/Video Summative 30% No 1, 2, 3
    Theory exam Summative 30% Yes 1, 2 End of Semester
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment Item with hurdle % needed to meet hurdle
    Is additional assessment available if student does not meet hurdle? Details of additional assessment
    Theory Exam 40%


    A supplementary final examination. 

    Attendance at practicals and tutorials is compulsory.
    Students are able to apply for an allowed absence from a class by submitting the application form, with appropriate supporting documentation, to the Course Co-ordinator. Application forms can be downloaded from

    Assessment Detail
    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.

    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.

    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 (MyUni) 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.

    Integrative Physiology Report/Video (30% of the total grade)
    Students will work in small groups on a topic of their own choosing, which integrates two of the 4 organ systems covered during the semester. Students will produce a 3000 word report (15%) on their topic as well as 5-7min narrated video on a key aspect of their research (15%). The Self & Peer Learning & Assessment Tool (SPLAT) is also used by students to assess the contributions of individual members of their team, as well as themselves. This is conducted online, The peer assessment factor (PAF) is applied to their final grade.

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


    Penalty Clauses (e.g. Late assignments)
    Reports which are late, without medical or compassionate grounds, will NOT be marked and a score of 0 will be entered on the mark sheet. Extensions of deadlines may be allowed for reasonable causes. Such situations would include compassionate and medical grounds of the severity that would justify the awarding of a supplementary examination. Evidence for the grounds must be provided when an extension is requested. Extensions of deadlines should be negotiated with the course coordinator before the assignment is due. Extensions will not be provided on the grounds of poor prioritising of time. The assessment extension application form can be obtained from: 

    Hand-in/Pick-up Location and Recording Procedures
    Hard copies of assessment items must be handed into the course collection box at the Reception Desk in the Williams Building, Roseworthy Campus, on or before the due time and date. Electronic copies of assessment items must be handed in via the system noted on the MyUni page. Late items (without an approved application for extension attached) will not be picked and will not be marked. All reports should have a signed cover sheet (available on MyUni and at the Reception Desk) attached to your report.

    Provision of Feedback to Students
    Marked reports will be returned as soon as possible after the due date in the next available practical class. Feedback on assignments will be via annotations on reports. Should students wish to have verbal feedback on assignments an appointment should be made with the course co-ordinator. Any assessment items not collected by the end of the examination period for Semester 1 will be destroyed.

    Late submission of assessments
    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty 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.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    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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