ANIML SC 2506RW - Comparative Animal Anatomy & Physiology IIA

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

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 endocrine, nervous, renal and musculoskeletal 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 2506RW
    Course Comparative Animal Anatomy & Physiology IIA
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 8 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites BIOLOGY 1101/1101ND or BIOLOGY 1401, & BIOLOGY 1202
    Incompatible ANIML SC 3017RW, VET SC 2510RW, VET SC 3510RW
    Assumed Knowledge CHEM 1100 & CHEM 1200 or CHEM 1101 & CHEM 1201
    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 endocrine, nervous, renal and musculoskeletal 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 textbook for this course (underlined) is available for purchase at Unibooks. Alternatively, copies of all books are available at the Roseworthy library:

    "Textbook of Veterinary Physiology" 4th Ed. J Cunningham and B. Klein. (Saunders, Elsevier)
    • "Principles of Human Physiology" 2nd 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.

    • "Textbook of Veterinary Anatomy" 4th Ed. Dyce, KM, Sack, WO and Wensing, CJG. (2010) Philadelphia, Pa.; London: Saunders.
    • "Basic Histology: Text and Atlas" 13th Ed. LC Junqueira and J Carneiro. (Mcgraw Hill)

    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

    This course will be delivered by the following means:

    Face to face contact (average week):
    • Up to 6 hours per day in a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. During the semester there is one full-day practical sessions.

    The course uses a range of resources such as interactive lectures, tutorials and practicals as well as assessment tasks, including in-lecture quizzes and group-based case studies. This aims to ensure a clear understanding of concepts and to encompass the diverse learning styles of the student cohort

    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

    Online resources are available to complement the face-to-face teaching. Informative and interactive pre-labs that are narrated by the lecturers are provided so that students have the opportunity to review them before practical sessions.

    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.

    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

    The course content will include the following:

    Lecture topics:

    • Principles of Anatomy and Physiology
    • Endocrine system
    • Nervous system
    • Musculoskeletal system
    • Renal system

    Practical topics

    • Glucose Homeostasis
    • Endocrine anatomy and histology
    • Neuroanatomy and histology
    • Neurophysiology
    • Musculoskeletal anatomy 
    • Muscle physiology
    • Renal anatomy and histology
    • Renal 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 Type of assessment Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes Hurdle (Yes/No) Objective being assessed
    Practical Report Summative 10% No 1, 2, 3, 4
    Practical Assessment Formative
    No 1, 2, 3
    Quizzes Formative
    No 1, 2
    Case Study Summative 20% No 1, 2, 4
    Theory exam Summative 50% No 1, 2
    Assessment Related Requirements

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

    Practical assessment (10% 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 will occur in the lecture time and 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 (20% 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 10%). Students are also given an oral exam at the end of the presentation based on their topic (worth 10%). 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 (50% 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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  • Policies & Guidelines
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