VET SC 3520ARW - Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology III Part 1
Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code VET SC 3520ARW Course Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology III Part 1 Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s Roseworthy Campus Contact Up to 14 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites VET SC 2510ARW and VET SC 2510BRW Restrictions Available to BSc (Veterinary Bioscience) students only Course Description The course will introduce anatomical and physiological terminology and principles using a body systems approach in a comparative context, with an emphasis on domestic species. Body systems covered are the endocrine, urinary, reproductive, nervous and sensory systems. In anatomy practical classes students will develop skills in dissection and learn to appreciate variation in structure due to species, age and sex. Students will also study the embryology and histology of body systems and use microscopy and digital resources in some practicals. In physiology practical classes students will study physiological mechanisms and principles using a blending of live animal, isolated animal tissue, human measurements and computer simulations.
Course Coordinator: Dr Todd McWhorter
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Describe the anatomy and physiological processes of domestic species using proper terminology. 2 Describe the gross anatomical and histological structures of the body systems covered in vertebrates with an emphasis on domestic species. 3 Describe normal physiological functions of vertebrates with an emphasis on domestic species. 4 Demonstrate practical dissection skills. 5 Collect, analyse and interpret data on normal physiological processes. 6 Apply theoretical knowledge of anatomy and physiology to research projects. 7 Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work within a team. 8 Apply the scientific method and critical thinking as it relates to body system structure and function
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.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
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.
5, 6, 8
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.
4, 5, 8
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.
1. Dyce, K.M., Sack, W.O. and Wensing, C.J.G. 2010. Textbook of Veterinary Anatomy. 4th Edition. Saunders (Elsevier).
2. Evans, H.E. & De Lahunta, A. 2010. Guide to the Dissection of the Dog. 7th Edition. Saunders (Elsevier).
3. Sjaastad, Sand & Hove. 2010. Physiology of Domestic Animals, 2nd edition. Oslo: Scandinavian Veterinary Press, 804 pp. ISBN: 978-82-91743-97-3.
1. Dissection Kits: Unibooks has Veterinary Dissection Kits for sale. These are required for all dissection based practicals.
2. Stethoscopes: There will be some practicals where stethoscopes will be needed. If you own a stethoscope please bring it, the School has a limited number to share.
3. Coveralls for all livestock handling.
4. Wellington boots or farm boots for all laboratory practicals.
Cunningham, J.G. and Klein, B.G. 2007. Textbook of Veterinary Physiology, 4th Edition. Saunders (Elsevier).
Done, S.H, Goody, P.C, Evans, S.A & Stickland, N.C. 2009. Color Atlas of Veterinary Anatomy: The Dog and Cat. Vol 3. 2nd Edition. Mosby/Elsevier.
Young, B., Lowe, J.S., Stevens, A. And Heath, J.W. 2014. Wheater's Functional Histology. 6th Edition. Elsevier Publ. Available online via the university library.
Online LearningIt is important that all students maintain active communication channels throughout the year. The primary communication channels to students in this course are as follows:
MyUni: Students should regularly login to the MyUni website (http://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/) for important course-related announcements. Teaching materials and course documentation will also be posted on this site.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesSemester 1: This course will be delivered as 4 hours lecture, 8 hours practical per week, split over 2 to 3 teaching days. Students will be given dedicated scheduled project work time through 2 x 1hr tutorials per week.
Semester 2: The course will be delivered as 3 hours lecture, 3 hours practical per week, split over 2 to 3 teaching days. Students will be given dedicated project work time through 1 x 1hr tutorial perweek.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The workload in this course differs between semesters.
A student enrolled in a 6 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 24 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).
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 SummaryLecture topics cover the following areas, including both anatomical and physiological aspects:
Practical classes follow the lecture topics and are a combination of anatomical and physiological-based practicals, depending on the area being covered at the time.
Specific Course RequirementsPracticals and tutorials are compulsory.
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- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting HURDLE Learning Outcome
Formative & Summative
Test 1 - week 6
Test 2 - week 12
Test 3 - week 12
(10% each test)
1, 2, 3, 5, 8
Formative & Summative
End of semester 1, weeks 4-12 of semester 2.
1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8
June & Nov examination periods
1, 2, 3, 5, 8
Assessment Related RequirementsHURDLE REQUIREMENTS
Assessment Item Requirement for hurdle Is additional assessment available if student
does not meet hurdle requirement?
Details of additional assessment, if known Theory
Accumulative 50% minimum Yes Additional assessment
Assessment DetailPractical tests (Total of 30%): 3 practical tests will occur over the year, during standard practical times.
Practicals tests are also formative assessment items as students receive feedback on their current level of knowledge and receive an indication of areas where they need to improve.
Major project (Total of 15%): Students will complete a major project throughout the year, which is presented in the later part of 2nd semester. Tutorial slots will be used throughout the course for project work development and opportunities exist for students to gain feedback throughout the course.
Theory exams (Total of 55%): Students sit two 2hr theory exams in the official June (30% total weighting) and one 2hr theory exam in the November (25% total weighting) examination periods. The November exam will cover all material but is weighted towards untested material. The exams will consist of a variety of questions, including MCQs, short answer and essay/long answer.
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.
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NOG (No Grade Associated) Grade Description CN Continuing
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