VET TECH 1020RW - Anatomy for Veterinary Technologists I

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

This course will introduce the anatomy of domestic animal species with a body systems approach. The body systems covered will include basic tissues and skin, musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, gastrointestinal, reproductive, urinary and nervous. The anatomy of organs in these systems will be described at the macroscopic and microscopic level, and practicals will include dissection and histology. Tutorials will be used to reinforce student learning and critical skills.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VET TECH 1020RW
    Course Anatomy for Veterinary Technologists I
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Restrictions Bachelor of Veterinary Technology students
    Course Description This course will introduce the anatomy of domestic animal species with a body systems approach. The body systems covered will include basic tissues and skin, musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, gastrointestinal, reproductive, urinary and nervous. The anatomy of organs in these systems will be described at the macroscopic and microscopic level, and practicals will include dissection and histology. Tutorials will be used to reinforce student learning and critical skills.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Natasha Speight

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students should be able to:
    1 Describe the anatomy of domestic animal species using proper terminology.
    2 Describe the gross anatomical and histological structures of the body systems of domestic animal species.
    3 Demonstrate practical dissection skills.
    4 Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work within a team.
    5 Apply problem solving and critical thinking as it relates to body system structure.
    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, 5

    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.

    3, 5

    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.

    3, 4

    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.

    3, 4

    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 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital 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.

    3, 4
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures in this course present the required knowledge and underpin the activities in the practical classes and tutorials, hence it is of key importance to keep up to date with lecture material, pre-prepare practical handouts, and submit tutorial assignments on time.

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

    Structure learning activities for this course inlcude three 1-hour lectures per week, one 3-hour practical per week, and one 1-hour tutorial every 2-3 weeks. This allows students 6 hours self-directed study time for this course per week.
    Learning Activities Summary
    This course will be delivered as 3 hours of lecture and 1 x 3 hour practical per week. Throughout the semester, 5 x 1 hour tutorials will be held.

    Specific Course Requirements
    Practicals and tutorials are compulsory.

  • 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
    Yes or No
    Course Learning Outcome Due
    Tutorial worksheets x5 Summative 6% each

    Total 30%
    No 1, 2, 4 Weeks 2, 5, 8, 10, 12
    Mid-semester practical test Summative 10% No 1, 2, 3 Week 7
    End of semester practical test Summative 15% No 1, 2, 3 Exam period
    Theory exam Summative 45% No 1, 2, 5 Exam period
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment Item with compulsory component % needed to meet compulsory component Is additional assessment available if student does not meet compulsory component? If additional assessment is available, explain what type
    Practicals and tutorials are compulsory Satisfactory completion of all practicals and tutorials Yes Alternative practical sessions or tutorial assessments may be arranged on a case by case basis
    Assessment Detail
    Tutorial worksheets (total 30%)
    Students will submit a total of 5 worksheets worth 6% each during the semester that will consist of mainly short answer and MCQ questions on course content.

    Mid-semester practical test (10%)
    An approximately 40 minute station - based practical test will be held mid-semester and cover practical content to that point of the semester, including that of dissection practicals.

    End of semester practical test (15%)
    The second practical test will be approximately 1 hour and held in the examination period. The exam will be weighted to cover the remaining body systems, however the entire semester practical content is assessable.

    Theory Exam (45%)
    The final 3 hr theory exam will examine all components of the course.
    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted, then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
    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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