VET TECH 1025RW - Physiology for Veterinary Technologists I

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

The course will introduce physiological terminology and principles using a body systems approach in a comparative context, with an emphasis on domestic species. In practical classes students will study physiological mechanisms and principles using a blending of live animal, isolated animal tissue, human measurements and computer simulations.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VET TECH 1025RW
    Course Physiology for Veterinary Technologists I
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 7 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge VET TECH 1020RW
    Restrictions Available to Bachelor of Veterinary Technology students only
    Course Description The course will introduce physiological terminology and principles using a body systems approach in a comparative context, with an emphasis on domestic species. In practical classes students will study physiological mechanisms and principles using a blending of live animal, isolated animal tissue, human measurements and computer simulations.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Samantha Franklin

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Describe normal physiological functions of vertebrates with an emphasis on domestic species.
    2 Collect, analyse and interpret data on normal physiological processes.
    3 Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work within a team.
    4 Apply the scientific method and critical thinking as it relates to body system 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)
    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)
    1, 2, 4
    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
    2, 4
    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
    1, 2, 3, 4
    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 & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Teaching and Learning modes for this course will include a combination of didactic lecures, team based learning activities, applied workshops and practical classes.

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

    During a typical week, students will complete 3 hours of lectures, some of which will be replaced with team based learning activities. Students will also complete one practical session (or workshop) per week of 2-4h duration.

    Learning Activities Summary
    Students unable to attend face to face activities must request from Course Coordinator an alternative option. This must be done in advance of week 3 and the scheduled face-to-face session/s.

    In this course, students will participate in a combination of traditional didactic lectures, team-based, active learning and problem-based learning approaches, and practical classes.  Physiological function will be studied using a body systems approach.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Practicals and team-based learning sessions 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
    Learning Outcome Approximate timing of assessment
    (week of teaching period)
    TBL assessment Formative & summative 10% No 1, 3, 4 4, 7, 11
    Online quizzes Formative & summative 10% No 1, 4 4, 6, 10, 12
    Practical assessments Formative & summative 30% No 1, 2 1 - 12
    Theory exam Summative 50% Yes 1, 2 Exam week
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment Item with hurdle % needed to meet hurdle Is additional assessment available if student does not meet hurdle requirement If additional assessment is available, explain what type
    Theory exam 40% Yes Additional examination similar to primary examination if final course mark is 40-49%.
    Assessment Detail
    Team Based Learning Assessment (total of 10%)
    The students will take individual and team quizzes based on lecture content and team based learning activities.

    Online Quizzes (total of 10%)
    Online quizzes will provide students with both formative and summative feedback and will occur approximately every 3 weeks.

    Practical Assessments (total of 30%)
    Practical assessments will consist of multiple forms of assessment (including written reports and online quizzes with MCQ and short answer questions).

    Final Theory Exam (50%)
    The final theory exam will examine theory component of the course. It may consist of multiple choice, short answer and long answer questions.
    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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    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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