VET TECH 1025RW - Physiology for Veterinary Technologists I

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2023

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
    On successful completion of this course students should be able to:
    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)

    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, 4

    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.

    1, 2, 4

    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.

    1, 2, 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.

  • 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
    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)
    Online quizzes Formative & summative 20% No 1, 3, 4 4, 8, 10, 12
    Written assessments
    1) Practical write up – Glucose homeostasis (10%)
    2) Practical write up – exercise physiology (10%)
    Formative & summative 20% No 1, 4 3 and 9
    TBL assessment Formative & summative 10% No 1, 2 4, 7, 11
    Theory exam Summative 50% No 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
    Attendance at all practicals and team-based learning sessions is compulsory. Satisfactory completion of all practicals and team-based learning sessions including attendance of ALL practicals and team-based learning sessions. Yes Students with medical or compassionate reasons for non-attendance will be given an opportunity to make up missed sessions or provided an alternative learning experience.
    Assessment Detail
    Online Quizzes (total of 20%)
    Online quizzes (including multiple choice and short answer questions) will provide students with both formative and summative feedback and will examine materials covered in lectures and practical classes.

    Written Assessments (total of 20%)
    Written assessments will consist of two written reports based on data collected and analysed in the practicals and/or workshops.

    Team Based Learning Assessment (total of 10%)
    Students will take individual and team quizzes based on lecture content and team based learning activities.

    Final Theory Exam (50%)
    The final theory exam will examine all components 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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