Animals kept for food and companionship, are diverse and beautifully complex. In this Unit, you will develop an understanding of the structure and function of domestic animals with an emphasis on the systems relevant to animal scientists. The unit begins with the anatomy and physiology of domestic animals cell and basic tissue structure and an overview of homeostatic control systems. This is followed by a more in-depth study of the other body systems. An understanding of the normal functioning of these systems allows identification of how these systems can be influenced by animal management and the animals' environment. At the completion of this unit you will develop; a rich understanding of the relationships between body systems and structure, broad skills of critical thinking and communication, appreciating the links between structure and function and their relevance to abnormal function and animal disease that will be further developed in applied studies in animal nutrition, animal behaviour, welfare and ethics and animal reproduction. In this unit, there is a risk of exposure to zoonotic pathogens. You are encouraged to be vaccinated against tetanus and Q fever but where this is not practical you must utilize Personal Protective Equipment for specific practical classes.
Most weeks students will attend 3 x 1 hour lectures and a 2 hour practical, tutorial or group session. Some 2 hour sessions will involve a mixture of tasks and may contain additional lectures.
This unit will include a combination of on-line (10%) quiz, individual (25%) and group (20%) assignments, intra-semester examination (15%) and final examination (30%).
Learning resources will be available on the Unit of Study E-Learning site. The following texts may be useful: Sherwood, L., Klandorf, H. and Yancey, P.H. (2013) Animal Physiology. From Genes to Organisms. 2nd ed. Thomson Brooks/Cole. Dyce, K.M., Sack, W.O. and Wensing, C.J.G. (2010). Textbook of Veterinary Anatomy. 4th edn. W.B. Saunders, Philadelphia.
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