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AVBS2007: Animal Structure and Function

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. Vaccination against Q fever is a requirement to attend anatomy practical classes on campus. In exceptional circumstances where this is not practical, specific Personal Protective Equipment must be utilised.

Code AVBS2007
Academic unit Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
ANSC3103 or ANSC3104

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Describe musculoskeletal, neuroanatomy, digestive, immune, cardiovascular, respiratory, reproduction and urinary systems in domestic animals.
  • LO2. Explain and describe anatomy using appropriate anatomical terminology.
  • LO3. Describe motility and control within the digestive tract of monogastric and ruminant species.
  • LO4. Compare enzymatic and fermentative digestion.
  • LO5. Describe animal management practices which meet the physiological needs of animals (considering the animal’s sensory structures, central processing, autonomic and motor responses).
  • LO6. Evaluate the contribution of the integument, digestive and urogenital systems to the maintenance of homeostasis.
  • LO7. Discuss the contribution of the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory and musculoskeletal systems to the maintenance of internal homeostasis.
  • LO8. Describe the basic endocrine control of the reproductive system and the important events leading to and during pregnancy.
  • LO9. Work cooperatively as part of a group and communicate results in written and oral form to various audiences including peers, disciplinary experts and lay-people.
  • LO10. Analyse applied animal physiology research articles and describe the findings in an appropriate written form. (i.e. scientific report).

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.