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Unit of study_

VETS6104: Foundations of Veterinary Science A

In this unit, the basic gross anatomy, histology (microscopic anatomy) and physiology of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, digestive, cardiovascular and respiratory systems of domestic mammals are considered. The dog is used as the main anatomical exemplar, although some comparative anatomical detail, particularly for the digestive system, is included. Clinical material is used both to illustrate normal structure and function, and to provide the anatomical, histological and physiological knowledge that underpins the clinical examination and investigative techniques of these systems, such as auscultation, palpation and haematology. The material in this unit will underpin the acquisition of relevant skills in the unit of study Professional Skills 1A. Examples of disease in animals created by structural abnormalities and dysfunction are used to illustrate the application of this knowledge. This unit will provide a thorough basis for more advanced applied, regional and comparative anatomical and physiological learning in later years of the DVM in paraclinical and clinical disciplines. The body systems studied in this unit provide a framework of the mammalian body that will be further developed in Foundations of Veterinary Science B.

Details

Academic unit School of Veterinary Science Academic Operations
Unit code VETS6104
Unit name Foundations of Veterinary Science A
Session, year
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Semester 1, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 12

Enrolment rules

Prohibitions
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None
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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One semester of study in each of general chemistry (physical and inorganic), organic chemistry, biology and biochemistry.

Available to study abroad and exchange students

No

Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Peter John White (Vet Science), p.white@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam End of semester exam - Theory
Online written exam
30% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6
Final exam End of semester exam - Practical
Online practical exam
20% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO5 LO6
Participation Active participation in all RLAs
100% participation with Required Learning Activities (RLAs)
0% Ongoing See Canvas
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Tutorial quiz Online quiz Introduction
MCQ
1% Week 04
Due date: 19 Mar 2020

Closing date: 20 Mar 2020
10 MCQ questions
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6
Tutorial quiz Online quiz L and P
MCQ
1% Week 06
Due date: 02 Apr 2020

Closing date: 03 Apr 2020
10 MCQ questions
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6
In-semester test Intrasemester exam
Online exam
25% Week 07 90 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO3 LO2
Tutorial quiz Online quiz digestion
MCQ
1% Week 09
Due date: 30 Apr 2020

Closing date: 01 May 2020
10 MCQ questions
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6 LO1
Assignment Written Assignmnet
Essay
20% Week 09
Due date: 03 May 2020
3 written pages
Outcomes assessed: LO4
Tutorial quiz Online quiz Cardiovascular
MCQ
1% Week 11
Due date: 14 May 2020

Closing date: 15 May 2020
10 MCQ questions
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO6
Tutorial quiz Online quiz Respiratory
MCQ
1% Week 13
Due date: 28 May 2020

Closing date: 29 May 2020
10 MCQ questions
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
  • Five online summative quizzes: one each covering content (anatomy, histology and physiology combined) from the Introductory Module, the Locomotion & Posture Module, the Digestion Module, the cardiovascular component of the Cardiorespiratory Module, the respiratory component of the Cardiorespiratory Module. Each online quiz will consist of about 10 multiple choice questions, and will contribute one mark to the final mark for the unit
  • Intrasemester online exam, worth 25% of the final mark will be held in class time. You will have 90 minutes for the exam, which will cover all material taught in the introductory and locomotion and posture modules.
  • The purpose of the essay assignment (worth 20%) is to give you the opportunity to explore the application of one or more of the disciplines gross anatomy, histology and/or physiology to a clinical topic. 
  • There is a final online theory examination for the unit of study, which will cover the Digestion and Cardiorespiratory Modules. This will be a two-hour online written exam worth 30% of the final mark. 
  • There is a final online practical examination for the unit of study. This will be worth 20% of the final mark and will consist of about 75% gross anatomy content and 25% histology content. 

Assessment criteria

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

At HD level, a student demonstrates a flair for the subject as well as a detailed and comprehensive understanding of the unit material. A ‘High Distinction’ reflects exceptional achievement and is awarded to a student who demonstrates the ability to apply their subject knowledge and understanding to produce original solutions for novel or highly complex problems and/or comprehensive critical discussions of theoretical concepts.

Distinction

75 - 84

At DI level, a student demonstrates an aptitude for the subject and a well-developed understanding of the unit material. A ‘Distinction’ reflects excellent achievement and is awarded to a student who demonstrates an ability to apply their subject knowledge and understanding of the subject to produce good solutions for challenging problems and/or a reasonably well-developed critical analysis of theoretical concepts.

Credit

65 - 74

At CR level, a student demonstrates a good command and knowledge of the unit material. A ‘Credit’ reflects solid achievement and is awarded to a student who has a broad general understanding of the unit material and can solve routine problems and/or identify and superficially discuss theoretical concepts.

Pass

50 - 64

At PS level, a student demonstrates proficiency in the unit material. A ‘Pass’ reflects satisfactory achievement and is awarded to a student who has threshold knowledge.

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week -01 Introduction to anatomy 1 (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Introduction to anatomy 2 (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 01 Bone structure/remodelling 1 (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4
Muscle (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4
Fundamentals of histology (1 hr) LO1
Fundamentals of microscopy (Group A) (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Epithelium (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4
Extrinsic muscles of pectoral limb (Group A) (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Bone structure/remodelling 2 (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4
Epithelium (Group A) (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4
Physiology. Introduction to homeostasis (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Intrinsic muscles of proximal pectoral limb/shoulder (Group A) (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Week 02 Body water and homeostasis (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Connective tissue (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Joints (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4
Connective tissue (Group A) (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Thermoregulation (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Distal pectoral limb/elbow (Group A) (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Introduction to skeleton virtual reality (1 hr)  
Hip (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Proximal pelvic limb/hip joint (Group A) (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Integument histology (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Dehydration and thermoregulation tutorial (Group A1) (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Week 03 Stifle (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Imaging (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Muscle histology (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Distal pelvic limb/stifle joint (Group A) (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Integument anatomy (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Integument histology (Group A) (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Integument (Group A) (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Excitable tissues (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Muscle histology (Group A) (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Week 04 Muscle physiology 1 (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Muscle physiology 2 (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Cartilage and bone histology (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Skull and neck (Group A) (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Muscle physiology 3 (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Cartilage/bone histology (Group A) (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Introduction to imaging technology (1 hr)  
Vertebral column (Group A) (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Exam preparation lecture (1 hr)  
Muscle physiology tutorial (Group A1) (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Week 05 Oral cavity (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Salivary glands/pharynx` (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Histology of mouth/teeth (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Abdominal wall, diaphragm, inguinal canal (Group A) (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Dentition (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Peritoneum (Group A1) (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Oesophagus/monogastric stomach (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Ruminant stomach (Group A1) (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Histology of oesophagus/stomach (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Head and neck (carnivore) (Group A) (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Week 06 Carnivore intestines (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Histology of intestines (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Histology of mouth/teeth (Group A) (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6
Horse intestines (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Head and neck (comparative) (Group A) (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6
Physiology of GIT 1 (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Histology of oesophagus/stomach (Group A) (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Physiology of GIT 2 (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Dentition (Group A) (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6
Week 07 Ox/pig intestine (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
GIT imaging (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5 LO6
Physiology of GIT 3 (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
GIT carnivore (Group A) (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Liver/pancreas histology (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Histology of intestines (Group A) (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 08 Liver pancreas tutorial (Group A) (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Cardiovascular anatomy 1(introduction to CVA) (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
GIT ruminant/pig (Group A) (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Cardiovascular anatomy 2 (heart) (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Liver/pancreas histology (Group A) (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4
Exam feedback session (1 hr)  
Cardiovascular anatomy 3 (embryology of heart and major vessels) (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Liver/pancreas/horse intestines (Group A) (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Physiology of GIT tutorial (Group A1) (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Week 09 Cardiovascular histology (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Cardiovascular anatomy 4 (vessels of GIT) (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Cardiovascular physiology 1 (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Cardiovascular histology (Group A) (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Introduction to lymphatics (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Heart (Group A) (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Cardiovascular physiology 2 (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Vessels of thorax (Group A) (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Cardiovascular physiology 3 (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Week 10 Haematology 1 (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Haematology 2 (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Vessels of abdomen (Group A) (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Introduction to the vessels of the limbs (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Haematology (Group A) (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Respiratory anatomy 1 (upper respiratory system) (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Vessels of pelvis and hindlimb (Group A) (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Respiratory anatomy 2 (larynx) (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Cardiovascular physiology tutorial (Group A1) (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Week 11 Respiratory histology 1 (upper respiratory tract) (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Respiratory anatomy 3 (trachea/lungs) (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Respiratory anatomy 4 (pleurae) (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Respiratory histology 2 (trachea/lungs) (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Vessels of forelimb (Group A) (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Respiratory physiology 1 (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Respiratory anatomy (Group A) (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Respiratory physiology 2 (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Respiratory histology (Group A) (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Week 12 Cardiovascular anatomy 5 (vessels of head and neck) (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Vessels of head and neck 1 (Group A) (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Respiratory physiology 3 (1 hr)  
Vessels of head and neck 2 (Group A) (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Revision (1 hr)  
Respiratory physiology tutorial (Group A1) (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 12 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 240-300 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

  • Dyce, K.M., Sack, W.O. & Wensing, C.J.G. 2010. Textbook of Veterinary Anatomy. Fourth Edition. Saunders Elsevier, St Louis. (ISBN: 978-141606607-1)
  • Evans, H.E. & de Lahunta, A. 2013. Miller’s Anatomy of the Dog. Fourth Edition. Saunders Elsevier, St Louis. (ISBN: 978-143770812-7)
  • Eurell, J.A. & Frappier, B.L. 2006. Dellmann's Textbook of Veterinary Histology. Sixth Edition.
    Blackwell, Ames. (ISBN: 978-078174148-4)
  • Sjaastad, Ø.V., Sand, O. & Hove, K. 2016. Physiology of Domestic Animals. Third Edition.
    Scandinavian Veterinary Press, Oslo. (ISBN: 978-829174341-7)

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

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

  • LO1. correctly apply anatomical, histological and physiological terms
  • LO2. identify and describe important features of the gross and microscopic structure of the integument, musculoskeletal, digestive, cardiovascular and respiratory systems; including major species differences
  • LO3. describe the physiological features of the integument, musculoskeletal, digestive, cardiovascular and respiratory systems and their role in the maintenance of homeostasis
  • LO4. integrate anatomical, histological and physiological principles to explain normal function, abnormal function and procedures
  • LO5. describe the anatomical relationships amongst structures in regions of the body and common modalities used to visualise them
  • LO6. compare and contrast the major anatomical structural and functional differences in common domestic species.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

Alignment with Competency standards

Outcomes Competency standards
LO1
Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Attributes - AVBC
2. The normal structure, function and development of animals, their interactions with their environment and the factors which may disturb these
European Coordination Committee for Veterinary Training (EECVT) Day One Competencies - ECCVT
2.3. The structure, function and behaviour of animals and their physiological and welfare needs, including healthy domestic animals, captive wildlife and laboratory-housed animals.
LO2
Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Attributes - AVBC
2. The normal structure, function and development of animals, their interactions with their environment and the factors which may disturb these
European Coordination Committee for Veterinary Training (EECVT) Day One Competencies - ECCVT
2.3. The structure, function and behaviour of animals and their physiological and welfare needs, including healthy domestic animals, captive wildlife and laboratory-housed animals.
LO3
Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Attributes - AVBC
2. The normal structure, function and development of animals, their interactions with their environment and the factors which may disturb these
World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Day One Competencies - OIE
2.11. Communication skills
American Veterinary Medical Association - AVMA
8. ethical and professional conduct; communication skills including those that demonstrate an understanding and sensitivity to how clients’ diversity and individual circumstance can impact health care
European Coordination Committee for Veterinary Training (EECVT) Day One Competencies - ECCVT
2.3. The structure, function and behaviour of animals and their physiological and welfare needs, including healthy domestic animals, captive wildlife and laboratory-housed animals.
LO4
Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Attributes - AVBC
2. The normal structure, function and development of animals, their interactions with their environment and the factors which may disturb these
European Coordination Committee for Veterinary Training (EECVT) Day One Competencies - ECCVT
2.3. The structure, function and behaviour of animals and their physiological and welfare needs, including healthy domestic animals, captive wildlife and laboratory-housed animals.
LO5
Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Attributes - AVBC
2. The normal structure, function and development of animals, their interactions with their environment and the factors which may disturb these
European Coordination Committee for Veterinary Training (EECVT) Day One Competencies - ECCVT
2.3. The structure, function and behaviour of animals and their physiological and welfare needs, including healthy domestic animals, captive wildlife and laboratory-housed animals.
2.5. The aetiology, pathogenesis, clinical signs, diagnosis and treatment of the common diseases and disorders that occur in the common domestic species.
LO6
Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Attributes - AVBC
2. The normal structure, function and development of animals, their interactions with their environment and the factors which may disturb these
World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Day One Competencies - OIE
2.11. Communication skills
American Veterinary Medical Association - AVMA
8. ethical and professional conduct; communication skills including those that demonstrate an understanding and sensitivity to how clients’ diversity and individual circumstance can impact health care
European Coordination Committee for Veterinary Training (EECVT) Day One Competencies - ECCVT
2.3. The structure, function and behaviour of animals and their physiological and welfare needs, including healthy domestic animals, captive wildlife and laboratory-housed animals.
Modifications to this Unit of Study have been based on student feedback and have resulted in restructuring of some practical classes for 2020.

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