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Undergraduate Course: The Animal Body (1) (BVMS08038)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits50 ECTS Credits25
SummaryThis course Animal Body (1) :

Cell to Animal Structure & Function
Three sections:
1. Animal Body Overview: introduction to the adult animal body plan with respect to general anatomy, physiology, and basic tissues; neural and endocrine integration of function; introduction to homeostasis
2. Animal Cell: the molecules of the cell; the management & flow of genetic information; cellular signalling; physiology of excitable cells; cell motility & division; embryology, histogenesis & organogenesis
3. Anatomical Structure & Relationships
small animal limb and topographical anatomy incorporating the skin and derivatives

Course description The Animal Body courses are an integrated programme which covers the normal structure and function of the Animal Body and the mechanisms of molecular and cellular pathology, immunology, inflammation and repair and the general biology of pathogens.

There are four courses over two years. We wish to emphasise the integration between the courses but they stand alone and equal in terms of assessment and credit weighting.

Year 1
Course 1 The Animal Body 1 - From Cell to Body Structure (50 credits)
Course 2 The Animal Body 2 - Pathobiology of the Animal Body (50 credits)

Year 2
Course 3 The Animal Body 3 - Systems Biology and Pathobiology (60 credits)
Course 4 The Animal Body 4 - Integration of Structure and Function (20 credits)

Most material is taught in courses 1-3. Course 4 will review and integrate the material given in the previous three courses and will be assessed by a synoptic examination.

Animal Body 1 and 2 will lay the groundwork for the study of systems biology and pathobiology in year 2. A major aim of AB3 and AB4 is to obtain an understanding of homeostasis and the pathologies that can give rise to failures in homeostasis. A strong understanding of normal anatomy, cell biology and physiology underpins the interpretation of the abnormal. We wish to emphasise a deductive approach we will describe the normal workings of a homeostatic mechanism and guide the student to deduce what happens if a component of the homeostasis fails.

Animal Body 4 will 'put the animal back together again'. It will illustrate and consolidate the teaching of the three previous modules using interpretation exercises. There will be little new taught material. The interpretation exercises in AB4 will take the form of clinical case studies. They will emphasise how awareness of pathological change can illustrate and consolidate understanding of normal structure and function. In order to interpret the case studies the students will need to draw on their knowledge from all the preceding courses.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 500 ( Lecture Hours 95, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 7, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 109, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 3, Summative Assessment Hours 6, Revision Session Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 10, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 266 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Feedback Cell Biology MCQ:

Each student will receive a sheet detailing how they answered along with an overview sheet of the subject area of the questions.

Cell Biology Presentations:

You will receive an overall mark along with some short personal feedback. Each presentation group will be encouraged to provide peer feedback although this will not be marked.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Outwith Standard Exam Diets FebruaryMCQ & Interpretation Paper2:30
Outwith Standard Exam Diets FebruaryShort Question Paper2:15
Outwith Standard Exam Diets FebruarySpot Paper1:15
Resit Exam Diet (August)MCQ & Interpretation Paper2:30
Resit Exam Diet (August)Spot examination Paper1:15
Resit Exam Diet (August)Short Question Paper2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe the basic tissues that make up the animal body and to explain their embryological origins and how they are adapted to perform their specific functions from the molecular to the gross level.
  2. Describe the basic components of a cell, its organelles and the cellular processes and functions that maintains it and allows it to grow and perform its functions in the animal body.
  3. Identify the bones of the skeleton, the major muscles and joints, and the topography of the organs in the dog.
  4. Perform dissections of animal tissues according to written instructions, identify the tissues, and produce an accurate record of the work in the form of labelled images or diagrams.
  5. Examine histological sections of the basic body tissues using light microscopy, identify the main body tissues, and produce an accurate record of the work in the form of labelled diagrams.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserDr Guraa Bergkvist
Course secretaryMr Andrew Newcombe
Tel: (0131 6)50 6085
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