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Undergraduate Course: The Animal Body Systems & Cases (GEP) (BVMS08064)

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 Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThe major aim of the ABSC module is to achieve an integrated understanding of homeostasis, i.e. the maintenance of the internal environment of the animal in a stable and consistent state. This sound knowledge and understanding of the normal animal serves as a basis for the study of veterinary medical and surgical problems in the following clinical years of the BVM&S programme.
Course description The course will address the structure and function of the major body systems of the animal. Consideration of pathobiological states will be used to consolidate the understanding of normal function. All lecture material will be reinforced and integrated in practicals, tutorials and computer-aided learning packages. In addition, Case-Based Learning (CBL) sessions will be used in each section to encourage clinical application of the knowledge gained during ABSC. These sessions will introduce students to clinical reasoning,
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students must be enrolled on a BVMS Veterinary Medicine degree programme in order to take this course.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Lecture Hours 91, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 36.5, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 40, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 10, Revision Session Hours 42, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 367 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 75 %, Coursework 25 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam 75%
Coursework 25%
Feedback Feedback to students after in-course assessments
Students will receive written or audio feedback in a timely fashion on their scientific report assessments, and one of their clinical case reflection reports and reviews. A review session following the first submission of the clinical case reflection report will be scheduled.

Feedback to students after Degree Examinations
An exam review will be held. The Review will focus on the correct answers and common errors. Students may review their manuscript with reference to these outline answers provided for individual questions.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Outwith Standard Exam Diets MarchABSC - Short Answer Paper and MCQ Paper 12:00
Outwith Standard Exam Diets MayABSC - Short Answer Paper and MCQ Paper 22:00
Outwith Standard Exam Diets JuneABSC - Interpretation Paper 31:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Distinguish the principles of control of the body systems of the animal by nerves and hormones as well as by intrinsic mechanisms, and how they contribute to the adaptation to different environments and stress;
  2. Identify the structure and function, as well as the contributions to homeostasis of the following body systems: cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, endocrine, neurological and selected parts of the digestive system (carnivorous and herbivorous animals);
  3. Describe the cellular and whole animal metabolism of animals , including mineral and trace element metabolism, glucose homeostasis, exercise, starvation, pregnancy and lactation, diabetes and obesity;
  4. Compare the structure and function of the male and female reproductive systems and describe the physiological basis for the manipulation of reproductive function in domestic species
  5. Integrate the knowledge of homeostasis to reflect and problem solve clinical presentations of disease status
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsHomeostasis,applied physiology,cardiovascular,respiratory,neurology,digestive system
Course organiserMrs Yolanda Martinez-Pereira
Tel: (0131 6)50 7650
Course secretaryMiss Amanda Huggan
Tel: (0131 6)50 6085
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