ANSC30150 Animal Physiology II

Academic Year 2021/2022

This is a module for students with a keen interest in the science underpinning livestock health from a molecular, cellular, tissue and systems perspective.

The purpose of this module is to build on the knowledge acquired in the preceding Animal Physiology I Module; specifically concentrating on the physiological systems that support the development of optimal function, growth and health. The module content begins with exploring the development of homeostasis as a neonate and discusses the interactions (e.g. with the microbiome) that support the on-going maintenance of health.

A specific focus of the module will be on the establishment of core principles of immunity, and preparing students to relate dysregulation of these processes to specific diseases in subsequent modules. Tissue specific aspects of immune function of relevant to optimal physiological function (e.g. mammary gland, respiratory tract, digestive tract and reproductive tract) will be included. Other integrated components including the lymphatic system, the endocrine system and the key factors and mechanisms regulating growth and metabolism are also discussed.

This module is a 7 week module and will be examined during the Spring Break in March.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should have a deep systems level understanding of the integrated nature of cellular functions that support the establishment and maintenance of health in livestock.

Students should be able to:
1. Explain the concept of homeostasis, and understand how it is established and maintained (including the role of the lymphatic system)
2. Describe the role of nutrient metabolism in cell growth and immune function (including the role of the endocrine system in growth)
3. Appreciate the role of the microbiome in health and disease
4. Discuss specific properties and functions of the cells of the immune system, elaborate the process of inflammation
5. Explain the relevance of systemic and local immunity to livestock diseases of relevance
6. Discuss the differences between innate and adaptive immunity and explain the principle concepts of vaccination.

Indicative Module Content:

Introduction to homeostasis with a focus on it's establishment in the neonate, and maintenance in the adult
The role of the microbiome, including crosstalk with the host
Nutrient metabolism, growth and immune cell function
Integrated systems linking endocrine and lymphatic systems
Immunology and its role in animal health, including vaccination

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Learning approaches used in this module include lectures incorporating short animations, peer and group work; student powerpoint and poster presentations. A laboratory tutorial will also be included. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

If you do not have the required module listed but have passed an equivalent module, please contact the module co-ordinator.

Learning Recommendations:


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
ANSC30170 - Animal Physiology I

ANAT20040 - Neurosciences, MDSA20040 - Neurosciences

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Multiple Choice Questionnaire: Terminal MCQ exam (March Spring Exam), comprises approximately 90 questions. Negative marking does not apply. 2 hour End of Trimester Exam n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: 1 X Quiz containing matching set and multiple choice questions (approximately 40 questions). Negative marking applies. Week 5 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback from Module Coordinator will be delivered pre -assessment on group projects in-class and out of class. Rubrics are made available for the projects. Group projects are presented to peers and feedback from peers is collated. Post assessment feedback will be delivered online through the VLE. Students may request private meeting to discuss progress.

Physiology of Domestic Animals: Sjaestad, Hove & Sand, Scandinavian Veterinary Press
Principles of Anatomy & Physiology (14th Edition): : Tortora & Derrickson, Wiley.
Name Role
Professor Trudee Fair Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Lynne O'Shea Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Stafford Vigors Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 Thurs 10:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 Tues 10:00 - 12:50