ANSC30170 Animal Physiology I

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module is for students interested in the physiology (a study of the integrated structure and function of all systems of the body) of domesticated animals.
The purpose of this module is to give students foundation knowledge of cell and tissue types, organization and function. Specific emphasis is placed on the physiology of homeostasis, the nervous system and the special senses, the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system, the urinary system and lactation. Consideration is given to the overarching relationships between structure and function and the regulating mechanisms that maintain the internal environment of the body (homeostasis).

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
Explain the relationship between the structure and function of various tissues in animals
Explain the function and regulation of body organs at a cellular and molecular level
Discuss the mechanisms by which molecules are transported in to, out of and through cells
Describe the structure and functions of the nervous system and the special senses and explain how animals perceive their internal and external environment and apply their knowledge to explain how the body receives, interprets and acts on sensory stimuli.
Explain the structure and function of the cardiovascular, respiratory and urinary systems and demonstrate an advanced understanding of how the molecular, physiological, metabolic and endocrine factors regulating these basic physiological processes contribute to homeostasis in farm animals
Explain the development of the mammary glands during different physiological stages; Discuss the regulation of milk synthesis; Discuss the comparative aspects of lactation in domestic animals.

On completion of this module students should be able to: Analyze, interpret, and summarize information on a systems physiology topic.

Indicative Module Content:

Cellular level of organization:
Components of the cell: cytoplasm and nuclear organelles.
Cell membrane: structure & function, mechanisms of membrane transport and cell to cell communication

Tissue level of organization:
Tissue Types: Structure, function, location and properties of Epithelial, Connective, Muscle and Nervous tissues
Structure, function, development and regulation of Skin, Cartilage, Bone, Muscle, Blood,

Nervous system and the special senses: Structure, function and physiology of the central and peripheral nervous system and the special senses; vision, hearing, taste, smell and touch.
Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Urinary Systems: Structure, function and integrated physiology of the tissues and organs of these systems
Lactation: Mammary gland development, structure and regulation of milk production

Adaptation of tissues and systems by various animals species.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures will be delivered face to face in the classroom.
The content will be delivered primarily by powerpoint presentation; key concepts will be further elaborated using animations, videos, blackboard and chalk drawing and discussion in class. Students will have opportunities for in class discussion, debate and presentations and are encouraged to reflect on the course content and to ask questions.
Handouts will be available in advance of each lecture, whereas, pre-recorded material will be available following delivery of the relevant live lectures. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

Students should have taken a basic course in Biology before attempting this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
ANAT20040 - Neurosciences, MDSA20040 - Neurosciences

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Multiple Choice Questionnaire (Short): In semester Multiple Choice Questionnaire, including Matching Set questions, approximately 30 questions.
Some questions incur negative marking for incorrect answers.
Week 9 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Continuous Assessment: In semester in class and online activities, including short quizzes, group projects and presentations Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: End of Semester Multiple Choice Questionnaire, including Matching Set questions and labelled diagrams, approximately 50 questions. Some questions incur negative marks for incorrect answers. 2 hour End of Trimester Exam n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring 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
• Online automated feedback
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback is delivered through different approaches including feedback in class, or at student's request, out of class in a private meeting. In term assessment feedback will be communicated online through BrightSpace.

Physiology of Domestic Animals: Sjaestad, Hove & Sand, Scandinavian Veterinary Press
Principles of Anatomy & Physiology (14th Edition) Tortora & Derrickson, Wiley. (Earlier editions by Tortora and Grabowski are also fine).

Name Role
Dr Lynne O'Shea 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) - Autumn: All Weeks Thurs 09:00 - 09:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Wed 09:00 - 10:50