STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION 6: ORGANS OF SPECIAL SENSES AND ENDOCRINE SYSTEMS - 2018/9

Module code: VMS1008

Module Overview

This module will present the structure and function of the sense organs and the endocrine systems in various veterinary species. Cases will underpin the presentation of this material to provide context and integration between the disciplines of anatomy, histology, physiology and embryology. Students will use dissection and laboratory sessions to develop their technical competencies. The PBL cases will be used to underpin the anatomy and physiology and to enhance team learning and the development of independent learning skills.

Module provider

School of Veterinary Medicine

Module Leader

SUBASINGHE DW Dr (Vet Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: D100

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A.

Module content





Organs of Special Sense




The basic gross structure of the eye, ear and olfactory systems including development of the eye, ear and olfactory systems.




The cellular structure of the eye, ear and olfactory systems




Anatomical examination of eye and ear




Vision - how the eye sees light and images, photoreception and transmission, visual pathways




Hearing – how sounds are perceived, auditory acuity in various species, sonar use.




Olfaction – how smell is perceived, variations across species, including vomeronasal organ




Structure of the avian, fish and reptilian eye, ear and olfactory systems..




Animal behaviours related to in vision, hearing and smell.  How variation in organs of special sense affect the experience of veterinary species




Clinical signs relating to senses– integration of anatomy and physiology knowledge to deduce what might be observable if function was impaired.




Endocrine Organs




The basic gross anatomy of the major endocrine glands: thyroid, parathyroid, pituitary, adrenals, pancreas.




The cellular structure the major endocrine glands: thyroid, parathyroid, pituitary, adrenals, pancreas.




Physiology of the thyroid, parathyroid, pituitary, adrenals, pancreas, including calcium and glucose regulation.




Role of endocrine system in stress and impaired welfare




Clinical signs relating to endocrine function – integration of anatomy and physiology knowledge to deduce what might be observable if function was impaired.





 

 

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment PBL ASSESSMENT 10
Examination WRITTEN EXAM 50
Coursework PRACTICAL REPORT 10
Practical based assessment STEEPLECHASE 30

Alternative Assessment

Resits for practical reports will involve the preparation of a reflective writing report on an area related to the failed module.  

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:

Their contribution to practicals and the PBL team by assessment – 10%

Their understanding of the laboratory components via lab reports – 10%

Integration of the various components via Steeplechase – 30%

Their content knowledge – 50%

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Contribution to practicals and PBL by assessment – 10%

Practical lab reports – 10%

Integration of the various components via Steeplechase – 30%

Content knowledge examination – 50%

Formative assessment

 First peer assessment of contributions to dissections will be formative as well

Feedback

Verbal feedback in practical sessions and during clinical examination practicals

Module aims

  • Students will acquire an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the sense organs and the endocrine system.  Building on their experience of safe handling and restraint of domestic animals in AS1, students will conduct basic clinical examinations that enable them to recognise the range of normal structure and function of these systems. They will be able to understand how sense organs and the endocrine system may impact on animal behaviour and welfare.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Demonstrate a deep understanding of the normal development, structure and function of the organs of special sense and the endocrine systems of veterinary species using didactic, problem based learning and practical dissection and microscopy. RCVS KU 1, RCVS KU3 KPT
2 Apply structural and functional knowledge of special senses, the endocrine system and the role of nutritional support for these systems as part of a clinical exam of the animal (D1C- 16, 18, 19,21,23, 34,37
3 Assess animal behaviour, considering the effects of pain and/or dysfunction of the organs of special sense and the endocrine systems. RCVS KU 1, KU 3 KPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 109

Lecture Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 6

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Enhance the students technical skills using dissection practicals

Enhance the students technical skills by microscopy practicals

Initiate the students physical examination skills by introducing clinical examination practicals

Introduce the problem based learning format and team learning

Facilitate self directed learning

 

The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures, flipped classroom, small group discussions

Practicals involving dissection, microscopy,clinical examination of various species, problem based learning cases

22 hours lectures, 13 practical hours and 6 PBL hours

3 -4 lectures per week, 1-3 hours practical per week and 2 hours PBL per week in 3 weeks of 12.




 





 


 

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION 6: ORGANS OF SPECIAL SENSES AND ENDOCRINE SYSTEMS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/vms1008

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Veterinary Medicine and Science BVMSci (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.