Module code: BMS1051

Module Overview

In this module you will study all the different body systems of animals (Musculoskeletal, Respiratory, Cardiovascular, reproductive, digestive, neurological, integument etc.). You will also study how the body systems vary and function between the different animal species (comparative anatomy). On completion of this module you will have a detailed understating of the form and function of the different body systems of animals.

During this module you will also have the opportunity to visit a dairy farm, a veterinary hospital and a veterinary practice. 

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

SELEMETAS Nick (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

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

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 2

Independent Learning Hours: 75

Lecture Hours: 24

Tutorial Hours: 12

Practical/Performance Hours: 11

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A – Only available to VBS student

Module content


  • Musculoskeletal system

  • Cardiovascular system

  • Respiratory system

  • Integument

  • Nervous system

  • Optical system

  • Auditory system

  • Urinary system

  • Reproductive system

  • Immune system

  • Digestive system

  • Zoo animal nutrition

  • Exotic species comparative anatomy and physiology


  • Small animal practice visit

  • Large animal hospital visit


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY 30
School-timetabled exam/test MCQ IN CLASS TEST 70

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

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

A detailed knowledge of the comparative anatomy and physiology of companion and livestock species.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Essay (2000 words) - Deadline teaching week 6

MCQ in class test - Deadline teaching week 11

Formative assessment and feedback

Short tests will be used to asess the students progress throughout the module.  Following the tests the students will be provided with verbal feedback on their performance throughout the module. 

Module aims

  • This module aims to: Provide an overview of veterinary anatomy and physiology on small and large animals.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Explain the anatomical differences between the major livestock and companion animal species KT
002 Describe the major physiological differences between farm and companion animal species K
003 Evaluate considerations relating to animal-specific anatomy C
004 Evaluate considerations relating to animal handling CP
005 Work independently demonstrating initiative, self-organisation and time management PT
006 Communicate effectively orally and in written work CPT
007 Participate in group discussions and on group assignments PT
008 Investigate and analyse problems CPT
009 Integrate numerical & non-numerical information CT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: Develop independent thinking and analytical skills. Further, more the teaching and learning strategy aims to develop written and oral presentations skills.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures – 24hrs

  • Presentations 2hrs

  • Practicals – 11hrs

  • Independent learning – 75hrs

  • Visits – 12hrs

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
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Veterinary Biosciences BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% 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 2019/0 academic year.