Module code: BMS1051

Module Overview

In this module you will study the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, urinary, reproductive, nervous and endocrine systems of animals.

This module equips students with an understanding of 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.

Module provider

School of Biosciences

Module Leader

SELEMETAS Nick (Biosciences)

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: 6

Independent Learning Hours: 85

Lecture Hours: 18

Tutorial Hours: 4

Practical/Performance Hours: 11

Guided Learning: 14

Captured Content: 12

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content



  • Integumentary system

  • Musculoskeletal system

  • Respiratory system

  • Cardiovascular system

  • Evolution of anatomical and physiological adaptations of animals

  • Nervous system

  • Optical system

  • Auditory system

  • Digestive system

  • Reproductive system

  • Urinary system

  • Endocrine system

  • Immune system

  • Exotic species comparative anatomy and physiology

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY 30
Online Scheduled Summative Class Test ONLINE (OPEN BOOK) MCQ TEST - 60 MINS WITHIN A 4HR WINDOW 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 various animal species.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Essay, 30%, 2000 words - Deadline teaching week 6 (addresses LOs: 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8)

  • MCQ online test (1 hour) - Deadline teaching week 11 (addresses LOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7)

Formative assessment

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


Students will receive extensive written feedback on their essays and verbal feedback on the short tests and quizzes throughout the module and revision.

Module aims

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

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Describe the fundamentals of normal structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) in animals KPT
002 Explain the major anatomical and physiological differences between animal species KC
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 Investigate and analyse problems CPT
008 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:

Provide students an overview of veterinary anatomy and physiology and help them develop independent thinking and analytical skills and improve their written and oral presentation skills.

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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Other information

Resourcefulness & resilience

Literature search using online databases and resources, e.g. textbooks, peer-reviewed journal papers

Flipped classroom seminars that allow students to measure their progress and understanding in preparation for exams

Global & cultural capabilities

Lectures delivered by a broad range of speakers with diverse backgrounds: UK or international speakers, veterinarians, animal scientists, and researchers

Digital capabilities

Use of various software for online interaction and review of content.

High content of digital external resources to support lectures


Visits and workshops on potential veterinary-related Professional Training Year employers

Discussion with former Professional Training Year students about their professional experiences and employability options

Module designed to meet employers’ expectations towards self-learning ability, critical analysis, problem-solving skills

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 2025/6 academic year.