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TV2001 - Integrated Animal Structure and Function 1

Credit points: 12
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Veterinary Science and the Bachelor of Veterinary Science IHCAP programs.

This subject, together with Integrated Animal Structure and Function - 2, makes up the second level of the BVSc degree program and the first of three years of the integrated veterinary science curriculum. The integrated curriculum is structured around a number of overlapping Themes that combine knowledge, skills and attitudes, which are then delivered through a series of modules. The Themes are: Structure and Function; Dysfunction, Agents of Disease and Defence; Animal Production, Management and Behaviour; Veterinary Services; Veterinary Practice; and Professional Life. The Structure and Function theme will provide students with a solid understanding of the diversity of living things, the structure and function of plants and animals, and the techniques that are available to study them within the context of veterinary practice. The focus of the Dysfunction, Agents of Disease and Defence theme is to enable students to understand dysfunction and disease processes including their molecular and cellular basis and the diversity of causative organisms. Animal Production, Management and Behaviour will provide grounding in aspects of animal production and behaviour relevant to veterinary practice and in particular changes in animal behaviour that may be indicative of a change in health status. Veterinary Services encompasses those aspects of the veterinary profession that provide a service to the community through expertise in the study of the spread of disease and accompanying risks to populations and communities through introducing concepts of biosafety in association with the epidemiology and public health aspects. Elements of Veterinary Practice run through the Study Period to provide students with a foundation in the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for clinical practice. The Veterinary Professional Life theme will provide students with the skills necessary to practice as a veterinarian in our changing world and to be able to continually access and use information as knowledge progresses.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the normal body structure and function;
  • Identify key structural, metabolic and growth features of bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites, and fundamentals of host pathogen interactions;
  • Explain the fundamentals of animal husbandry including feeding requirements of different species and their feed management;
  • Examine non-verbal communication and professional behaviour and appraise consultation skills.
Prerequisites: TV1002 AND TV1003must have completed Level 1 of the program


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Dr Margaret Reilly, Dr Glen Walker, Professor Estelle Venter, Dr Donna Martin
Lecturers: Mr Christopher Gardiner, Dr Alanna Sorenson, Assoc. Professor John Cavalieri, Professor William Tranter, Dr Orachun Hayakijkosol, Assoc. Professor Richard Squires, Assoc. Professor Bradley Dowling, Dr Robert Kinobe, Dr Ruth Sutcliffe, Assoc. Professor Constantin Constantinoiu, Ms Sally Watts, Dr Leo Foyle, Dr Anupama Bangara Kulur, Dr Prisca Noble, Dr Glen Walker, Dr Donnalee Taylor, Professor Estelle Venter, Dr Jim Taylor, Dr Dem de Tonnerre, Dr David Blignaut, Professor David Miller, Dr Donna Martin.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 12 credit point subject is approximately 520 hours.

  • 170 hours lectures
  • 15 hours tutorials
  • 81 hours practicals
  • 20 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 12 hours - Fieldtrip
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); on course assessment (40%).
Special Assessment Requirements: student must participate in and complete any required assessment in 100% of the tutorials, workshops, practical classes, field trips and animal handling sessions

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.