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TV2002 - Integrated Animal Structure and Function 2

Credit points: 12
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: School of Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences

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

This subject, which together with Integrated Animal Structure and Function - 1, 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

  • students will gain an understanding of: 1) the normal body structure and function, as a foundation to studying the transitions from health to disease and the identification and management of disease in the latter years of the course; 2) key structural, metabolic and growth features of the major groups of bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites, and fundamentals of host- pathogen interactions; 3) aspects of genetics relevant to applied genetics and management of animal breeding programs; 4) fundamentals of animal husbandry including feeding requirements of different species, feed management and the range of feeds available, and seasonal issues for animal production including soil fertility, mineral nutrition of stock, dry matter/grass growth and rangeland ecology as they apply to animal production; 5) principles of biometrics and epidemiology particularly as they apply to veterinary public health.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends;
  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams;
  • The ability to work individually and independently.
Prerequisites: TV2001


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Dr Jenny Elliman, <Person not found>
Workload expectations:
  • 156 hours lectures
  • 56 hours tutorials
  • 104 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (15%); other exams (20%); 1 x 2 hour case based structured essay (cbse) written examination (15%); on course assessment (30%); 1 x 2 hour msat/osce examination (20%).
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

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.