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Unit information: AGEP-Animal Systems 1 in 2018/19

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Unit name AGEP-Animal Systems 1
Unit code VETS10015
Credit points 0
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Love
Open unit status Not open



Accelerated Professional Studies 1

School/department Bristol Veterinary School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


This unit will use problem-based learning, scaffolding lectures and practical classes to teach the students about animals; from the cell through to the whole animal. Using a systems based approach they will cover the integrated structure and function of healthy body systems and the ways in which animals can be managed and its impact on their health and welfare. Students will also be introduced to the pathological processes that cause disease and the ways in which diseases can be diagnosed, treated and controlled. Diseases of public health interest will be highlighted and the role of animals in food production explored. The problem-based learning format will enable the students to begin developing their clinical reasoning at an early stage and highlight the clinical relevance of the basic sciences and animal management.

Intended learning outcomes

After completing this unit students will:

  1. Have integrated their knowledge of the structure and function of body systems, for common domestic species and will appreciate the relationships between the systems, the clinical relevance of this knowledge and the application to the live animal
  2. Be able to explain the care, management and handling of major species of veterinary importance, and demonstrate the practical ability to safely and effectively handle these species.
  3. Be able to describe the scientific basis of the body’s response to disease, immunology and general pathology and how these changes relate to clinical presentations
  4. A basic understanding of how the identification and description of pathological changes at molecular, cellular and tissue levels relate to the aetiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and prognosis of disease
  5. Be able to identify the major microorganisms and pathogens of animals covered within this unit and explain the diseases they cause, the mechanisms by which they cause disease, their modes of transmission, epidemiology, control and importance to veterinary practice and public health

Teaching details

Problem-based learning; facilitated small group activities

Scaffolding Lectures

Practical classes

Technology enhanced learning

Assessment Details

Coursework. Students will be required to complete coursework. This will involve participation in group work (must attend and engage) as well as written work.

Formative Assessment. Students will have formative assessment in the unit. For example: questions presented in lectures (eg using Turning Point), and / or on Blackboard; and verbally during discussion of coursework.

Mid-sessional Examination.

This will be a computer based multiple choice examination. (20%)

End of Unit Examination.

This will comprise:

Computer based multiple choice examination. (40%)

Short answer questions. (40%)

Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) – must pass.

Assessments will be mapped to the curriculum and will examine the intended learning outcomes.

Passing Animal Systems 1 is a requirement for progression into year 2.

There will be an opportunity to re-sit the end of unit examination during the Faculty re-sit period.

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