ACE1044 : Introduction to Animal Physiology
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Miguel Velazquez
- Lecturer: Dr Andrew Beard, Dr Abdul Chaudhry, Dr Jonathan Guy
- Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
To provide a broad understanding of mammalian physiology with particular reference to domestic animals (farm and companion animals). A systems based approach will be used to explain the contribution of various systems to the maintenance of the internal environment of the body of animals. Therefore, homeostasis and the link between structure and function will provide the core themes of the module, around which the syllabus is built. The physiological mechanisms that allow body systems to perform their functions in mammals and the marriage of form with function will be examined in lectures and practicals.
Outline Of Syllabus
General structure of tissues, form and function
The internal environment, movement across membranes
Nervous system: central nervous system, peripheral nerves, autonomic nervous system
The action potential and transmission of nerve impulses along axons and across synapses
Muscular system: voluntary/skeletal, involuntary/smooth, cardiac
Mechanism of Muscle contraction
Feedback mechanisms (negative and positive feedback loops), the Hypothalamus and pituitary,
and brief examples of functions
Through the practicals, students will gain experience of studies of animal physiology and investigations with post-mortem material from domestic animals.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||2||6:00||12:00||Preparation of practical reports|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||12:00||12:00||Revision and completion of Semester 1 examination|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||20||1:00||20:00||Introduce the vocabulary of physiology and principles of physiology in domestic animals.|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||2||3:00||6:00||Help students to understand the concepts, techniques and methods of mammalian physiology.|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||25:00||25:00||Background reading on module topics|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||25:00||25:00||Writing up lecture and practical notes|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures deliver the factual information on the morphology and physiology (basic knowledge outcomes).
The lectures introduce the vocabulary of physiology, describe the principles of physiology and anatomy, the specific role of various systems within the body and the mechanisms involved in these functions. Practicals reinforce the lectures and allow students to develop skills in handling post mortem material and data collection (skills outcomes).
The associated practical reports will develop skills in the drawing of experimental material, data presentation, analysis and critical discussion.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|PC Examination||120||2||A||70||Final exam as MCQ and simple answer questions.|
|Practical/lab report||2||M||30||Practicals help students understand the concepts & techniques of animal physiology. (2 reports, 1000 words/15% each)|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The examination tests the knowledge and understanding of information delivered in lectures and practicals (knowledge outcomes).
The practical reports assess the students skills in the drawing of experimental material, data collection, presentation and critical discussion (skills outcomes).