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Unit information: Animal Health Science 2 in 2021/22

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Unit name Animal Health Science 2
Unit code VETS20014
Credit points 0
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Townsend
Open unit status Not open

Completion of BVSc 1


All other units in BVSc 2

School/department Bristol Veterinary School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

This unit explores the integrated structure and function of body systems in two elements ‘Musculoskeletal’, ‘Neurological and associated systems’ and has a final short element on ‘Exotic Species’. The unit aims to:

  • Provide students with knowledge of healthy body structures and their function
  • Enable students to understand mechanisms which govern the functions of body systems and control
  • Provide a basic knowledge of the body structure and function of small mammals and exotic species
  • Link the underpinning science of animal health to pathological processes and clinical cases as appropriate
  • Develop students’ capacity for lifelong learning and to foster an understanding of the importance of basic science in clinical practice

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the unit students will:

  • Understand the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system
  • Understand the structure and function of the neurological and associated systems
  • Have integrated their knowledge of the structure and function of the musculoskeletal and the neurological and associated systems for common domestic species
  • Appreciate the relationships between the systems, the clinical relevance of this knowledge and the application to the live animal
  • Understand basic aspects of structure and function of small mammals and the more commonly encountered exotic species

Teaching Information

  • Lectures
  • Practical classes
  • Individual and group work on Directed Self-Education (DSE) task(s)
  • Facilitated small and large group activities
  • Technology enhanced learning

Assessment Information

Formative assessment: Students will sit a formative mid-sessional examination in January consisting of a written/computer-based examination to test knowledge, understanding, data interpretation and problem solving skills. Students will have regular formative assessment throughout the unit with questions presented in lectures (e.g. using TurningPoint) and / or available online via Blackboard. Students will receive guidance and feedback on coursework, including eBiolabs and DSE tasks.

Summative assessment: Students will sit a written examination at the end of the year consisting of two written/computer-based papers. These will test knowledge and understanding of material covered in the Animal Health Science 2 elements, as well as interpretation and problem solving skills.

Coursework will include one DSE task related to the elements covered, and pre- and post-practical tests in eBiolabs.

The overall unit mark is made up of:

  • End of Year Written/computer-based paper 1 - 45%
  • End of Year Written/computer-based paper 2 - 45%
  • Directed Self Education (DSE) - 10%
  • eBiolabs - must pass

Note: Students will be provided with more information about the DSE task in the unit handbook and / or by the unit organiser at the start of the academic year.

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

Passing AHS2 is a requirement for progression to Year 3.

There will be an opportunity to re-sit the examinations during the resit period. A resit opportunity for eBioLabs tasks will be provided.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.