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Semester 2 - Dual-Delivery
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This subject continues the integrated and inter-disciplinary approach to the study of organ function and dysfunction in animals that was introduced in year one of the DVM course. Building on students’ prior knowledge of body system function and dysfunction and their experience of scientific and clinical reasoning, this subject introduces students to the structure and normal functioning of the nervous, ocular and auditory systems, and to the principles of dysfunction of these systems. Students learn about pharmacology and therapeutics as they relate to this system. Using case-based teaching approaches, they will apply their understanding of organ and system function and dysfunction to authentic situations that enhance the development of integrative clinical reasoning abilities, and to analysis of cases that involve multiple organ perturbation.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Utilise knowledge of the structure, function and pathways of the nervous system in order to distinguish between normal and abnormal in animals and in tissues to explain causes, pathogenesis and effects of common diseases of the nervous system
- Interpret the results of a neurological examination including use of neurolocalising terms
- Apply an understanding of the mechanism of action of drugs that act on the nervous system to explain their clinical applications and adverse effects
- Work collaboratively, communicate effectively, and apply an understanding of nervous system structure and function in order to analyse and interpret clinical problems related to this system in animals
At the completion this subject, students should:
- Be able to examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines
- Have enhanced analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse subjects
- Have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems
- Be able to seek solutions to problems through the application of knowledge, the ability to initiate and integrate new ideas, an appreciation of the broad picture of science, and an understanding of the importance and application of scientific method.
Last updated: 8 May 2021