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This subject continues with an integrated and inter-disciplinary approach to the study of organ function and dysfunction in animals. Building on students’ prior knowledge of organ function and dysfunction and their experience of scientific and clinical reasoning, this subject introduces students to the structure and normal functioning of the reproductive, nervous and endocrine systems, and to the principles of dysfunction of these systems. Students will be introduced to the clinical disciplines of pharmacology and therapeutics, diagnostic imaging and clinical pathology as they relate to these systems. 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
At the completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Appreciate the roles of the disciplines of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, biochemistry and pathology in the analysis of animal structure, function and dysfunction
- Describe the structure and function of the reproductive and neuroendocrine systems
- Explain the processes by which normal function may be disrupted in these body systems, and predict the outcomes of these perturbations for normal function of the animal
- Apply and integrate an understanding of principles of organ function and dysfunction to cases involving multi-organ perturbation
- Use data acquired from clinical observation as well as understanding of organ function and dysfunction, to explain mechanisms of disease processes
At the completion of 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: 2 December 2019