Module title: Comparative Anatomy and Physiology

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BMS07107
Module leader: David Smith
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Biomedical Science


2019/0, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Charlotte Chalmers
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The module is taught in weekly lectures (LOs 1-5) with appropriate laboratory classes used to investigate diversity in animal anatomy (LOs 1-5). These practical classes may be shared by students studying Veterinary Nursing to allow integration of student groups. A Moodle site will contain associated lecture material and links to further reading matter and other information.

Formative Assessment:
On-line quizzes with feedback, will be available to students to check their learning each week. The format of the quiz questions will reflect those in the final summative assessment.
Students submit a lab report using data supplied, they are then given detailed feedback on their reports which feeds into their summative lab report.

Summative Assessment:
An on-line quiz consisting of approximately 40 questions based on the lecture and laboratory material will be available for one week at the end of the semester. It will be an open book exercise and not time limited (LOs1-4)

A written lab report based on information and data collected at one of the practical classes undertaken (LO- 5).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Laboratory report 50 5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Digital Examination (not Centrally Timetabled) 50 1,2,3 & 4 15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module investigates aspects of anatomy and physiology from the evolutionary as well as functional perspectives. Following an initial survey of the overall diversity of animals we’ll focus on evolutionary trajectories of form, by surveying 5 key taxonomic classes. Functional physiology will also be investigated in an evolutionary way by looking at how physiological changes allow adaptation to novel evolutionary niches.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Identify animals to a broad taxonomic group and relate how these groupings are reflected in aspects of structure and function.
LO2: Recognise the similarities and differences between hydrostatic, exoskeletal and endoskeletal systems
LO3: Relate the evolutionary changes which result in specialised body systems
LO4: Outline the anatomy and physiology associated with oviparous and viviparous reproductive systems in different groups of animals
LO5: Collect and present quantitative data in a written laboratory report

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
BMS07107 Comparative Anatomy & Physiology