Module title: Veterinary Pathology

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: VET08104
Module leader: Clare Taylor
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Animal and Plant Science

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2020/1, Trimester 1, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Clare Taylor
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
For the purpose of Napier University Academic Regulations this module is a SNMSC Theory module.

Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
Core material will be presented to students via lectures and tutorials. Supporting material and directed private study will be provded via the VLE (all Learning Outcomes). The importance of pathology in relation to the nursing care of patients in practice will be embedded throughout the module, with particular reference to cases seen whilst on placement. (Learning Outcomes 2-5). Case studies, group work, problem solving and presentations will take place throughout the module.

Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills
Academic and information literacy will be encouraged through directed learning.

This module covers elements of the RCVS Professional Syllabus 2010 (LANTA National Occupational standards Unit Number RVN 3, 15, 29 & 30 and provides underpinning knowledge for RCVS Day one skills for veterinary nurses Section 5, 17, 22, 23

Research/ teaching linkages
Up to date information will be provided throughout the module. Links and sources of further information will be provi

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will take place both during face to face classes periodically throughout the term, and weekly on the VLE, thus enabling students to monitor their own progress and identify their own strengths and weaknesses. On the VLE students are able to complete online multiple choice assessments for which they are provided with feedback.

Summative Assessment:
1. 2000 word essay – students will write an essay examining the pathology and clinical consequences of diseases affecting a specific body system. (LOs 3-5). Students will be expected to accurately reference, demonstrate knowledge of the subject and apply theory to practice
2. 2 hour written exam paper, containing 10 short answer questions covering all Learning Outcomes.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 26
Face To Face Tutorial 13
Online Guided independent study 39
Independent Learning Guided independent study 120
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 30 3,4 & 5 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 70 1-5 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The underlying principles of disease processes, basic microbiology, immunology, infectious and non-infectious diseases. Diseases affecting specific body systems will be examined including the gastrointestinal, respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, urinary, reproductive, musculoskeletal, nervous systems, skin and oncology. This module covers elements of the RCVS Professional Syllabus 2010 and LANTRA National Occupational Standards Unit Number RVN 3, 15, 29 & 30.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Classify disease conditions according to the inciting agent
LO2: Examine epidemiology of specific diseases affecting cats, dogs and exotic species
LO3: Develop insight into the pathological processes involved in common diseases of cats, dogs and exotic species seen in small animal veterinary practice
LO4: Discuss pathological processes underlying common diseases of cats, dogs and exotic species.
LO5: Describe the clinical nursing consequences of disease processes

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