Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Locomotor and Skin Systems (year 2)
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Oral  10 Minutes  20%
Semester Assessment .5 Hours   In-class written test  20%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Written exam  60%
Supplementary Assessment Resit Oral  10 Minutes  20%
Supplementary Assessment .5 Hours   Resit In-class written test  20%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Resit Written exam  60%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Describe the basic vertebrate body design, including use of standard anatomic terminology, and show understanding of comparative differences in common domestic species with particular emphasis on the musculoskeletal system in the veterinary context.

Discuss the normal developmental and adult anatomy of the heart, great vessels and respiratory system in the common domestic species.

Describe the physiology and anatomy (both gross- and ultrastructural-) of the various tissues of the musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and integumentary systems, and their interactions with other body systems, in both normal function and examples of dysfunction (disease)

Describe the structure of the integument in veterinary species, relate structure to function, and begin to develop skills and knowledge in the examination and recognition of abnormal skin structure.

Brief description

This module builds upon the basic anatomical and functional understanding covered in your first year and explores the function of locomotor, cardiorespiratory and integumentary systems in more depth, including in the context of dysfunction (using common disease exemplars). Understanding of the normal structure and function will enable appreciation of the signs and effects of dysfunction in disease, and the principles of treatment. This module will also address the linkages between these critical systems and the rest of the body.


Combining practical anatomy classes with lectures and small group teaching, this module examines in greater depth the physiology of the respiratory, cardiovascular, skin and locomotor systems, both in normal function and in the context of common conditions of these systems encountered in veterinary general practice.
Within the cardiovascular and respiratory topics, the normal structure and function of these closely related systems will be revisited in greater depth, with exploration of the signs and effects of dysfunction. In the locomotor system, structure and function are also expanded upon, with additional context including fracture healing, musculoskeletal conditions, and lameness. In skin, this module continues the study of the integument introduced at the end of Year 1, of the skin as a metabolic organ, barrier and microhabitat. Students will apply their knowledge of normal structure and function in clinical examples. Throughout, linkages between these systems and others will be explored to provide an multi-faceted appreciation of how body systems function as a whole.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Adaptability and resilience Outside the formal contact hours, students will be expected to research materials, manage time and meet deadlines for the coursework and exam. This aspect is not assessed.
Co-ordinating with others Small group learning will encourage students to communicate, assess and present information as a team. This aspect is not assessed.
Creative Problem Solving Small group learning/Practical classes and exams will involve problem solving.
Critical and analytical thinking The exam will require students to research topics beyond the depth and scope of the lecture material. Information from a variety of sources will be used. Research skills will be assessed in the examination.
Digital capability Accessing the web for reliable information sources and using databases to find literature in preparation for the coursework and the exam. These will not be directed assessed.
Professional communication Students will develop effective written communication skills in the examination, where these will be assessed. Feedback for this will be offered.
Real world sense Students will have contact with veterinary surgeons and biology researchers providing insight into these sectors. This aspect is not assessed.
Subject Specific Skills During the module, students will gain knowledge of veterinary terminology and anatomical locations assessed in exams.


This module is at CQFW Level 5