Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Neurology, ophthalmology and special senses
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment .5 Hours   in-class written test  20%
Semester Exam .16 Hours   Oral exam  20%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   Exam  exam period assessment  60%
Supplementary Exam .16 Hours   Oral exam  40%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   resit exam  60%

Learning Outcomes

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

Present an overview of the anatomy and development of the central and peripheral nervous system, eye and ear in domestic animals.

Describe the generation of nerve signals and the integration of inputs and outputs of the nervous system to allow the animal to sense and control its internal and external environment, communicate, and move properly

Discuss the microscopic structure of the nervous system, allowing an appreciation of function.

Brief description

This module concentrates on the commonalities of nervous system structure and function, highlighting key aspects that relate to co-ordination of movement and specialised sensory functions in animals.
The module will lead to understanding of how signals and stimuli are transmitted, received, processed and integrated through the nervous system. In summary, students will gain an extensive understanding of how signals and stimuli are received, processed and integrated nervous system responses transmitted.

The module is visited early in Year 1 to introduce the nervous system, which links to almost all other body systems via their innervation and control. The module is revisited again near the end of Year 1 with a deeper look at the special sense organs, recap of the neurological system, and introduction to pathology of this system.


This module will provide an introduction to the key anatomical, physiological and biochemical concepts that result in the normal functions of animals’ nervous systems. Specific focus will be given to the generation of nerve signals in relation to a range of senses, movement control and other responses. The module will also discuss the developmental biology of these cells and tissues, in a section on embryology.
Employing lectures, anatomical practicals and small group learning seminars to educate students in this area, this module’s content will be the foundation of the Neurology, ophthalmology and special senses strand which will be revisited to later in the degree. This module links to all other body systems in terms of understanding their innervation and control. Specifically, in Year 1 students will study links to the locomotor system (in terms of sensory and motor innervation of muscles); the alimentary and cardiorespiratory systems (in terms of autonomic nervous control, movement of ingesta, and maintenance of vital functions); the urogenital systems (in terms of the somatic and autonomic functions of these systems); and the integument (in terms

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
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.
The coursework and 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 both the examination and coursework. Feedback on this will be given for the coursework.
Small group learning will encourage students to communicate, assess and present information as a team. This aspect is not assessed.
During the module, students will gain knowledge of veterinary terminology and anatomical locations.
Accessing the web for reliable information sources and using databases to find literature in preparation for the coursework and the exam. Presentation of coursework will be assessed, which should be prepared on a computer and feedback on this aspect will be given.
Students will develop effective written and oral communication skills in the examination where these will be assessed. Feedback for this coursework will be given.
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. Students will have contact with veterinary surgeons and biology researchers providing insight into these sectors. This aspect is not assessed.
Small group learning/Practical classes and exams will involve problem solving.


This module is at CQFW Level 4