Module Identifier RS11310  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Mr Sebastian D McBride  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Lecture   22 Hours 22 x 1 hour lectures  
  Practical   12 Hours 4 x 3 hour practicals  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam1.5 Hours Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4  60%
Semester Assessment Dissection-based coursework Outcomes assessed: 1, 2  40%
Supplementary Assessment Candidates will be re-take the element(s) of assesment that led to failure of the module.  100%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. To impart an understanding of equine structure and its effect on movement.
2. To impart an understanding of how the horse perceives its environment and the limitations this presents.
3. To understand the structure and function of the equine head.
4. To understand how and why the horse has evolved the characteristics of today''s modern equid.

Brief description

This module is the foundation block for later studies into equine exercise physiology, focussing on equine gross anatomy, skeletal and muscular function and sensory perception of the horse.


This course is designed to investigate the gross anatomy of the horse both in terms of morphology and function. To investigate the functions of all the major body organs, including the superficial and deep muscle blocks, skeletal structures and functions, the foot, the cardio-vascular system, the respiratory system, and the auditory and visual systems..

? To recognise and identify the major anatomical structures and systems within the horse.
? To relate and understand the function of the major anatomical structures and systems within the horse.

Transferable skills

.1 Independent project work
This will be developed by the assignment

.2 IT and information handling
To complete the written assignment students will have to obtain information from a variety of sources including books and web sites. This will involve the use of IT to compile the finished report as well as retrieve relevant information (e.g. Voyager).

.4 Writing in an academic context
Students will be required to present information precisely and concisely in a clear and informative manner. The assignment will require all source material to be fully referenced.

.7 Self-management
Students will have to manage their own time in developing their assignment.

.8 Group activity
Students will have to manage themselves individually and as a group to collate various pieces of information during the dissection practicals.

Reading Lists

Adams (1987) Lameness in the horse 4th.
Ashdown, R D (1987) Colour atlas of veterinary medicine. Volume 2 The Horse
Bone (1988) Animal anatomy and physiology 3rd.
Budras, Sack and Rock (1994) Anatomy of the horse
Dyce, K M, Sack, W O and Wensing, C J G (1996) Textbook of veterinary anatomy 2nd. W B Saunders
Frandson, R D (1981) Anatomy and physiology of farm animals Lea & Febiger
Goody, P C (1983) Horse anatomy. A pictorial appraoch to equine structure J A Allen
Pollitt, C C (1995) Colour atlas of the horse's foot Mosby-Wolfe
Riegel, R J and Hakola S E (1996) Illustrated atlas of clinical equine anatomy and common disorders of the horse
Sisson and Grossman (1975) The anatomy of the domestic animals 5th.
Smyth, R H and Goody, P C (1975) The horse. Structure and movement J A Allen & Co Ltd

Web Page/Sites
http://numbat.murdoch/ head series/hheadl02/html


This module is at CQFW Level 4