Module Identifier RSM0510  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Mr Sebastian D McBride  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Lecture   11 Hours 11 x 1 hour lectures  
  Practical   6 Hours 2 x 2 hour dissections; 1 x 2 hour live horse practical  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam3 Hours Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5  70%
Semester Assessment Practical write-up Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5  30%

Learning outcomes

On completion of the module students should be able to:

Brief description

This module will be presented as a lecture course with two dissections and one live horse practical, which complement the lecture material. Content: Classification and evolution of the equid. Examination of the evolution of the skeletal structure of the head, cardiovascular, respiratory and locomotory systems. Skeletal anatomy, muscle structure, and function specifically related to movement.


This module aims to provide the student with a detailed understanding of the structures and functions of the head, the locomotory, cardiovascular and respiratory systems of the horse. This will be developed into an awareness of how the anatomy of the horse withstands physical strain, recognition of early signs of excessive stress and the structural limitations to performance. Gait analysis techniques will be covered, with the application of these for the selection of suitable animals for different activities. A basic coverage of equine evolution will be included. The knowledge gained in this module will form the basis of understanding for much of the veterinary science module delivered later in the scheme.

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

Burkitt H G, Young B and Heath J W (1993) Wheater's functional histology 3rd. Churchill Livingston
Pollitt C C (1995) Colour atlas of the horse's foot Mosby-Wolfe
Ashdown, R D (1987) Colour Alas of Veterinary Medicine Vol 2 The Horse
Frandson, R D (1981) Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals Lea & Febiger
Goody, P C (1983) Horse Anatomy. A Pictorial Approach to Equine Structure J A Allen
Smyth, R H and Goody, P C (1975) The Horse Structure and Movement J A Allen & Co Ltd
Pratt & O'Connor (1983) Remarks on Gait Analysis Eq Ex Phys. Ed Snow Persson & Rose
Eisemann, V; Alberdi, M T; De Guili, C; and Stesche, U (1981)
Dyce, K M, Sack, W O and Wensing, C J G (1996) Textbook of veterinary anatomy 2nd. W B Saunders


This module is at CQFW Level 7