This unit will further develop student's understanding of animal cells and how they interact in whole animals and how energy from food is used to facilitate cellular function. Further investigation of cellular structure that facilitates this function will form as an introduction to the focus of the unit which is to develop understanding of metabolism in cells and whole animals. An introduction to the contribution of the endocrine system to homeostasis of animals via their effects on animal metabolism and physiology will also be described. An understanding of commonly occurring disturbances to the production or action of hormones will be developed with clinical material being used to illustrate normal structure and function. The ultimate objective of this unit is to enable students to utilise biochemical, observational and animal pathology to propose the underlying basis of metabolic or other non-infectious disease and consider opportunities for intervention to restore homeostasis.
39 hours of lectures per semester, 7 hours of practicals per semester, 4 hours of tutorials per semester
Intra-semester: one exam (25%) end of semester; one 2-hour written exam (60%) other: one cytology group learning exercise (15%)
VETS1032 Animal Energetics and Homeostasis of Study outline and practical class manual
HSC level chemistry and/or biology would be an advantage