Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Digestive Physiology and Metabolism VETSCI1006

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Biodiversity One Health Vet Med
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course provides a detailed introduction to the digestive system, the digestive processes and metabolic pathways involved in digestion and energy production and discussed the endocrine control of digestion and metabolism in domestic animals.



Requirements of Entry

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Excluded Courses




This will include a written exam (80%) plus a data interpretation question (10%) and short answer questions (2 questions total, 5% each).

Main Assessment In: December

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aim of the course is to:

■ Provide an overview of the underlying science of gastrointestinal physiology and metabolism in animals

covering important metabolic pathways, digestive physiology and endocrine control of anabolism and catabolism.

■ To provide an understanding of the nervous and endocrine systems with particular emphasis on the autonomic nervous system and its pharmacology with relevance to the control of the digestive tract.

■ To provide an understanding of the underlying science of gastrointestinal physiology and metabolism in animals, covering important metabolic pathways and their biochemical basis, digestive physiology and endocrine control of anabolism and catabolism.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Explain how mammalian cells generate and utilise energy from a variety of substrates and metabolites

2. Describe the digestive systems and processes present in common domestic and companion animal and how they function to provide the necessary substrates for cell metabolism.

3. Describe how digestion, energy partitioning and metabolism are integrated between tissues: liver, muscle, brain, adipose tissue

4. Describe how GI function, digestion, energy partitioning and metabolism are regulated by endocrine factors and neural systems

5. Interpret tabular and graphical data given in data interpretation question format

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course summative assessment.