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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies : Animal Welfare and Animal Behaviour

Postgraduate Course: Introduction to Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare (AWAB11014)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaAnimal Welfare and Animal Behaviour Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis module will demonstrate how the study of behaviour can be applied to animal welfare. The module will also provide an understanding of the application of behaviour to common practical problems. The second part of this module will give the basis of current issues relating to animal welfare. The development of UK/EU animal welfare legislation will be put in a global context. Animal welfare will be discussed from an economics perspective and in the context of global trade issues. Emerging issues will also be tackled.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Previous education in animal behaviour will be an asset but note that the course does aim to recap on basic principles in order to provide a starting point for other courses which deal with behavioural science in more detail.
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Block 1 (Sem 1), Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 52, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 7, External Visit Hours 9, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Revision Session Hours 20, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 109 )
Additional Notes 80% written essays 20% oral presentation
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 80 %, Practical Exam 20 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
-Understand the principles of animal behaviour science and how different aspects of behavioural science interrelate.
-Understand the influence of evolution on behaviour and development of behavioural strategies on behaviour, and the practical significance of behavioural genetics.
-Understand the influence of behavioural development including the interaction between genes and environment as they affect behavioural development through >early experiences< and the role of learning.
-Understand the concept of animal motivation, its limitations and uses in practical research on animal welfare.
-Understand how different aspects of behavioural science can be integrated to study a problem such as the significance and alleviation of abnormal stereotypic behaviour in confined animals.
-Understand that animal welfare is multi-dimensional involving a number of societal and scientific aspects.
-Begin to consider the role that science can play in the animal welfare debate (on-going through the course).
-Understand basic economic principles that apply to animal welfare issues.
-Understand the development of UK and EU legislation aimed at protecting animal welfare and its potential impact on animal uses.
-Understand how international trade can affect animal welfare (eg how World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules apply to animal welfare).
-Be aware that animal welfare is a continually evolving issues (eg consider the specific emerging issues of animal welfare in developing countries and animal genetics).
Assessment Information
in class assignments
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Course organiserDr Susan Jarvis
Tel: (0131 6)51 7326
Course secretaryMrs Willie Van-Wijde
Tel: (0131 6)51 3914
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