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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies : Equine Science

Postgraduate Course: Equitation Science (EQSC11033)

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 areaEquine Science Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionEquitation science promotes an objective, evidence-based understanding of the welfare of horses during training and competition by applying valid, quantitative scientific methods that can identify training techniques which are ineffective or may result in problems with equine welfare.

The course is designed to further develop the student┐s scientific skills and ability to utilise scientific theory in Equitation Science.

There is an emerging recognition of the importance of the integration of underpinning scientific principles of learning in equitation and recognition that this can both enhance the performance and improve the welfare of competition horses.

Two aspects of the emerging discipline of Equitation Science are crucial to the improvement of equine welfare. Firstly, the underpinning of both horse and human/rider training with learning theory and, secondly, the use of technology to provide objective data for traditionally subjective measures (eg. saddle pressures, rein tension/contact, stride length, weight distribution). There is a clear need for tertiary level Equitation Science education in order to produce graduates capable encouraging sound ethical practice and scientific rigour within the equine sector.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Flexible, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 14/04/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
- Explain the importance of developing and applying an evidence based approach in equitation
- Critically appraise the different elements of learning theory as applied to the training and use of equines in their interaction with humans.
- Evaluate the effects of the human/rider on the training and welfare of equines.
- Assess various techniques and technology used in the objective measurement of the impact of training methods, equipment and humans on horses including measurement of: saddle pressures, rein tension/contact, stride length, weight distribution and judging.
Assessment Information
Essay/reflective account (50%)
Poster/PowerPoint presentation (50%)
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsEquitation science
Contacts
Course organiserProf Natalie Waran
Tel: (0131 6)51 7437
Email: Natalie.Waran@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMrs Elizabeth Wright
Tel: (0131 6)51 7363
Email: E.Wright@ed.ac.uk
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