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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
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
Course description Not entered
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.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 1 (Sem 1)
Timetable Timetable
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 Information (Learning and Teaching) 80% written essays 20% oral presentation
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) in class assignments
Feedback For this course students are asked to submit one formative assignment, which is a written piece of work. Written feedback will be provided.
Summative assignments are two essays and a report.
Marks and feedback will be given within 15 working days (25 days over the Christmas period).
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand that animal welfare is multi-dimensional involving a number of societal and scientific aspects and that different aspects of behavioural science can be integrated to study a probem.
  2. Understand the influence of development (including early experiences and learning), evolution and artificial breeding on expression of behaviour.
  3. Understand the concept of animal motivation, its limitations and uses in practical research on animal welfare.
  4. Understand, integrate and apply knowledge on the basic economic, ethical and legal principles that apply to animal welfare issues and how animal welfare interacts with international trade and environmental sustainability.
  5. Critically review scientific research and consider the role that science has within animal welfare, partly by carrying out group-based research to investigate particular issues and to develop ideas about potential solutions using scientific evidence.
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Course organiserDr Tamsin Coombs
Course secretaryMs Natalie Honeyman
Tel: (0131 6)51 3194
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