Postgraduate Course: Introduction to Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare (AWAB11014)
|School||Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This 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)
||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?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1)
||Block 1 (Sem 1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
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
|Additional Information (Learning and Teaching)
80% written essays 20% oral presentation
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||in class assignments
||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
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- 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.
- Understand the influence of development (including early experiences and learning), evolution and artificial breeding on expression of behaviour.
- Understand the concept of animal motivation, its limitations and uses in practical research on animal welfare.
- 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.
- 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.
|Course organiser||Dr Tamsin Coombs
|Course secretary||Ms Natalie Honeyman
Tel: (0131 6)51 3194
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