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

Postgraduate Course: Biology of suffering (AWAB11015)

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
SummaryThe importance of an understanding of the basic biological mechanisms relating to animal suffering will be highlighted. Then the students will learn what is meant by stress and the relationship between stress and animal welfare. Attention will be given to physiological and behavioural responses to a range of stressors, pain in particular. The course will discuss the scientific measurement of these responses and how they can be used practically in animal welfare assessment.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Assumed knowledge before course starts:
Basic principles of endocrinology
-Major endocrine organs
-Type of hormones and biological action
-Hormones receptors and function
-Basic of hormonal release and regulation
Basic principles of neural organisation
-Basic neurophysiology
-Nerve impulses, synapses and neurotransmitters
-Motor system
-Basic brain and neural anatomy
Additional Costs none
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 41, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, External Visit Hours 5, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 20, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 126 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) 67% written essay 33% exam
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 33 %, Coursework 67 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) assignments and exam
Feedback For this course students are given formative assignments in the form of a self-directed activity (quiz).
Summative assignments are: an essay, a research proposal and an exam.
Written feedback will be given for the essay and the research proposal and also, on request, for the exam.
Marks and feedback will be given within 15 working days (25 days over the Christmas period).
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Biology of suffering2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the basic biological mechanisms of animal suffering, including pain perception, and apply this knowledge to the assessment of animal welfare.
  2. Be able to discuss and communicate how stress relates to animal welfare.
  3. Apply important methodological, ethical and practical thinking to the assessment of animal welfare.
  4. Understand the behavioural and physiological response to acute and chronic stressors.
  5. Be able to critically appraise scientific literature, and to integrate and communicate basic behavioural and neurophysiological knowledge in relation to animal welfare.
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Course organiserDr Tamsin Coombs
Course secretaryMs Natalie Honeyman
Tel: (0131 6)51 3194
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