Postgraduate Course: Animal cognition and consciousness (AWAB11016)
|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||Motivation, learning and cognition are all fields that provide an underpinning to the study of animal behaviour and animal welfare. The students will be presented with the scientific basis of these areas, with particular reference to animal welfare. This module will also focus on historical and current interpretations of the concept of animal consciousness as well as on experimental approaches to the study of animal consciousness. Implications of the study of animal consciousness for models of animal welfare will be studied as well as basic principles of the moral evaluation of animal use
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| none
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 42,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 7,
External Visit Hours 4,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Revision Session Hours 20,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Additional Information (Learning and Teaching)
50% essay 50% exam
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Assignments and exam.
||For this course students are given formative assignments in the form of a self-directed activity (quiz).
Summative assignments are: a presentation, an essay and an exam.
Written feedback will be given for the essays and also, on request, for the exam.
Marks and feedback will be given within 15 working days (25 days over the Christmas period).
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||Animal cognition and consciousness||1:10|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand how internal and external factors combine to produce motivated behaviour.
- Understand the methods used to assess animal motivation and how experiments in animal motivation have contributed to animal welfare science.
- Understand the basic types of learning and training and how to communicate this knowledge to different types of audience.
- Understand the concepts underlying animal cognition and to be able to critically review the scientific literature in this area.
- Understand the concepts of animal consciousness and be able to integrate and discuss scientific research and different philosophical approaches.
|Course organiser||Dr Tamsin Coombs
|Course secretary||Ms Natalie Honeyman
Tel: (0131 6)51 3194
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