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Postgraduate Course: Equitation Science (EQSC11033)

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
SummaryEquitation 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.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements 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 Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
Course Start Date 17/04/2017
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Online Activities 36, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 160 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Essay/reflective account (50%)
Poster/PowerPoint presentation (50%)
Feedback Feedback is defined as information to students which allows them to review what they know, understand and can do in their studies. Feedback is also important to identify areas for improvement, for example course feedback surveys and a response from the equine science team to previous year's course survey are available on each course. Staff Student Liaison meetings are also another valuable way in which feedback from students can be received.

Opportunities for feedback arise during timetabled courses, for example during live session tutorials, discussion boards, emails, telephone communication and in person/on campus. Feedback can be provided on coursework assignments but also activities which are not formally assessed, for example class discussion on the discussion board, group exercise, problem-solving and developing project plans and proposals. A formative task is provided in each course which provides formative feedback prior to the student submitting their first piece of assessed course work.

All assignments, including the formative assessment, will be marked and feedback is provided within a period of fifteen working days (where possible) following the submission date (excluding holidays periods whereby the University of closed, e.g. over the Christmas period)
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Explain the importance of developing and applying an evidence based approach in equitation.
  2. Critically appraise the different elements of learning theory as applied to the training and use of equines in their interaction with humans.
  3. Evaluate the effects of the human/rider on the training and welfare of equines.
  4. 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.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsEquitation science
Course organiserMrs Bryony Waggett
Tel: (0131 6)50 8783
Course secretaryMrs Elizabeth Wright
Tel: (0131 6)51 7363
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