Postgraduate Course: Biology of suffering (AWAB11015)
|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||The 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||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
-Nerve impulses, synapses and neurotransmitters
-Basic brain and neural anatomy
|Additional Costs|| none
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
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
|Additional Information (Learning and Teaching)
67% written essay 33% 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: 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).
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand the basic biological mechanisms of animal suffering, including pain perception, and apply this knowledge to the assessment of animal welfare.
- Be able to discuss and communicate how stress relates to animal welfare.
- Apply important methodological, ethical and practical thinking to the assessment of animal welfare.
- Understand the behavioural and physiological response to acute and chronic stressors.
- Be able to critically appraise scientific literature, and to integrate and communicate basic behavioural and neurophysiological knowledge in relation to animal welfare.
|Course organiser||Dr Tamsin Coombs
|Course secretary||Ms Natalie Honeyman
Tel: (0131 6)51 3194