Postgraduate Course: Biology of Suffering (AWAB11047)
|School||Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting 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.
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|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 41,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 7,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 3,
External Visit Hours 4,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||For this course students are asked to submit one formative assignment, which may be a self-directed activity. Summative assignments may be a research proposal (60%) and a pain assessment essay (40%).
||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
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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||animal welfare,animal behaviour
|Course organiser||Dr Tamsin Coombs
|Course secretary||Ms Natalie Honeyman
Tel: (0131 6)51 3194