Postgraduate Course: Introduction to Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare (AWAB11048)
|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||This module will demonstrate how the study of behaviour can be applied to animal welfare. The module will also provide an understanding of the application of behaviour to common practical problems. The second part of this module will give the basis of current issues relating to animal welfare. The development of UK/EU animal welfare legislation will be put in a global context. Animal welfare will be discussed from an economics perspective and in the context of global trade issues. Emerging issues will also be tackled.
This module will demonstrate how the study of behaviour can be applied to animal welfare. The module will also provide an understanding of the application of behaviour to common practical problems. The second part of this module will give the basis of current issues relating to animal welfare. The development of UK/EU animal welfare legislation will be put in a global context. Animal welfare will be discussed from an economics perspective and in the context of global trade issues. Emerging issues will also be tackled.
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 50,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5,
External Visit Hours 8,
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 written piece of work. Summative assignments may include two essays (worth 30% each) and a report (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:
- Understand that animal welfare is multi-dimensional involving a number of societal and scientific aspects and that different aspects of behavioural science can be integrated to study a probem.
- Understand the influence of development (including early experiences and learning), evolution and artificial breeding on expression of behaviour.
- Understand the concept of animal motivation, its limitations and uses in practical research on animal welfare.
- Understand, integrate and apply knowledge on the basic economic, ethical and legal principles that apply to animal welfare issues and how animal welfare interacts with international trade and environmental sustainability.
- Critically review scientific research and consider the role that science has within animal welfare, partly by carrying out group-based research to investigate particular issues and to develop ideas about potential solutions using scientific evidence.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||animal behaviour,animal welfare
|Course organiser||Dr Tamsin Coombs
|Course secretary||Ms Natalie Honeyman
Tel: (0131 6)51 3194