Postgraduate Course: Principles of Applied Animal Behaviour (AWAB11043)
|School||Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will provide students with a solid foundation of theoretical concepts which will be used throughout the Clinical Animal Behaviour programme.
This course introduces the theoretical concepts that underpin the professional field of Clinical Animal Behaviour, drawn from disciplines of ethology, psychology, anatomy, neurophysiology and psychopharmacology.
¿Critically appraise our current understanding of the ethology of vertebrate domestic animals including perceptual abilities, cognition, normal behaviour and communication, social learning and the process of domestication to include artificial selection.
¿Critically evaluate key principles underlying behavioural ontogeny; including sensitive periods, socialisation and attachment theory in order to communicate evidence based practice to others.
¿Critically evaluate the influences and interaction between ¿nature¿ and ¿nurture¿ in the development of behavioural disorders for a range of the most commonly kept domestic animals. Be able to debate this with your peers and produce preventative guidance for the general public
¿Demonstrate an understanding of the theory of animal learning relating to associative and non-associative processes
¿Examine the functional anatomy and physiology of the vertebrate nervous and endocrine systems including their role in mediating behaviour, the role of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical axis and the anatomy and physiology of pain.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Online in-course assessments will incorporate a variety of activities constituting 100% of the overall course mark. These in-course assessments provide the opportunity to give students feedback on their performance during the course, and will include:
Reflective Review 50%
Client advice assessment 50%
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the concepts and processes underpinning Tinbergen¿s four questions and their application to animal behaviour
- Communicate complex concepts from the relevant scientific literature to a range of audiences
- Debate complex issues relevant to the field of clinical animal behaviour with others and make informed judgements on best practice where guidance is lacking within the literature
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Animal Behaviour,Motivation,Cognition,Learning Theory,Neural mechanisms,Stress.
|Course organiser||Dr Verity Bowell
Tel: (0131 6)50 6259
|Course secretary||Mrs Angela Harding
Tel: (0131 6)51 7363