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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies : Equine Science

Postgraduate Course: Equine Exercise Physiology (EQSC11052)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAnatomy and physiology of the major implicated systems and their adaptation to exercise in the horse are presented, and students will learn to apply this knowledge to cases of poor performance. Furthermore, this acts as a basis for evaluation of training regimes across a range of equestrian disciplines. Understanding of and ability to apply methods of assessing and monitoring performance will also be developed. This will allow the student to critically assess, evaluate and problem solve in the context of equine athletic performance.
Course description This course will provide students with a detailed understanding of equine exercise physiology and the adaptations that occur in response to athletic function. It will also focus on applying this knowledge to assessing the suitability of various training regimes for all classes of the equine athlete and various methods of assessing and monitoring performance and potential performance in the horse. Consideration will also be given to the health and impact of ill-health on the performance horse and the evaluation of the current research in this area of equine science.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 05/08/2024
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Performance Review (50%)
Training Essay (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. Demonstrate a critical understanding of a range of specialised theories, concepts and principles of equine exercise physiology, which focuses on physiological response to athletic function.
  2. Apply knowledge, skills and understanding using a range of standard and specialised research and techniques of enquiry focused on equine exercise physiology related to equine performance.
  3. Critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge and thinking in relation to a range of forefront issues focused on equine exercise physiology, such as aspects which impact either negatively or positively on equine performance.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserMs Victoria Lindsay-McGee
Tel: (0131 6)51 7300
Course secretaryMs Stephanie Easton
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