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

Postgraduate Course: Equine Digestion and Nutrition (EQSC11053)

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 AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course covers physiology of digestion in the horse; evaluation of sources of nutrition; and application of nutritional strategies in equid management.
Course description This course will provide students with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of digestive physiology, evaluation of food sources, ration formulation and evaluation, and applied nutritional management. This course is research driven, evidence-based, and delivered by world-leading experts in the field of equid nutrition.

This fully online course is delivered in a flexible but structured format, providing opportunities to network, enhance skills, and prepare students to apply knowledge and understanding to real-life scenarios, which can enhance existing professional or amateur equine practice.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 1 (Sem 1)
Course Start Date 16/09/2024
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) Assessment 1: Equine Digestion Presentation (40% weighting).
Assessment 2: Scientific Ration Evaluation and Lay Illustration Infographic (60% weighting).
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 various diseases/disorders that can affect the gastrointestinal tract of equids.
  2. Apply knowledge, skills and understanding in applying a standard and specialised research, techniques, tools or enquiry to critically assess methods used to evaluate the nutritive value of feedstuffs or practical nutritional implications for equids.
  3. Apply critical analysis, evaluation, and synthesis, making informed judgements in relation to research/data, which focus on specified topics pertaining to equine digestion and nutrition.
  4. Communicate, using appropriate methods, to target audiences with different levels of knowledge/expertise, which include the anatomy of equids gastrointestinal tract, digestive physiology and its limitations in relation to nutrient digestion.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsEquine Nutrition,Equine Digestion,Feeding,Management
Course organiserDr Andrea Ellis
Course secretaryMs Stephanie Easton
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