Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 2 x 1 hour lectures per week
Practical 5 x 3 hour practicals/demonstrations during semester


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Assignment  Outcomes 1, 2, 3  50%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   Outcomes 1, 2  50%
Supplementary Assessment 1.5 Hours   Examination 50%; Assignment 50%  Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  Outcomes 1-3  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Describe activities associated with specific aspects of the equine industry

2. Outline the history and development of the horse and the equine industry

3. Discuss the vocational activities offered by equine industry in order to order to inform a student'r own future career

Brief description

This module is based around structured lectures, demonstrations, guest speakers where various aspects of the equine industry are examined and compared. A range of different commercial organisations will be covered and may include, racing training, studs and allied individuals, veterinary laboratories, veterinary practice, equine sporting events, non-Thoroughbred breeding and/or training centres, and auction houses.


The module aims will be achieved by covering a variety of areas including:

  • Historical development of the use of the domesticated horse
  • Structure of the equine industry (governance, leading organisations etc.,)
  • Legislation and regulations that impact the equine industry
  • Competitive and sporting aspects of the equine industry
  • Allied industries, such as veterinary, farriery, pharmaceutical, therapy, dentistry, retail, horse sales
  • Introduction to equine welfare, ethics, legislation and the role of charities
  • Alternative commercial uses for the horse e.g. drug production (such as Premarin), meat, agricultural use
  • The existence and role of semi-feral horse populations
  • Identification of career development opportunities and the steps required to achieve these

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Written communication will be assessed through the coursework with feedback given. The demonstrations will develop social and verbal skills as students will be expected to contribute to discussion sessions. There is no formal assessment of verbal interaction as student questioning of lecturers, including of invited speakers, is difficult to quantify and qualify considering that questions will be spontaneous, dependent upon the individual student and the lecturer's presentation
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will receive written feedback on their coursework. Feedback in itself improves own learning so will not be assessed per se.
Information Technology The presentation of coursework (IT skills): the assignment will also be required to include figures and tables which must be correctly presented using appropriate manipulation of computer programmes. Feedback will be given.
Personal Development and Career planning Industry contacts will be made during the module and students will be required through their coursework to identify career opportunities. Written feedback given on the coursework will directly relate to their knowledge of career opportunities
Problem solving
Research skills Students will gain research experience by researching literature and questioning visiting speakers and enterprise representatives in order to complete the coursework. Detailed, written feedback will be given on the course work.
Subject Specific Skills Knowledge of the equine industry in order to inform the student's knowledge of career opportunities
Team work


This module is at CQFW Level 4