Module Information

Module Identifier
RD16910
Module Title
Equine Performance Science
Academic Year
2015/2016
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 2
External Examiners
  • Dr Helen E Moreton (Senior Lecturer - Royal Agricultural University (RAU))
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Practical 1 x 1 Hour Practical
Practical 1 x 2 Hour Practical
Practical 1 x 3 Hour Practical
Lecture 22 x 1 Hour Lectures
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   50%
Semester Assessment Coursework project  50%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of written assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  50%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   Students must take elements of written assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Describe the physiology of exercise and training.

2. Investigate the selection and training of the equine athlete.

3. Recognise how the equine athlete can compete safely under differing conditions.

Brief description

This module will provide an understanding of exercise physiology and the effects of exercise and training upon specific body systems and ultimately in the successful management of the performance horse. It will also focus on the design of appropriate fitness regimes with due regard for the adaptive responses required by different activities. The module will also address criteria for selecting equine athletes. An introduction to common injuries and causes of poor performance will also be studied.

Aims

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Describe the physiology of exercise and training.
2. Investigate the selection and training of the equine athlete.
3. Recognise how the equine athlete can compete safely under differing conditions.

Content

The module will a cover selection of equine athletes, the principles of training and the effects of exercise, training and fatigue on specific body systems as well as causes of poor performance. A variety of practicals may be included, for example, determining fitness of different horses using recovery heart rates, and/or dissection of selected organs to evaluate anatomy and physiology from an exercise perspective.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Practical to collect equine heart rate data will require analysis using MS Excel.
Communication Writing skills will be developed and assessed through the examination and coursework essay.
Improving own Learning and Performance Detailed, written, feedback will be given on the coursework essay.
Information Technology Coursework will be word processed, practical to collect equine heart rate data will require analysis using MS Excel.
Personal Development and Career planning
Problem solving
Research skills Coursework essay is required to be fully referenced from a range of published sources, developing skills of research, in terms of utilizing databases and search engines and subsequent selection of appropriate material.
Subject Specific Skills Dissection of key organs in order to understand equine biology related to the athletic performance.
Team work The incorporation of an element of group work during practicals will develop students' ability to work as a team.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 4