Module Information

Module Identifier
RD11210
Module Title
Animal Science
Academic Year
2018/2019
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 2
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery

 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Animal welfare assignment.  40%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   60%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  40%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours     Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  60%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Explain the principles of digestion, nutrients and nutrition.

2. Explain the relevant components of the structure and function of the mammalian body as far as they apply to domestic farm animals and horses.

3. Explain the inter-relationship between environment, health and management in the expression and control of disease in farm animals.

4. Outline the current areas of concern involving animal welfare issues.

Brief description

This module aims to provide the underpinning scientific knowledge which is appropriate to an understanding of effective livestock and equine husbandry. It provides an introduction to the fundamental principles of animal science related to the relevant areas of anatomy, physiology, reproduction, structure and function of the udder, the hormonal control of lactation, animal health and issues concerned with animal welfare.

Content

For a range of livestock and horses, the module will discuss the physiology of lactation, the musculo-skeletal system, the cardiovascular-respiratory system, the digestive tract and homeostasis. Additional lectures will discuss viral, bacterial, fungal and protozoal diseases of livestock and horses. The welfare of these classes of animals will also be discussed.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Collection and scrutiny of data in terms of quality and quantity in practical classes. Data interpretation.
Communication Students will develop effective written communication skills in the examination and assignments, where these will be assessed. Feedback will be given in the assignment.
Improving own Learning and Performance Outside the formal contact hours, students will be expected to research materials, manage time and meet deadlines for the assignments and exam. Students will be able to review and monitor their progress and plan for improvement of personal performance. This will not be assessed directly.
Information Technology Accessing the web for reliable information sources and using databases to find literature in preparation for the assignments and the exam. Use of information technology will be assessed in both the assignment and exam. Feedback will be given for the assignment.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will gain confidence in their ability to evaluate biological problems and objectively assess the quality of proposed solutions.
Problem solving
Research skills The assignments and exam will require students to research topics beyond the depth and scope of the lecture material. Information from a variety of sources will be used. Research skills will be assessed in both the examination and assignment. Feedback will be given in the assignment
Subject Specific Skills
Team work Students will work in pairs/small groups during practical sessions. They will need to work effectively as a small team but this will not be assessed.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 4