Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Ruminant Health and Welfare
Academic Year
Distance Learning
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Interactive Task  (minimum 1200 words)  25%
Semester Assessment Presentation  on an aspect of ruminant health and welfare  40%
Semester Assessment Data Analysis Report  on an aspect of ruminant health and welfare  35%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to the failure of the module  Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Compare the current methods of assessing and improving ruminant health and welfare.

2. Judge the potential economic implications of poor health and welfare.

3. Evaluate the different methods of improving welfare and controlling disease for their chosen pathway.

4. Assess the potential future benefits to ruminant health and welfare of current and future research.

Brief description

This module draws on the expertise of Aberystwyth University and the Royal Veterinary College, Wales. The first half covers the general legislation and management of ruminant health and welfare across three sectors: dairy, beef and sheep. The second half allows you to choose which of these sectors you will be assessed on. Depending on which sector you choose you will cover the latest research on the diseases of most concern and will look at how welfare is measured and could be improved in that sector.


To outline the fundamental health and welfare issues that underpin ruminant production and look at the recent research in to these areas.


The module will involve 20 hours of formal teaching and consider the following areas:
  • Controlling diseases in the UK
  • Basic principles of nutrition
  • Animal welfare in the UK
  • Methods of control
  • Measuring Welfare
  • Improving Welfare
  • Economically significant diseases
  • Diagnosis
  • Methods of control
  • Challenges of the future
The module will deliver the content through a series of recorded lectures, interviews and discussions between researchers at IBERS and elsewhere. The students will be given a reading list of 'essential' and 'recommended' articles and books. They will be expected to interact through forums with other students and the course tutor/researcher. The module will also contain assessments which will look to encourage students to apply the research they have learnt about to real-life scenarios.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Ration formulation and balancing will be looked at in the module.
Communication Students will be expected to be able to express themselves appropriately in their assignments.
Improving own Learning and Performance Detailed feedback will be given for assignment work. This will be assessed through the feedback providing general guidance towards the student's next assignment. Especially with the formative assignment that will be due before any summative assignments.
Information Technology Students will be required to source information from a variety of scientific publication data bases and to use Blackboard for all aspects of the module.
Personal Development and Career planning This module will provide the students with the latest research into ruminant health and welfare to help them provide the most up-to-date information/advice to their colleagues/clients in the agri-food industry.
Problem solving Online forum posts will be used to help develop and improve students problem solving skills, through use of questions that present theoretical problems for the students to solve.
Research skills Students will be required to undergo directed self-study and so will develop their literature research skills.
Subject Specific Skills The research methodology of ruminant disease control and the issues surrounding the accurate measuring of ruminant welfare.
Team work Online assessments will require students to debate among themselves to develop a consensus of opinion.


This module is at CQFW Level 7