Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 1 x 1 hour lecture per week
Lecture 1 x 2 hour combined lecture/practical per week


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Stud farm diary  Course Work: Outcomes assessed: 2, 4, 5, 6  60%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6  40%
Supplementary Assessment Candidates will be required to re-take the element(s) of assessment that led to failure to achive a module pass mark  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

Outcome 1
Investigate the structure, function and control of the reproductive systems in the equine.

Outcome 2
Examine the processes of fertilisation, implantation, placentation and embryonic development.

Outcome 3
Recognise the importance of lactation in the horse

Outcome 4
Evaluate the management systems used for the care of breeding stock.

Outcome 5
Evaluate the management systems used for the care of foals and youngstock

Outcome 6
Evaluate and discuss the uses and development of equine reproductive technology

Brief description

At the heart of any successful equine industry is the production of quality horses. It is essential, therefore, that an equine course of this nature addresses in some detail the subject of Breeding and Stud Management. This module will address the physiology and function of the reproductive system. This knowledge will then be applied to the practical management of equines at stud.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication Students will be required to present their Stud Farm Diary coursework in an imaginative and informative manner. As such the student's ability to communicate his/her ideas and information in writing and illustrative form will be directly assessed.
Information Technology Students will be required to submit the written supporting text using a word processing package which will help develop their IT skills.
Problem solving Students will be required to consult a range of information sources in order to solve the problem/scenario set out for them. They will be required to think creatively and imaginatively in order to present a rational plan to manage breeding stock over an extended period of time. Their ability to identify and solve a problem will therefore be assessed.

Reading List

General Text
Davies Morel, M C G (1999) Equine AI CABI Primo search Davies Morel, M C G (2003) Equine reproductive physiology, breeding and stud management 2nd CABI Primo search Equine Research Inc (1982) Breeding management and foal development Equine Research, Texas Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4