Module Identifier RS33510  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Mr Sebastian McBride  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Lecture   11 Hours 11 x 1 hour  
  Seminars / Tutorials   8 x 3 hour  
Assessment Seminar presentation     40%  
  Exam   2 Hours   60%  
  Exam   Supplentary Examinations: As per WIRS Departmental policy    

Aims of the module

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

1.   Describe behaviours in terms of their evolution, development and underlying control.

2.   Objectively quantify behaviour.

3.   Be able to recognise and discuss 'normal' and 'abnormal' behaviour.

4.   Understand the concepts of stress and animal welfare.

5.   Discuss current animal welfare legislation.

6.   Discuss current methods of animal welfare assessment.

7.   Describe common welfare problems of the horse and farm animals and discuss methods for their control.

Brief description

This module will provide an insight into the behaviour of the horse and farm animals, with particular reference to the evolution, development and underlying control of behaviour. The objective measurement of behaviour will be studied, and an emphasis placed on understanding and recognising 'normal' and 'abnormal' behaviour. The causes and function of abnormal behaviour will also be discussed. The concept of animal welfare will be introduced and current welfare legislation outlined. Welfare problems commonly found within the stable or farm environment will be identified and put in the context of current husbandry techniques with particular attention to strategies for their control. The module will also deal with the concept of stress, its measurement and how this relates to animal welfare.

Reading Lists

Cooper J R, Bloom F E and Roth R H. (1982) The biochemical basis of neuropharmacology.
Hafez E S E. (1975) The behaviour of domestic animals. 3rd. Bailliere, Tindall
Kiley-Worthington M. (1997) Equine welfare. J A Allen
Moss R (ed). (1992) Livestock health and welfare. Longman Scientific and Technical
Clough C E and Kew B. (1993) The animal welfare handbook. Fourth Estate
McFarland D. (1993) Animal behaviour. 2nd. Longman
Fraser A F and Broom D M. (1990) Farm animal welfare and behaviour. 3rd. Balliere, Tindall
Lawrence A B and Rushen J. (1993) Stereotopic animal behaviour. CABI
Rees L (1984). The Horse's Mind. Stanley Paul
Appleby M C and Hughes B O (eds). (1997) Animal welfare. CABI
Alcock J. (1993) Animal behaviour - an evolutionary approach. 5th.