Module Identifier RS33510  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Mr Sebastian D McBride  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Lecture   22 Hours 22 x 1 hour  
  Seminars / Tutorials   12 Hours 4 x 3 hour  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Outcomes 1, 3, 7 Oral presentation: modifying a behavioural problem in a chosen companion species.40%
Semester Assessment Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Practical assessment of animal welfare40%
Semester Assessment Outcomes assessed: 2 Interpreting multivariate analysis20%
Supplementary Assessment Candidates will be required to resit the element(s) of assessment that led to failure of the module  100%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
A range of normal behaviours for companion, farm and captive animal species are explained in terms of their evolution, development and underlying control.

The ability to objectively quantify behaviour

'Abnormal' behaviours are recognised and explained in terms of cause, function and overlying motivation.

The concepts of stress and animal welfare are understood.

Current animal welfare legislation is understood.

Current methods of animal welfare assessment are applied to a practical situation.

Common welfare and behavioral problems of companion and farm animals are understood and methods for their control explained.

Brief description

This module will provide an insight into the behaviour of farm, zoo and companion animal species, 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 domestic or captive 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.


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 companion and farm animals and discuss methods for their control.

Reading Lists

Cooper J R, Bloom F E and Roth R H (1982) The biochemical basis of neuropharmacology
McFarland D (1993) Animal behaviour 2nd. Longman
Lawrence A B and Rushen J (1993) Stereotopic animal behaviour CABI
Appleby M C and Hughes B O (eds) (1997) Animal welfare CABI
Fraser, A F & Broom, D M (1990) Farm Animal Behaviour and Welfare 3rd. Bailliere Tindall
Alcock J (1993) Animal behaviour - an evolutionary approach 5th.
Carlson, N R (2001) Physiology of behaviour 7th.
Wade C and Tavris C (1993) Psychology
Wood-Gush, D G M (1983) Elements of ethology Chapman and Hall Ltd


This module is at CQFW Level 6