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BI3805: ANIMALS IN CAPTIVITY (2014-2015)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

Through lectures and seminars we consider the physiology, development and nutrition of domestic, companion and exhibition animals in relation to animal husbandry and care.

Students apply their learning in biology and zoology to the improvement of management practices and to the enhancement of animal welfare.

By researching and presenting a seminar on a topic on welfare issues related to factory farming, students gain knowledge and skills in group working and oral communication.

Through an essay assignment focused on a hypothetical Universal Declaration of Animal Rights, students develop critical thinking skills and build experience in constructing and evidencing an argument

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Mrs Cath Dennis

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Course Description

This course relates the physiology, development and nutrition of domestic, companion and exhibition animals to animal husbandry and care. It describes how this knowledge can be used to improve the management and welfare of these animals in production and recreational environments. The course is structured so that emphasis is placed on animals in terms of their numbers in captivity: farm animals (billions), companion animals (millions), captive exotics (thousands) and others.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

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In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two hour written examination (70%) and in-course assessment (30%). In course assessment made up of a seminar (20%) and an essay (10%). Resit: Similar to 1st attempt, with continuous assessment mark(s) and /or exam mark carried forward with an opportunity to resit either or both, depending on what was failed in the first attempt.

Formative Assessment

A strong emphasis will be made throughout the course on informal verbal feedback during seminar and workshop sessions.


Each student will receive individual feedback and a mark for each task. Feedback will be provided as written comments. Groups will also be given generic feedback.

Course Learning Outcomes


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