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Course Overview

This course considers the physiology, development and nutrition of domestic, companion and exhibition animals in relation to animal husbandry and care.

You will apply your knowledge of biology and zoology to the improvement of management practices and to the enhancement of animal welfare.

By researching and presenting a seminar on ethical issues related to animals in captivity, you will develop critical thinking skills and build experience in constructing and evidencing an argument, and also gain skills in group working and oral communication.

Course Details

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

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of Biology (BI) or Ecology (EK) or Environmental Sciences (EV) or Forestry (FY) or Marine And Coastal Resource Management (MR) or Plant Science (PL) or Zoology (ZO)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • ZO3308 Animals in Captivity (Passed)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course is structured so that emphasis is placed on animals in terms of their numbers in captivity: domestic animals (billions), companion animals (millions), captive exotics (thousands) and others. Much of the teaching relates directly to domestic (farm) animals but concepts are applicable across all species in situations controlled by humans, and the course assessments will encourage further study of species that are of particular interest to you as an individual.

Associated Costs

Trip to Blair Drummond (optional): ~£15

Further Information & Notes

This course runs in weeks 13-17, and is scheduled in Thread 1, so may have contact hours in any or all of these times:  Mondays, 9-13; Thursday, all day; Friday, 9-13.  If this is an optional course, there may also be contact hours on Wednesdays, 11-13.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st attempt:  Exam (50%) and Coursework (50%). The exam will be comprised of series of questions that guide students through discussion of care and welfare of a species of their choice. Coursework will be comprised of an online test on legislation (15%) and a group exercise on the ethical component of interactions between humans and captive animals (35%).

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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