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ZO3309: ANIMAL MANAGEMENT AND WELFARE (2023-2024)

Last modified: 13 Oct 2023 10:46


Course Overview

This course considers the evolution, physiology and behaviour of domestic, companion and captive wild animals in relation to their 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.  Field trips to local farms and a wildlife park will allow you to observe industry standards for captive 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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Cath Dennis

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

  • 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)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course is structured so that emphasis is placed on animals in terms of their numbers in captivity: domestic (production / farm) animals (billions), companion animals (millions), captive wild animals (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.

Teaching includes group lectures, interactive online exercises, group discussions, field trips and directed self-study.

By the end of the course students should have

  - an understanding of the evolutionary heritage of animals and their care and welfare in captive situations.

  - an understanding of the relationships between people and animals in society.

  - knowledge of the legislation pertaining to captive animals in the UK.

Over 6 weeks, taught topics covered include:

(note that these may vary slightly between years)

The science of animal welfare

Animal production systems

Managing for health; treating illness

Nutrition and feeding

Leaning and training

Animal welfare legislation

Normal and abnormal behaviour

Selective breeding

Associated Costs

DescriptionValue
Trip to Blair Drummond (optional). GBP 15.00

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 4 Lectures during University weeks 14, 16, 18
  • 3 Lectures during University week15
  • 2 Lectures during University week17

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

Oral Presentation: Group

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

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

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Reflective Report

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
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Feedback

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

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Online Open Book Timed Essay Questions.

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
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Feedback
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Online Test

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

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

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Re-submission of failed elements

Assessment Type Summative Weighting
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Feedback
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralUnderstandHave knowledge of the legislation pertaining to captive animals in the UK.
ReflectionEvaluateUnderstand the evolutionary heritage of animals and their care and welfare in captive situations.
ReflectionAnalyseUnderstand the relationships between people and animals in society.

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