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ZO4821: TOPICS IN ANIMAL WELFARE (2023-2024)

Last modified: 05 Oct 2023 08:46


Course Overview

Animal welfare is a concept based in science as well as philosophy – welfare can be measured and is important from an economic as well as moral point of view.

This course uses a mix of class discussions, site visits, guest lecturers and self-directed study to provide a framework on which students can build and synthesise their knowledge of the science of animal welfare.

Student-led activities promote the development of transferable skills such as time management, project planning and reporting.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Cath Dennis

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

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 allows students to build on the knowledge gained in ZO3309 Animal Management and Welfare. The course is student-led, the main assessment being an individual project where topic and assessment vehicle are defined by each individual student. A range of pertinent topics will be covered in class sessions making use of site visits and guest lecturers as appropriate.

The aim of this module is to provide students with an opportunity to synthesize knowledge from various areas of animal science/zoology with a focus on animal welfare, and to develop skills and confidence in defining their own learning priorities for professional development.

The specific learning objectives include:

  • To effectively review scientific papers and concepts, and to identify the salient points
  • To evaluate, interpret and criticise material from different sources
  • To articulate ideas, both in an oral and written form

Taught topics covered include
(note that these may vary slightly between years)
Measuring welfare
Sentience and consciousness
Animals in research

 


Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 4 Lectures during University weeks 32 - 35, 39

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

Design Project: Individual

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 70
Assessment Weeks 40 Feedback Weeks 43

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Feedback

Formative feedback throughout course, individual written feedback on draft and final report.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
Sorry, we don't have this information available just now. Please check the course guide on MyAberdeen or with the Course Coordinator

Engagement in Class or Field Activities

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
Assessment Weeks 40 Feedback Weeks 43

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Feedback

Oral feedback will be provided in class, individual written feedback will be provided twice during the semester.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
Sorry, we don't have this information available just now. Please check the course guide on MyAberdeen or with the Course Coordinator

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualEvaluateto review scientific papers and concepts and to identify salient points
ConceptualEvaluateto evaluate, interpret and criticise material from difference sources
ReflectionCreateto articulate ideas both in an oral and written form

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