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ACE3022 : Animal Welfare and Environment

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

The module aims to develop understanding of the impact of the environment on farm and companion animals and, conversely, the effect of managed livestock systems on the environment. The module aims to enable students to discuss the complex issues of animal welfare, from a scientific, ethical and practical perspective, and be aware of the bi-directional relationships between the animal and the environment in which it is kept.

Outline Of Syllabus

Ethical considerations and animal welfare legislation
Impact of the physical and social environment on animal welfare and physiology.
Relationship between animal health and animal welfare
Behavioural needs and environmental enrichment
Impact of the climatic environment on animal welfare and physiology.
Managing the climatic environment in animal facilities.
Assessing and improving animal welfare of companion animals, and of farmed animals in intensive, extensive and organic livestock production systems.
Impact of animals on the environment: pollution, legislation and planning issues.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion16:006:00Revision for final exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion16:006:00Write up of assessed practical report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion19:009:00Preparation for assessed practical class
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical14:004:00Practical class on welfare assessment
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study142:0042:00Background reading
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study111:0011:00Lecture follow up
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures and guided independent reading provide the theoretical background to animal welfare and environmental impact determination in different systems of production and animal keeping. An assessed practical exercise on welfare assessment allow this knowledge to be applied to real-world situations. The assessment involves a report which allows students to integrate information from different areas of the module as well as developing skills in information acquisition.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A702 questions from a choice of 5
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M30A report (1,000 words) on a welfare assessment practical using a farm or companion animal species
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written exam tests understanding of the theoretical and practical issues in assuring the welfare of animals and minimising their impact on the environment. The in course assessment requires students to design, implement and critically evaluate a practical welfare assessment protocol for a farm or companion species.

Study abroad students may request a take-away exam paper to be returned via NESS.

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