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Module

ACE2035 : Companion Animal Science

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Matthew Leach
  • Lecturer: Dr Abdul Chaudhry, Dr Miguel Velazquez, Dr Catherine Douglas
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

This module will provide an understanding of the importance of companion animals and consider the genetics, nutrition , behaviour and husbandry of the range of companion animals.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will cover a wide range of topics, for example:
- Domestication & origins
- Breeds, classes & types
- Legislation
- Welfare
- Genetics
- Anatomy and physiology
- Nutrition
- Behaviour and husbandry

A range of species will be covered, for example dogs, cats, horses and rabbits as well as more pet species such as rodents, cavies, birds, fish etc..

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials52:0010:00Non-synchronous. This represents the Seminars.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion122:0022:00Preparing group based presentation online via canvas.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture22:004:00PiP Lecture
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities81:008:00Non-synchronous. Students will watch other students presentations via canvas.
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities122:0022:00Non-synch online - module lecturer will give students relevant reading for module topics
Guided Independent StudyProject work118:0018:00Non-synchronous online - info on what students can expect.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork24:008:00This represents two Fieldtrips - Delivered PiP.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk81:008:00Present in Person. A short online session given by a lecturer introducing topics
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Seminars introduce the science of companion animals. Small group teaching and field visits allow development of an applied understanding of the species. The seminars, workshops and field visits will be recorded and placed on Canvas to enable those students who are unable attend these sessions in person.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt2M100group presentation (with peer evaluation).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This assignment will assess the knowledge acquisition and the ability to synthesise and produce reasoned ideas and allows the students to apply what they have learnt in the taught part of the module to species that we have not covered in the taught components of the course. The students' group working, organisational and presentational skills are also assessed.

Reading Lists

Timetable