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ACE3048 : Livestock Behaviour (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Catherine Douglas
  • Other Staff: Dr Miguel Velazquez
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The module is designed to develop an understanding of the general principles of domestic animal behaviour and the field of applied ethology.

Outline Of Syllabus

We explore the factors influencing animal behaviour for example, genetics, learning and personality; behaviours relevant to managed animals such as feeding behaviours, reproductive behaviours, maternal behaviours, communication and social behaviours including human interaction. Applied ethology is informed from multidisciplinary research using many animal species, as such this module is joint taught with livestock (farm) animal behaviour for the first part of the module. The lectures then split to focus on the behavioural problems that arise in companion animals and solutions developed to overcome these. While we predominantly use examples from dogs, horses and cats as companion animals, students are welcome to develop their interests in other more exotic companion animals. The assessed group presentation is on the social behaviour of an animal of the students’ choice.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion201:0020:00Revision for Semester 2 examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Preparation for group oral presentation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Semester 2 examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00seminar with assessed oral presentations
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity115:0015:00research for seminar topic
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study118:0018:00General reading and research on module topics beyond taught material
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study120:0020:00follow up of lecture notes, compilation and background reading
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
ACE3049Companion Animal Behaviour
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide background to the discipline and outline the basic principles of behaviour. The discipline of applied ethology has developed informed by research on a range of species. A comparative approach (joint teaching with Companion Animal Behaviour) enhances the students’ awareness of the multidisciplinary nature of this subject enabling the cross fertilization of ideas. The guided independent reading allows students to develop this knowledge in areas of interest to them. Within the lectures the students have the opportunity to discuss recent research, both as directed by the module leader and with the freedom to find other research of specific interest to the individual.

It is intended that preparation for the oral presentations will encourage deep learning, as well as skills in acquiring and presenting information.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A802 of 5
Oral Presentation202M20Group oral presentation
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
ACE3049Companion Animal Behaviour2N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Formal written examination tests knowledge and understanding of the expression of normal and abnormal behaviours in farm animals, their physiological and environmental determinants and the ways in which they can be modified by human intervention. Oral presentations additionally test skills in information sourcing and integration, oral communication, teamwork and planning and organisation.

Reading Lists