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ACE3208 : Zoo Animal Science and Management

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s):
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module aims to introduce students to the science underpinning current activities of zoos around the world and the captive management techniques that they use to house and care for zoo animals.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will cover a wide range of topics, for example:
- History, roles & functions
- Legislation & licensing
- Enclosure design
- Science underpinning the management of each family or species in captivity and how they differ in terms of anatomy and physiology, nutrition, behaviour and welfare.
- The role of zoos in conservation and management of captive and wild

The module will cover a wide range of species, for example:
•       Carnivore species
•       Herbivore species
•       Primate species
•       Aquatic mammal species
•       Marsupial species.
•       Bird species
•       Reptile and chelonian species.
•       Amphibian species.
•       Fish species

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching24:008:00Student led seminar
Guided Independent StudyProject work120:0020:00Preparation for oral presentation & written assignment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork24:008:00Visits to Zoological collections
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study122:0022:00Lecture follow up
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study120:0020:00Research & reading beyond the taught material
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures to introduce zoo animal management and the science that underpins it. Small group teaching and field trips to allow the development of applied understanding of a range of captive species and specific activities. Project work to allow the development of a critical understanding of a specific species and their housing and husbandry.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study2M100Group 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.

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