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Module

ACE3208 : Zoo Animal Science and Management

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

Aims

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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00Non-synchronous online.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion122:0022:00Preparing group based presentation online via canvas
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities81:008:00Non-synchronous online. Students will watch other students presentations via canvas
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities120:0020:00Online - mod lecturer will give students relevant reading for module topics throughout the semester
Guided Independent StudyProject work122:0022:00Online - info on what students can expect
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork14:004:00This represents a Fieldtrip - Delivered PiP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk181:0018:00Online - a short online session given by a lecturer introducing topics- 8 hrs PIP 10 hrs Synch onli
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Seminars 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. 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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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.

Reading Lists

Timetable