ACE2035 : Companion Animal Science

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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

Companion animals - Dogs, Cats and horses
: Domestication and cultural significance
: Breeds : classes / types
: Genetics
: Anatomy and physiology
: Nutrition
: Behaviour and husbandry

Other species - Rodents and exotics as detailed below
: Domestication, range and diversification
: Legislation related to keeping animal species as pets
: Genetics, breeding, nutrition, welfare, disease and behaviour
: Species considered are
Rabbits, cavies
Rodents (mice, rats, hamsters, guinea pigs, chinchilla etc)
Birds (budgerigars, canaries, parrots etc)
Snakes, Amphibians, Tortoises etc, Insects

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00Includes an optional 2 hour revision session
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion112:3012:30revision and completion of Semester 1 examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching42:008:00seminar
Guided Independent StudyProject work110:0010:00Preparation for poster presentation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork24:008:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study122:0022:00lecture follow up
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study115:3015:30research and reading beyond the taught material
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce the science of companion animals. Small group teaching and field visits allow development of an applied understanding of the species.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A70Answer 3 out of 5 questions.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1M3030% for a group poster presentation (with peer evaluation).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam assesses the knowledge acquisition and the ability to synthesise and produce reasoned answers under time constraints. The case study allows the students to apply what they have learnt in the taught part of the module and to work over time to collect, synthesise and present information. The students' presentational skills are assessed by means of group poster presentations.

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

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