ACE3048 : Livestock Behaviour
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- 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|
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.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||20||1:00||20:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||3:00||3:00||Preparation for group oral presentation|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||2:00||2:00||Semester 2 examination|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||20||1:00||20:00||Revision for Semester 2 examination|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||1||2:00||2:00||seminar with assessed oral presentations|
|Guided Independent Study||Student-led group activity||1||15:00||15:00||research for seminar topic|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||18:00||18:00||General reading and research on module topics beyond taught material|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||20:00||20:00||follow up of lecture notes, compilation and background reading|
Jointly Taught With
|ACE3049||Companion 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.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||120||2||A||80||2 of 5|
|Oral Presentation||20||2||M||20||Group oral presentation|
|Module Code||Module Title||Semester||Comment|
|ACE3049||Companion Animal Behaviour||2||N/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.