Module title: Equine Science

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: VET08111
Module leader: Jodie Smith
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Animal and Plant Science

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2020/1, Trimester 2, ONLINE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jodie Smith
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Weekly lectures will be provided to deliver subject content. This will be largely in the form of PowerPoint presentation and annotated audio file posted to the VLE. In addition Moodle will be used to post recommended reading: references, online literature resources (e.g. journal reviews and articles, book chapters). Students will be encouraged to read around the lecture material provided and deepen their understanding on the associated equine sciences. Online tutorials and student centred activities, will allow students to share their learning with the tutor and their peers. Case studies will be used in tutorials to initiate a problem solving approach to resolve conflicting views on equine medical interventions and general equine management related issues. Students will be expected to demonstrate active learning by utilising discussion forums and engaging with formative assessment submission requirements on Moodle.

Formative Assessment:
Students are required to independently study an area of equine related science previously learned in class, and then produce 5 separate annotated bibliographies aligned with each of the relevant 5 learning outcomes (LO1 - 5). Student work is required to be submitted in week 4 (LO1), week 6 (LO2) week 8 (LO3), week 10 (LO4) and week 12 (LO5) and up to a maximum of 500 words per submission. The individual annotated bibliography will focus on a topic aligned with the corresponding learning outcome for the submission deadline set and should be sufficiently suitable for students to independently select and review available literature sources. Students will be invited to receive formative feedback from the course tutors following submission in weeks 4, 6,8,10 and 12. This formative assessment style will encourage active learning throughout the module and provide students and tutors with a teaching and learning tool for individual students literature searching, reviewing and interpreting skills.

Summative Assessment:
Students should submit a 2500 word essay in week 15 which is aligned with LO’s 1 - LO5. The essay topics are self-selected from a list provided on Moodle in week 8 (LO1 – LO5). Students must ensure the essay demonstrates a rationalised and balanced approach to the differing opinions being suggested in the literature which must then be evidenced throughout the essay using an appropriate scientific written style. Students will be assessed on their ability to select and review appropriate literature and essay writing skills for the corresponding level of study. Students should address the criteria of this essay assignment (LO1 – LO5) as set out in the module handbook and assessment brief and also as detailed in the essay guidance provided by the module leader and posted on Moodle.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Tutorial 26
Online Guided independent study 174
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 100 1,2,3,4 & 5 15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module invites students to explore the science underpinning modern management of equine species Equus Caballus . Students will use their existing knowledge of companion animals to compare and contrast with the anatomy, physiology, care and welfare of equines. In order to fully understand the biological needs of horses’ students will study the impact of evolution and the influences of domestication on associated anatomical structures and physiological development over millennia to modern day Equus Caballus. In this module students will be encouraged to develop a deep scientific knowledge and understanding of the various life stages and discipline related nutritional advancements and feeding strategies employed throughout the equine industry. Students also will learn about equine exercise and reproductive physiology, in particular they will gain awareness of the impact of human intervention on equine breeding i.e. selective breeding and reproductive technologies. This module requires students to consolidate learning acquired in the various equine science topics explored and then contextualise the relevance to the equine industry. Moreover students will become familiar with importance of equines in society and the unique intricacies surrounding horse human relationships.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Describe the biological needs of equines specific to health, welfare and general husbandry
LO2: Consider common equine metabolic diseases and management strategies
LO3: Explore equine anatomy in relation to exercise physiology and anatomical training adaptations
LO4: Develop insight into equine reproductive physiology and emerging reproductive technologies
LO5: Demonstrate knowledge of equine industry, professions and the horse human relationship

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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