Core Module Information
Module title: Equine Science

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

Module code: VET08111
Module leader: David Smith
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Life Sciences

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

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

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 2, ONLINE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: David Smith
Module Organiser:

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

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
VET08111. Equine Science
VET08111. Equine Science