Module title: Animal Welfare Science

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: VET09109
Module leader: Jane Stirling
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Animal and Plant Science

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

2018/9, Trimester 2, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jane Stirling
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
A variety of teaching and learning approaches are used in this module and include formal lectures on causes and signs of welfare states (LOs 1-2), group-work projects off site where students apply animal welfare assessment methods to collect data (LO 2 and 3), practical workshops on data collation and analysis and poster design (LO 3 and 4) group discussions will play a part across the module (LO 1-4), , self-directed learning involving wider reading of literature, data organisation and analysis and poster preparation individually and in groups (LO 1 – 4). A range of additional lecture notes, relevant literature, and links to online resources will be available on moodle (LOs 1 – 4).

Formative Assessment:
In class discussions and debates on animal welfare topics provide the opportunity for students and lecturer to give feedback and assess and consolidate understanding of the key concepts.

A workshop in week 8 on the collation and analysis of data enables feedback and guidance to be provided to students.

A further workshop in week 10 on poster design and content provides formative feedback.

Summative Assessment:
Each student creates and submits an individual scientific poster based on their own research, which demonstrates competence in all learning outcomes in week 12.

Posters will be displayed at organised poster sessions to allow staff and peers to view work. Students will be required to defend their research and poster through oral questioning.
(This provides a formative opportunity to gain confidence and experience in skills required at scientific conferences.)

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 21
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 6
Face To Face Fieldwork 9
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 3
Face To Face Guided independent study 161
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

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

Description of module content:

Animal welfare is the number one priority for veterinary nurses and a thorough understanding of the factors which influence welfare and an ability to recognise indicators in animals is essential. The module explores both positive and negative welfare states and examines how physical, behavioural and emotional factors impact on quality of life. Welfare frameworks such as the Five Welfare Needs and Five Freedoms are debated. This module introduces a number of scientific methods for the assessment of animal welfare and the value of physiological responses and changes in behaviour as indicators of overall welfare are explored. A range of welfare assessment methods are applied to a class research project which involves gathering, analysing and presenting data. This provides an introduction to research skills which are required in the Honours project the following year and may prepare for study at higher levels in this developing field. Animal Welfare Science is a rapidly emerging area of research and is increasingly informing and influencing legislation and policy worldwide. The knowledge and skills obtained from this module will also enhance the quality of work in veterinary practice.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Analyse the factors which influence quality of life and relate these to physiological and behavioural indicators of welfare
LO2: Evaluate objective methods by which animal welfare may be assessed
LO3: Demonstrate how scientific assessment of animal welfare can be applied in practical situations
LO4: Collect, analyse and present data derived from personal research in the context of previously published literature

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Please contact your Module Leader for details
Click here to view the LibrarySearch.