ANIML SC 2500RW - Companion Animal and Equine Studies II

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

The course will provide students with an overview of the origins and husbandry of companion animals, including horses, dogs, cats, birds, reptiles and pocket pets. The roles of companion animals in society will also be covered. Students will learn the common breeds and terminology relating to companion animal species. There will be opportunlties for students to learn the correct handling of some of these species.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ANIML SC 2500RW
    Course Companion Animal and Equine Studies II
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week
    Assumed Knowledge ANIML SC 1015RW & ANIML SC 1017RW
    Restrictions Available to B Sc (Animal Science) students only
    Course Description The course will provide students with an overview of the origins and husbandry of companion animals, including horses, dogs, cats, birds, reptiles and pocket pets. The roles of companion animals in society will also be covered. Students will learn the common breeds and terminology relating to companion animal species. There will be opportunlties for students to learn the correct handling of some of these species.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Susan Hazel

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Compare and contrast the domestication of the horse, dog, cat, rat, mouse and rabbit
    2 Describe the major husbandry requirements and diseases of companion animals
    3 Recognise the common breeds and terminology used to describe companion animals
    4 Describe the behaviour and training of horses, dogs and cats
    5 Discuss both the important link between companion animals and a reduced risk of disease AND the problems caused by companion animals in society (Note this links with one of the 10 Big Questions – Unravelling the causes of disease)
    6 Know the responsibilities and relevant legislation relating to companion animals
    7 Improve their skills in written and oral communication, data collection and analysis, and critical evaluation of information
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 7
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 5, 7
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 7
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 6
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 7
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 4, 5, 6, 7
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 5, 6, 7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There is no required text book for this course.
    Students will require access to the University systems (MyUni, etc) and the Roseowrthy Library.
    Access to practical and animal holding facilities on the Roseworthy Campus and other facilities.
    Online Learning
    MyUni: Teaching materials and course documentation will be posted on the MyUni website (
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will be delivered by the following means:
    Face to face contact (average week):
    3 x 1hr lectures
    1 x 3hr mixture of tutorials and practical sessions
    Outside of face-to-face contact:
    Pre-readings will be necessary for the Team Based Learning (TBL) activities.
    Students are expected to be prepared for practical classes and tutorials so that they are able to participate fully
    Students will work in groups of 2-3 collecting data from fenced dog parks. This will involve observations over five 30min periods and then entering the data into spreadsheets. The data from all groups will be combined and made available to students. Each group will then present the results from their observations and contrast them with other groups results in an oral presentation.
    Students will be expected to revise course material continuously over the semester in preparation for the end of semester final examination
    This course utilises MyUni and resources including announcements, lectures, tutorials and further reading material will be available on the MyUni course pages.

    There will be a group assignment related to studying fenced dog parks around Adelaide, and students may be required to use wiki pages and Google documents with this assignment.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
    Learning Activities Summary
    Lecture topics:
    Origins of the horse
    Role of horses in society
    Horse breeds and terminology
    Adaptations of horses
    Common diseases of he horse
    Nutrition of the horse
    Horse behaviour & training
    Horse management
    Origins of the dog & cat
    Role of pets in society
    Breeds and terminology of dogs
    Common diseases of dogs and cats
    Cat domestication and breeds
    Behaviour and training of the dog
    Dog bites
    Legislation and urban animal management

    Practical topics:
    Horse handling
    Horse examination
    Horse lower limb dissection
    Visit to Mounted Police Unit
    Visit to Adelaide Zoo
    Dog handling, clinical examination & behaviour tests
    Visit by Police dogs
    Visit by professional dog trainer
    Faecal flotation (parasitology)
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students are expected to experience all animal handling activities. To participate in horse handling activities, students are required to wear overalls and hard-toed boots. Failure to wear these will mean that the student is not able to participate in the activity and will be deemed as having not attended the practical class.

    Tours to facilities are considered a practical class. As such, covered shoes (sneakers) are considered the minimum foot wear. The trip to the Mounted Police unit will require hard-toed boots to be worn. Students must wear appropriate personal protection equipment as directed by the facility and/or academic staff.

    Mobile phones are not to be used during a practical class or tour without permission.

    Students with known allergies/issues with particular animal groups are encouraged to speak with the course co-ordinator.

    Practical classes within laboratories require a minimum of sneakers and the wearing of a laboratory gown (that will be supplied). You will also need to display your student ID in the holder provided. Students must wear any required safety or protective clothing as directed.

    Any practicals that involve animal handling will require appropriate footwear and coveralls. It is likely that at some stage your clothes will be exposed to animal fluids and dirt.

    Ethical objection to animal dissection and experimentation will be taken seriously. Such concerns will be solicited during the first week of class. Students who do not wish to be involved in animal dissection or experimentation will not be disadvantaged or discriminated against in any way. Alternative modes of learning will be supplied to these students.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    No information currently available.

    Assessment Related Requirements

    Attendance at practicals and tutorials is compulsory. Students are able to apply for an allowed absence from a class by submitting the application form, with appropriate supporting documentation, to the Course Co-ordinator. Application forms can be downloaded from

    Theory exam: Students that don't obtain 50% for the Theory Exam must attain a minimum of 40% on the
    theory exam to be eligible to receive an additional exam.

    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.


    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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