ANIML SC 2500RW - Companion Animal and Equine Studies II

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

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 opportunities 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 7 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge ANIML SC 1015RW & ANIML SC 1017RW
    Restrictions Available to BSc (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 opportunities for students to learn the correct handling of some of these species.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor 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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1,2, 4-7
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1,2, 4-7
  • 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 Roseworthy 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 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.

    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:
    Animal training
    Horse handling/examination (online)
    Horse lower limb dissection (online)
    Dog handling, clinical examination & behaviour tests
    Online interviews with organisations involved with dogs for therapy/assistance programs
    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
    Assessment Task Type of assessment Percentage of total assessment Hurdle (yes/No) Learning Outcome Assessed
    Dog Behaviour Video Summative


    No 2,3,4,6,7
    Dog Behaviour Individual Report Summative


    No 2,3,4,6,7
    Horse Assignment Formative


    No 2,7
    Quizzes Formative
    10% No 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
    Theory Exam  Summative 40% No 1,2,3,4,5,6
    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

    Horse Assignment (30% TOTAL)
    In this assignment students will research in a group a specific disease condition in horses. Each group will write a one page report suitable for horse owners on the research condition (15%) and give an oral presentation (15%).

    Dog Behaviour Video (10% TOTAL)
    Students in a group will provide images/video of dog behaviours. These will be accompanied by a written description of the behaviour, the context in which it was displayed, and the likely meaning of the behaviour. 

    Dog Behaviour Individual Report (10% TOTAL)
    Students will research the risk factors relating to dog attacks to answer specific questions in a written report (20%)

    Quizzes (10%)
    In-class quizzes will be given between weeks 2-12 to assess course content.

    Theory Exam (40%)
    The final theory exam will examine all components of the course, including the practical classes. It will consist of multiple choice, short answer and long answer questions.


    Assessment items are due at the time and date specified. Students can apply for an extension at any time before the due date, but you should do so as soon as the need becomes apparent. If the application is made within two(2) days of the due date, or after the due date has expired, it will not be granted unless the course co-ordinator is satisfied that you were unable to make an earlier application and the circumstances warrant an extension.

    Penalty Clauses (eg. Late assignments)
    Reports which are late, without medical or compassionate grounds, will NOT be marked and a score of 0 will be entered on the mark sheet. Extensions of deadlines may be allowed for reasonable causes. Such situations would include compassionate and medical grounds of the severity that would justify the awarding of a supplementary examination. Evidence for the grounds must be provided when an extension is requested. Extensions of deadlines should be negotiated with the course coordinator before the assignment is due. Extensions will not be provided on the grounds of poor prioritising of time. The assessment extension application form can be obtained from: 

    Hand-in/Pick-up Location and Recording Procedures
    All hard copies of reports must be handed into the course collection box at the Reception Desk in the Williams Building, Roseworthy Campus, on or before the due time and date. Late reports (without an approved application for extension attached) will not be picked up and will not be marked. All reports should have a signed cover sheet (available on MyUni and at the Reception Desk) attached to your report. Assignments may also be submitted electronically using the digital dropbox feature on MyUni.

    Provision of Feedback to Students
    Marked reports will be returned as soon as possible after the due date in the next available practical class. Feedback on assignments will be via annotations on reports. Should students wish to have verbal feedback on assignments an appointment should be made with the course coordinator. Any assessment items not collected by the end of the examination period for Semester 1 will be destroyed.

    Feedback to students on the Horse Scenario and Fenced Dog Park assessment tasks will be given in the form of assessment rubrics. These rubrics will be made available to students when the assignments are given and copies also posted on MyUni. Students are encouraged to read these rubrics carefully and to clarify any questions they might have before the assignments are due.

    Late submission of assessments
    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of zero will be allocated to late submitted assessment.

    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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