AN BEHAV 3020RW - Animal Management

Roseworthy Campus - Summer - 2023

Animal management is provided by local and State/Territory governments to protect the safety and comfort of communities by administering domestic animal legislation, and through community education and engagement. Companion animals are an important part of people's lives, and managing them appropriately maximises the benefits of animal companionship for all of society. This course will provide knowledge and skills necessary for the management of animals, in particular dogs and cats but including livestock and wildlife species. Such skills are relevant for work in local government, or animal shelters or animal welfare organisations. Topics will include interpreting body language, assessing risk when handling individual animals and selecting appropriate equipment, using an evidence based approach to evaluate and design initiatives to resolve community problems caused by animals (e.g. dog attacks, dog barking, cat management), community engagement and conflict management. The course will include a week of online learning followed by a week of face to face workshops and practical classes.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code AN BEHAV 3020RW
    Course Animal Management
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Summer
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 25 hours per week for 2 weeks
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge ANIML SC 1016RW
    Assessment Quizzes, assignments, group presentation, final examination
    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 Observe and interpret behavioural signs of emotional states (e.g. stress) in dogs and cats and apply safe handling practices to aggressive or anxious dogs and cats and other relevant species (e.g. wildlife)
    2 Describe approaches to dealing with barking dogs, and other conflicts that may occur due to interactions between animals and people in local government areas and outline the basis of conflict resolution
    3 Discuss complex areas of animal management (e.g. dog attacks and cat management) and evidence based approaches in these areas
    4 Explore a range of strategies to increase community engagement and effect behaviour change relevant to animal management in the community
    5 Outline the regulation of dogs and cats in Australia, and the importance of ethical and societal considerations in management plans
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1 - 5

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    1 - 5

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    2 - 5

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    1 - 5

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    1 - 5

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    2 - 5
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Learning Activities Summary
    Lectures (1 week of online lectures and 1 week face to face)
    • Understanding dog and cat behaviour;
    • Safe handling of dogs and cats;
    • Animal management regulations;
    • Cat management;
    • Evidence based approach to reduce dog attacks;
    • Dealing with barking dogs;
    • Community engagement and behaviour change
    • Conflict resolution
    • Application of regulations to dog nuisance, barking and attacks and cat management
    • How to increase community engagement
    • Resolving conflict
    Practical Classes
    • Safe handling of dogs, cats, livestock and common wildlife that might be encountered on the job (eg. birds, bats etc)
    • Conflict resolution
  • 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 Task Type Weighting Hurdle
    Yes or No
    Learning Outcome/s Approximate timing of assessment
    Quizzes Formative/Summative 10% No 2, 4, 5 During the 2 weeks
    Demonstration of safe handling of a dog, cat, livestock and wildlife Formative/Summative 10% No 1 End of 2nd week
    Report of dealing with a complaint to local council Formative/Summative 15% No 2, 3, 5 3rd week
    Talk on major issue in animal management Formative/Summative 20% No 3 - 5 End of 2nd week
    Reflective report Summative 10% No 3 - 5 3rd week
    Final Exam Summative 35% No 3 - 5 3rd week
    Assessment Detail
    Quizzes (10%)
    Students will complete a total of 5 quizzes worth 2% each. Quizzes will consist of multiple choice and fill in the blank answers.

    Demonstration of safe animal handling (10%)
    Students will demonstrate using appropriate equipment how to safely handle various species.

    Report of dealing with a complaint to local council (15%)
    Students will write a 1000 word report on how they would deal with a complaint made to a local council, which will then be peer reviewed. Students can then use the peer review to finalise their report which will be marked. Marks will be 5% for the peer review mark, 5% for their own peer review of other students, and 5% for the final report.

    Talk on major issue in animal management (20%)
    In groups of up to 5 students will select a major issue from a provided list. In their groups, the students will research approaches that can be made to reduce the impact of this issue and prepare a group oral presentation of 10 min. They will also prepare an infographic summarising the major points in how to reduce the problem in the community. A peer review will be taken into account in allocating the final mark (eg if students only put in 50% of the work on the presentation they will receive 50% of the marks given).
    The infographic will be worth 10% and the oral presentation 10% of final marks.

    Reflective report (10%)
    Students will answer reflective questions on what they learnt from working on their talk on a major issue of animal management. 1000 word maximum

    Final exam (35%)
    Questions will consist of multiple choice, short answer and longer answer formats in a 2 hr written final open book exam assessing students on all lecture and tutorial material.
    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted, then a penalty for late submission will apply.  A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
    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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