ANIML SC 3530RW - Companion Animal and Equine Studies III

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2022

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 and management to reduce disease and improve welfare are included. Students will learn the common breeds and terminology relating to companion animal species. There will be opportunities for students to practice the correct handling of some of these species. The course will include a field trip where practical to allow students to hear and experience topics covered in the course.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ANIML SC 3530RW
    Course Companion Animal and Equine Studies III
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 3
    Contact up to 6 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites ANIML SC 1015RW and ANIML SC 1016RW
    Incompatible ANIML SC 2500RW
    Restrictions Available to BSc (Animal Behaviour) and 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 and management to reduce disease and improve welfare are included. Students will learn the common breeds and terminology relating to companion animal species. There will be opportunities for students to practice the correct handling of some of these species. The course will include a field trip where practical to allow students to hear and experience topics covered in the course.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Karen Kind

    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 and mouse
    2 Describe major diseases of companion animals and horses and the links between husbandry and disease
    3 Discuss the positive and negative aspects of companion animals in society
    4 Improve 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)

    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 - 3

    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.

    4

    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.

    4

    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.

    4

    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.

    4

    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.

    3, 4
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.

    Workload

    No information currently available.

    Learning Activities Summary
    This course is delivered by face to face and online lectures, tutorials and practical classes.
    There will be 2-3 hours of lecture content, 1 hour tutorial and 2-3 hours of practical classes per week.
    Students are expected to be prepared for practical classes and tutorials so that they are able to participate fully.
    This course utilises MyUni and resources including announcements, lectures, tutorials and further reading material will be available on the MyUni course pages.
     
    Learning Activities Summary:
    • Origins of the horse and roles in society
    • Adaptations of horses
    • Common diseases of the horse
    • Management of horses
    • Origins of the dog and cat and roles in society
    • Common diseases of the dog and cat
    • Positive and negative impacts of dogs and cats in society
    • Parasitology of horses, dogs and cats
    • Rodent care and management
    • Bird care and management
    • Reptile care and management
    Practical topics may include:
    • Horse handling and examination
    • Horse lower limb dissection
    • Dog handling and examination
    • Field visit to organisation/farms/parks (if possible)
    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.

    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 Task Type Weighting Hurdle
    Yes or No
    Learning Outcome Due
    Quizzes Formative and summative 15% No 1 - 3 Weeks 1 - 12
    Impacts of companion animals in society Summative 20% No 2 - 4 Week 6
    Horse scenario Summative 30% No 2 - 4 Week 12
    Theory exam Summative 35% No 1 - 3 Exam period
    Assessment Detail
    Quizzes (total of 15%)
    Students will complete weekly quizzes throughout the semester. Quizzes will consist of 10-20 multiple choice or short answer questions.
     
    Impacts of companion animals in society (20%)
    Students will prepare materials of their choice to describe and suggest solutions for a problem caused by companion animals.
     
    Horse scenario (30%)
    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%).
     
    Theory Exam (35%)
    The final theory exam will examine all components of the course. It will consist of multiple choice, short answer and long answer  questions.
    Submission
    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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