ANIML SC 3530RW - Companion Animal and Equine Studies III
Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2022
General Course Information
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 Coordinator: Dr Eduardo Fernandez
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Compare and contrast the domestication of companion animals and equine species 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.
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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.
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.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
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Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
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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.
Learning & Teaching Activities
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Learning Activities SummaryThis course is delivered by face to face and online lectures, tutorials and practical classes.
There will be 2-3 hours of lecture content and 3-4 hours of practical classes or workshops per week.
Students are expected to be prepared for practical classes and tutorials so that they are able to participate fully.
Learning Activities Summary
- 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
- Origins of the horse and roles in society
- Adaptations of horses - gastrointestinal tract and limb anatomy
- Common diseases of the horse
- Management of horses
- Horse handling and examination
- Horse lower limb and gastrointestinal tract dissection
- Dog handling and examination
- Rodent / guinea pig handling and examination
- Field visit to zoo, farm or park (if possible)
Specific Course RequirementsStudents 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). 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.
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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 Information sheet Summative 20% No 2 - 4 Week 12 Theory exam Summative 45% No 1 - 3 Exam period
Assessment DetailQuizzes (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.
Information sheet (20%)
Students will research a specific disease condition in horses, pet birds, reptiles or pocket pets (rats, mice, guinea pigs) and produce an information sheet suitable for horse or pet owners describing the disease and how management practices can prevent and / or correct the problem.
Theory Exam (45%)
The final theory exam will examine all components of the course. It will consist of multiple choice, short answer and long answer questions.
SubmissionIf 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.
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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
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