AP1A26-Animal Science In Practice 1

Module Provider: School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Caroline Rymer

Email: c.rymer@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

The module has three aims. (1) To enable students to develop an understanding of the scope of animal science (2), to enhance skills in verbal and written communication, and (3) to introduce students to animal science research and develop numeracy and statistical skills, including data handling, computing and interpretation.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:
•Describe and reflect on the functions, facilities, services and/or outputs of sectors in the animal science field
•Collect, store and manipulate data from small scale research projects using Excel
•Carry out simple statistical exercises
•Interpret and present research findings

Additional outcomes:
In addition to the major outcomes assessed above, students will:
•Understand some key concepts associated with designing an animal science research project.
•Work as part of a team to undertake small research projects.
•Gain an insight into management of research projects
•Find and retrieve information from library and web sources
•Gain experience of producing and delivering a poster presentation and producing a technical report

Outline content:
The module includes two contrasting research projects which will require the class to work together in research teams. It involves hands-on experience of behavioural studies, chemical analysis of samples, and analysis of data. Students will receive formal guidance in the development of data handling, statistical analysis and computing.
The module also includes external visits to businesses or organisations where animal science is in practice.

The series of sessions is intended to cover:

•The scope of the field of animal science including examples of animal science in practice, through external visits
•Written communication
•Finding and retrieving information
•Basic principles of experimental design
•Selected laboratory analyses
•Behavioural studies
•Introduction to data analysis and interpretation

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The Animal, Dairy and Food Chain Science section of the Sustainable Agricultural and Food Systems research division (of which the BSc Animal Science programme is a part) is a key element of the School of Agriculture’s activity. As members of this division, students will act as Assistant Scientists in the research company Animal Science in Practice Research Enterprises (ASPiRE). Students will be involved in two elements of ongoing research projects that we are involved in. From the data that students collect and analyse, students will prepare a report for ASPiRE and a poster presentation for the Animal Science conference in the spring term. This will use the skills in data analysis learnt in the autumn term, and give an insight into the management of a research project.
Students will also attend a series of visits to different organisations or businesses where animal science is in practice.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 8 2
Seminars 4 4
Practicals classes and workshops 4 4
External visits 6 8
Guided independent study 78 82
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 40
Portfolio 30
Project output other than dissertation 30

Other information on summative assessment:
The assessments will include:
Report on a laboratory based study .
A portfolio and reflective assignment relating to the external visits.
A team poster presentation on an animal study.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    By examination in August/September.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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