AP2A43-Small Animal Management

Module Provider: Agriculture
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Mrs Rebecca Morgan

Email: r.morgan@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:


This module provides students with a critical overview of the management requirements and practices for various species of small animals kept in domestic environments including small domestic mammals (rabbits, rodents and other small exotic mammals), reptiles and amphibians, birds and fish kept in domestic aquaria. Students will develop skills in the assessment and critical evaluation of small animal management practices and welfare both on theoretical and practical levels. Students will also gain some practical animal handling experience.

Assessable learning outcomes:
At completion of the module, students should be able to:
• Describe and critically evaluate the key management requirements of small animals in domestic situations
• Describe and critically evaluate management practices which contribute to meeting the welfare needs of small animals in domestic situations

Additional outcomes:
Students will be able to develop and demonstrate practical skills in safe handling of small animals.

Outline content:
Through a series of lectures, practical sessions and visits, this module will introduce and critically discuss the management requirements of small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, exotic birds and fish commonly kept in domestic situations and the associated management practices employed, with major reference to maintaining or enhancing animal welfare. The module will enable students to develop practical skills in handling of some small animals and will develop analytical skills useful for the critical evaluation of the welfare of small animals.

Lecture and practical topics include:
- Principles of small animal management including legislation related to the procurement and keeping of small animals in domestic environments
- Nutritional requirements and feeding methods/strategies for different species
- Environmental requirements and methods of accommodating these for different species
- The management of small animals to allow expression of normal behaviour
- Safe and humane methods of handling selected small animals
- Welfare assessment of small animals

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Module content will be delivered through a combination of theory lectures (2 hour sessions with a break in the middle) and visits to animal establishments (4 hour sessions) for practical demonstrations and handling.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Practicals classes and workshops 20
Guided independent study 70
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Portfolio 20
Oral assessment and presentation 30

Other information on summative assessment:

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 submission of an essay.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    1) Required text books: 2) Specialist equipment or materials: 3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: Wellington boots, another pair of flat sturdy footwear, thick trousers/jeans, t-shirt, plain jumper and warm coat (no hoods) etc. are needed for the external visits. 4) Printing and binding: 5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: 6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 September 2017

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