AP3A100-Equine Science

Module Provider: School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Rachael Neal

Email: r.a.neal@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

The module is designed to enable students to build on and apply their existing scientific knowledge of physiology, nutrition and behaviour, to horses and the discipline of equine science. Special emphasis is placed on the relationship between the growing knowledge of equine biology, and its impact on equine management and performance.

Note: The module will be of particular interest to students in animal science, zoology and biological sciences. Students from other subject areas are welcome to consider this module, but are advised to contact the module convenor to check prior study is appropriate. Students are not required to have previous experience with horses to successfully complete this module.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:
•Critically evaluate nutritional requirements, factors influencing choice of diet and pathologies associated feeding practices in horses, in the context of their origins, digestive physiology and metabolism.
•Describe and evaluate the physiology of the horse in relation to reproduction and to exercise, training and athletic performance. Discuss the management of horses to optimise breeding and athletic performance.
•Describe and discuss communication and social behaviour in horses and critically evaluate the origins, consequences and management of problem behaviour

Additional outcomes:
Students will gain experience of writing in a style suitable for the lay reader.

Outline content:
The Lecture Content covers:

• Origins and domestication of equines
• Horses as grazing animals
• Equine digestion and metabolism
• Pathologies associated with nutrition, diets and feeding practices
• Nutrient requirements of horses
• Feeding horses at work and at rest
• Equine reproduction and breeding
• Equine exercise physiology of performance horses
• Equine behaviour and behaviour problems

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There will be a 2-hour lecture (with a short break in the middle) each week.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Guided independent study 80
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 60
Written assignment including essay 40

Other information on summative assessment:
A written assignment in the style of a science magazine article (40%)

Formative assessment methods:
Multiple choice questions will be available on Blackboard.

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:
    A one and a half hour paper requiring one answer from two questions in Section A and one answer from two questions in Section B.

    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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    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
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    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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