AP3A101-Canine and Feline 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: Mrs Rebecca Morgan

Email: r.morgan@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

This module aims to provide the student with an understanding of various aspects of canine and feline science including nutrition, feeding, health, reproduction, behaviour and training.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:
• With reference to origins, domestication, digestion and metabolism, critically assess canine and feline nutrient requirements and appraise a variety of canine and feline foods and feeding strategies.
• Critically evaluate canine and feline health problems resulting from diet and feeding practices, breeding practices and infectious agents.
• Review the distinguishing features of canine and feline reproductive physiology and critically assess the control of breeding.
• Describe and discuss canine and feline communication, behaviour, modes of learning and training methods; critically evaluate the management of canine behaviour problems.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
The module, which will be of interest to students of animal science, zoology and biological sciences, will cover a range of topics:
•The evolution and origins of dogs and cats
•Digestion and metabolism in dogs and cats
•Pathologies associated with nutrition and metabolism
•Nutrient requirements, diets and feeding
•Infectious disease and vaccination
•Reproduction and breeding of dogs and cats
•Communication and social behaviour of dogs and cats
•Learning and training in the dog; dealing with problem behaviour

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There will be a 2-hour seminar (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 50
Written assignment including essay 40
Class test administered by School 10

Other information on summative assessment:
Coursework includes a written assignment that is worth 40% and two online tests worth 5% each.

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:
    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):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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