Animal Welfare

University of Reading

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Animal Welfare

  • Host University

    University of Reading

  • Location

    Reading, England

  • Area of Study

    Agriculture, Animal Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    Module Provider: Agriculture
    Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
    Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
    Non-modular pre-requisites:
    Modules excluded:
    Module version for: 2014/5
    Module Convenor: Dr Caroline Rymer
    Summary module description:
    This module aims to provide a reasoned, objective understanding of the issues raised by a number of human activities which intimately involve animals and where the welfare of the animal is commonly perceived to be compromised by the actions of humans.
    Assessable learning outcomes:
    By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:
    ? Evaluate objective methods by which animal suffering may be assessed
    ? Define and discuss sentience in animals
    ? Evaluate the ethical issues related to animal welfare and the legal protection afforded to animals
    ? Critically analyse the extent of animal suffering resulting from human activities
    ? Discuss alternatives to the use of animals (e.g. in research).
    Additional outcomes:
    Outline content:
    The module provides a wide-ranging review of issues related to animal welfare and suffering. Lectures consider the ethics of animal suffering, legal protection provided to animals, and the means by which animal suffering may be assessed. A detailed and analytical consideration is then given to the measurable effects of experimentation, farming and captivity. Much of the course will be of interest to animal scientists, zoologists and biologists.
    The lectures cover:
    ? Animal welfare, ethics and the law
    ? Physiological and behavioural measures of welfare
    ? The animal?s sense of self
    ? The welfare of animals in research
    ? The welfare of farm animals
    ? The welfare of companion animals
    ? The welfare of zoo animals.
    The practical component covers:
    ? Project work, in student teams, researching a specified issue of animal welfare (e.g. welfare issues associated with ferreting) and presenting this topic to the rest of the class.
    ? An individual literature review on a chosen aspect of animal welfare.
    Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
    There will be a two-hour seminar (with a short break in the middle) each week. Supporting video material may be shown. Information gathering (library and internet sources) for the project.
    Contact hours:
    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 25
    Oral assessment and presentation 25
    Other information on summative assessment:
    A team presentation to be given towards the end of the Autumn term with an individual literature review to be submitted in the first week of the Spring term.
    Formative assessment methods:
    Penalties for late submission:
    The Module Convener 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.
    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:
    One and a half hours examination paper requiring answers from two of four questions.
    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.
    Reassessment arrangements:
    By re-examination in August/September.
    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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