NS5206: Equine Biology

NS5206: Equine Biology

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Module Title Equine Biology
Module Code NS5206
Module Tutor Julia Webb
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 5
Brief Description

This module considers the ecology, behaviour, evolution and management of the genus Equus. It seeks to introduce the horse from origin, through domestication to the present day.  It explores how the species has adapted and coped to survive in various environmental conditions and how man has exploited various breeds to his advantage. The module will be of interest to any student wishing to learn moreabout whole organism biology, including those who wish to pursue equine studies as a career.

Indicative Syllabus

The module begins by setting the temporal and spatial context for our understanding of horses, donkeys and zebras. Using case study examples, this module examines the evolutionary processes shaping current distribution of breeds and diversity at global and regional scales. The module continues to investigate various breeds and how they have developed and been utilised throughout history. Present dayselective breeding programs and equine management will be discussed (including nutrition, parasites and disease), as will conservation of rare breeds. There will be a focus on anatomy throughout the module and how it influences locomotion. Students will gain practical experience in gait analysis using industry recognised techniques.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

1. Understand and discuss using correct terminology the evolutionary processes and adaptations found in the genus Equus

2. Assess the extent to which present day influences on the breeding process have affected the species

3. Demonstrate knowledge on equine gaits and demonstrate ability to use a range of techniques to analyse anatomy and gait

4. Understand the equine anatomy and physiology and adaptations and efficiencies within the internal systems

5. Discuss anthelmintics treatment techniques for internal parasites based on identification during microscopic analysis

6. Synthesise information from various studbook data to inform breeding management or conservation anf ise case study material to support theory effectivley

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 36
Independent Learning Hours: 114
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 60% Assignment: Individual: 2000 words or equivalent
002: 40% Exam: Unseen, Closed Book: 1.00 hours
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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