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Equine Physiology and Behaviour (ANS365)

Organisational Unit Agricultural Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit will be taught by various experts in the field and will develop knowledge in the theory and practice of equine physiology, anatomy and behaviour. Students will also gain an understanding of the evolution of horses and human-equine interactions. Practical exercises will introduce students to components of sensory systems, anthropomorphism, ethology, behaviour, and learning theory, including field trips.
Unit Learning Outcomes This unit will be taught in a combination of lectures, tutorials, demonstrations and practical exercises and will develop the student's knowledge of the theory and practice of equine learning and training, and how the horse's physiology and innate behaviour impinge on this. Students will gain an understanding of the evolution of horses and human-equine interactions and the processes involved in training, practical relevance of equine sensory systems, anthropomorphism, ethology, behaviour, learning theory, and ethics.
On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to demonstrate competence in the following general objectives:
1. Equine physiology and behaviour. To describe the history of the Australian equine industry, and the ethics and welfare considerations that have developed within it. To understand and be able to explain how the horse, in the context of this unit, senses and responds to its environment (including human/animal interactions), in terms of physiology, but more importantly, in terms of its behaviour. To become conversant with the 'language' of the equine industry, and be able to correctly use this terminology. To recognise the range of behavioural patterns that are displayed by horses. Through the process of critical evaluation, gain an understanding of how learning theories are applied to animal training. To be able to critically appraise various training methods. To appreciate that various nutritional factors can affect the behaviour of horses. To appreciate the ethics associated with the use of horses for pleasure, sport or work
2. Computer-assisted learning. To develop self-directed learning skills by demonstration of interest and competence with experimentation and computer-assisted learning.
3. Oral and written communication of scientific information. Research and present information both orally and in writing to colleagues at the appropriate level.
4. Team work. To demonstrate an ability to communicate and work effectively as a team member in the preparation and presentation of a group project.
5. Professionalism. To demonstrate professionalism through compliance with Murdoch University professionalism policies, in particular the ethical and safe use of animals and animal tissues.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 3 hours per week, practicals/field: up to 3 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is structured timetabled learning in lectures and practicals to develop knowledge in the theory and practice of equine physiology, anatomy and behaviour. Two group behavioural training assignments (video and oral presentation) is to be completed by each student to engage them in how they have integrated the concepts and issues presented each week in the subject, and how they connect these to an applied scenario.
Other Learning Experiences Training assignment: group work to prepare a 10 - 15 minute oral/Powerpoint presentation on an aspect of 'equine behavioural training'.
Assessment Assessment consists of a mid-semester theory exam (30% equivalent 1350 words), an endo of semester theory exam (50% equivalent 2250 words), and the group training assignment (20% equivalent 900 words), due towards the end of semester. Our assessment strategies aim to ensure students attain an appropriate standard, provide feedback on their progress, and give reward for extra effort, self-guided learning, and for 'deep learning'.
Prerequisites BMS107 Foundations of Vertebrate Form and Function OR ANS102 Introduction to the Animal Body.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed ANS361 Equine Physiology and Behaviour may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Minors Equine Science
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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