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Equine Nutrition and Health (ANS366)

Organisational Unit Agricultural Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit will be taught by various experts in the field and will develop knowledge of the theory and practice of equine health and nutrition. Students will also gain an understanding of conformation, exercise physiology, digestion, environmental physiology, hoof/limb care, reproduction and dental care. Practical exercises will introduce students to components of selection, hoof care, dental care and nutritional management, and include 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 health and nutrition. On successful completion of the unit students should be able to demonstrate competence in the following general objectives:
1. Equine management, health and nutrition. To describe the safe handling practices when working with horses in a variety of practical situation and demonstarte practical competence when handling horses. To be able to describe the normal anatomy and physiology of the horse as it relates to general health; conformation, lameness and hoof care; exercise physiology and training; gastrointestinal system; reproductive management and health; environmental physiology.
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 work: up to 3 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit will involve structured timetabled learning in lectures and practical classes to develop knowledge in the theory and practice of equine nutrition and health. Additionally, students will be provided with on-line information to work through at their own pace. In terms of learning outcomes, students will gain an understanding of normal and abnormal health parameters, health management and nutritional management. Practical exercises will reinforce the online and lecture materials to introduce students to components of selection, hoof care, dental care and nutritional management, and include field trips. A group assignment on equine physiological selection and training 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 Group work to prepare a 10-15 minute oral/Powerpoint presentation on an aspect of 'equine physiological training'.
Assessment Assessment consists of:
1. Quizzes x3 (total 15%. i.e. 5% per quiz). Short timed multiple choice quiz, approximately 10-15 questions each quiz, based on the unit topics.
2. Mid semester examination - 20%. (50 minute multiple choice and short answer test) A more comprehensive assessment of student learning covering topics from topics covered prior to the examination (approximately the first 1/3 to ½ of the semesters topics).
3. Group oral presentation - 20%. 10-15 minute group presentation on the training and management of a horse.
4. Final exam - 45%. 2 hour examination that consists predominantly of short answer questions although some multiple choice questions may be included. All teaching materials from the semester, with more emphasis on topics not covered in the mid semester examination.
Prerequisites ANS102 Introduction to the Animal Body OR BMS107 Foundations of Vertebrate Form.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed ANS362 Equine Nutrition and Health 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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