Bachelor of Science (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare
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Scientific Method and Ethics in Biology:
This module explores how modern scientific research is conducted; the importance of professional ethics in science, based on principles of rigour, respect and responsibility; the essential elements of effective science communication; and the development of critical scientific thinking involving graphical, numerical and statistical approaches. It includes examples of reliable (`good') and unreliable (`bad') science.
Bachelor university requirements. To include grade B in A level Biology and a C in a second science (Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Geography or Geology)
Partial coverage (e.g. a module)
No species is addressed specifically
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In your first year, you will learn the core skills and fundamental science required to be able to study animal behaviour and welfare, since it is critical when working in these fields to have a strong understanding of the underlying science. You will study evolution, behaviour, physiology, microbiology and ecology, whilst developing your skills in experimental design and interpretation. You will understand the importance of statistical analyses in behavioural studies and will be able to perform fundamental data analyses. You will gain these skills and through a mix of lectures, tutorials and laboratory practicals. You will also undertake a field trip to Slapton Ley in South Devon, where you will study the ecology and behaviour of organisms in the wild and in an agricultural setting - this is included in your tuition fees.
BIOL119Z Introduction to Biology
BIOL121Z Animal Physiology and Microbiology
BIOL122Z Behaviour and Ecology
BIOL126Z Animal Behaviour Field Biology
BIOL129Z Professional Development in Biological Sciences 1
BIOL124PPZ Biology of Sex
BIOL125PPZ Scientific Method and Ethics in Biology
In your second year, you will understand the factors that influence how and when animals interact with one another and with their environment. You will develop a deeper understanding of animal physiology and metabolism, and how it can be applied to promote health, reproduction and growth in a range of animal species. You will develop your understanding of experimental design and data analysis, building on material covered in your first year. You will be able to interpret studies published in the scientific literature and will be able to compare and contrast your data with those of other studies. You will undertake a second field trip, this time to the Netherlands, where you will study welfare and behaviour of animals in a wide range of zoos, allowing you to study a range of exotics in a captive settings, as well as being able to compare different philosophies and practices in animal husbandry, and their impacts on welfare and behaviour. Like your first year field trip, this is included in your tuition fees.
You can alternatively undertake your second year at one of a selection of overseas universities through our Year Abroad scheme. When you return, you will go straight into your final year, so you degree still takes 3 years overall.
BIOL205Z Animal Behaviour
BIOL215Z Methods in Behaviour and Conservation
BIOL224Z Animal Behaviour and Welfare Field Course
BIOL225Z Professional Development in Biological Sciences 2
BIOL226Z Animal Ecophysiology
BIOL227Z Animal Health and Welfare
BIOL204Z Principles of Conservation Biology
BIOL229Z Neurobiology and Behaviour
Optional Placement Year
Many of our students carry out an optional placement year between their second and final years. You can undertake either two 3 month work placements or one 6 month placement, though many of our students opt to spent up to 12 months at their placement provider. You will be supported by a Placement Adviser - a member of academic staff from the School - who will act as your point of contact with the University. Examples of placement providers that our students have been based at in the past include the UK Wolf Conservation Trust, the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust (Jersey) and the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB, South Africa) - placements are commonly taken both in the UK and overseas and provide an excellent opportunity to expand your horizons and strengthen your transferable skills, ready for the job market.
Given the opportunities a Placement Year gives and the positive impact it brings to employability, we strongly encourage all students to give serious consideration to undertaking a Placement Year.
In your final year of study, you will study a core module in animal welfare and ethics, as well as a selection from a range of optional modules, allowing you to specialise in behavioural ecology, applied conservation biology, animals and society, and animal nutrition. You will also study our Advanced Skills and Concepts module, within which you will select three 'podules', allowing you to specialise in key practical-focused areas that have been developed to give you industry-relevant skills not typically found within undergraduate programmes. In common with all honours degrees in the UK, a major part of your final year is your research project, in which you will apply the skills and understanding you have developed through your studies to a piece of research, supervised by a member of academic staff.
BIOL307Z Advanced Skills and Concepts
BIOL313Z Animal Welfare and Ethics
BIOL315Z Personal Research
BIOL308Z Applied Conservation Biology
BIOL319Z Animals and Society
BIOL320Z Animal Nutrition
MBIO317Z Behavioural Ecology
Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.
The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change
Core skills and fundamental science required to be able to study animal behaviour and welfare,
Evolution, behaviour, physiology, microbiology and ecology, whilst developing your skills in experimental design and interpretation.
Importance of statistical analyses in behavioural studies and will be able to perform fundamental data analyses.
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This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology
Bachelor on Animal Behaviour and Welfare
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