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The Animal Science – Equine degree aims to produce knowledgeable, empowered and globally aware equine scientists capable of addressing broad equine industry concerns through critical discourse, enquiry, innovation and sound scientific principle. The programme aims to satisfy requirements of key stakeholders – students, staff and employers – through cognizance of and responsiveness to the international, national, institutional and discipline specific influences that continuously shape the equine curriculum. Graduates will be equipped to pursue successful careers in both the equine industry and other relevant domains as the graduate attributes gained will be equally relevant in multiple work environments, as specialist expertise as well as broad transferable life skills are emphasized. A variety of teaching and learning strategies are used to promote personal and professional development through fostering critical and practical thinking, problem identification and management and communication skills. Emphasis is placed on understanding and applying scientific principles to address animal husbandry concerns. Active learning is promoted through group projects, problem based learning, class discussion, investigation and experimentation. Student performance is assessed using a range of methods, including continuous class evaluation, written & project assignments and end of semester examinations. This is in addition to a strong emphasis on autonomous student learning via individual project work, reflective reports, assigned readings and the traditional lecture format of teaching. Experiential learning is facilitated by the real-world experiences associated with industry work placement, stud farm visits and incorporation of trips to UCD’s Lyons Research Farm. Innovative teaching technologies such as webinars and podcasts and visits from equine professors at international institutions are employed to promote cultural awareness and appreciation of global perspectives within the equine industry, supporting the integration of knowledge, skills and attitudes.
In addition to the 55 credits of core modules, students must take elective modules amounting to 5 credits.
In addition to the 50 credits of core modules, students must take 10 credits of elective modules.
Students are required to take 60 credits in total. In addition to the 50 or 55 credits of core modules (depending on whether ANSC30220 Equine Health and Husbandry is offered in that year), students must take the remaining 5 or10 credits of elective modules. A period of Professional Work Experience is mandatory and must be undertaken in Stage 3.
Students are required to take 60 credits in total.In addition to the 45 credits of core modules (depending on whether ANSC30220 Equine Health and Husbandry is offered in that year), students must take 15 credits of elective modules. Alternatively, some or all of the 15 credits maybe selected from the additional options listed below.