ASC525 Domestic Animal Behaviour (8)

Domestic animals live in a profoundly different habitat to their wild ancestors and in many cases their appearance and behaviour have changed substantially. In some cases the behaviour of domestic animals can be understood only in light of the evolutionary history of the species, yet in other cases, the actions of domestic species are not part of the natural species-specific behaviour at all. Distinguishing between these possibilities is important in identifying situations in which a domestic animal may be under stress or its welfare compromised.

Subject availability
Session 2 (60)
Online
Wagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.
Subject Information
Grading System
HD/FL
Duration
One session
School
School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Enrolment restrictions

This subject is for students in an approved Masters or Postgraduate Level Courses. It may also be undertaken by students in the Bachelor of Animal Science and Bachelor of Equine Science courses as electives, following approval by the subject and course coordinators.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain in detail the importance of domestication, physiology, motivation, learning, social behaviour and human-animal relations to domestic animal behaviour;
  • be able to describe the importance of abnormal behaviour and stress to animal welfare;
  • be able to recognise behavioural indicators of positive and negative welfare state;
  • be able to conduct, interpret and present animal behaviour research and;
  • be able to describe the origin, social behaviour, foraging and feeding, mating, care and management of some of the major domestic species.
Syllabus
The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Topic 1: Introduction to domestic animal behaviour
  • Topic 2: Origin of domestic animals
  • Topic 3: Measuring behaviour
  • Topic 4: Social behaviour
  • Topic 5: Foraging and feeding
  • Topic 6: Mating behaviour and care of offspring
  • Topic 7: Management and welfare
  • Topic 8: Behaviour Genetics, Evolution and domestication
  • Topic 9: Behaviour and Physiology
  • Topic 10: Motivation
  • Topic 11: Learning and Cognition
  • Topic 12: Social and Reproductive behaviour
  • Topic 13: Abnormal behaviour, stress and welfare
  • Topic 14: Human-Animal relations
Contact
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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