ASC302 Applications of Equine Science: contemporary issues (8)

This subject allows students to investigate and evaluate the issues that currently affect the equine industry in general and equestrianism in particular. In the course of this subject students will develop and enhance their communication skills using a range of modalities suitable to the topic and audience in question. Students will also gain an appreciation of the complexities of the equestrian world, including impacts of tradition, the complexities of integrating differing cultural and traditional beliefs and how these integrate to facilitate human behaviour change. By the end of this subject students will be able to evaluate contemporary research findings from a growing number of academic disciplines in relation to equine industry practice and the equid, and be able to communicate effectively with equine-based practitioners in order to enhance existing practitioner understanding and assist with effecting any necessary changes across a wide range of equestrian disciplines.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ASC302. 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



One session


School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Equine Science, Bachelor of Equine Science (Business Management), Bachelor of Animal Science or Bachelor of Animal Science (Honours).  Students from other subjects may be admitted with permission of the Subject Coordinator and appropriate Course Director.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to assess and interpret the issues that currently affect the equine industry against a scientific evidence-based framework;
  • be able to critically appraise the significance of contemporary developments in equine science to the equine industry;
  • be able to evaluate the findings from other non-equine areas of investigation in relation to equine based activities;
  • be able to summarise, justify and communicate the results of contemporary equine research to a wide range of equestrian-audiences;
  • be able to create meaningful information and communicate it in an effective way using social media and smart-technology within the equine industry; and
  • be able to devise strategies and activities to support and acknowledge tradition of Indigenous Australian and cultural influences on human behaviour change regarding equine practice.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Equine specific contemporary topics as identified by cohort year on year
  • Scientific frameworks, principles of good science, abductive science, dissemination of research findings, summaries, position statements and press/media releases
  • Communication within the equine industries and client care
  • Building respectful human relationships such as between Indigenous Australians and non-indigenous Australians including integration and synthesis of differing beliefs

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ASC302 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Evidence-based analysis in equine industry - essay
Appliance of science - portfolio
Saying it 'right' - social media communication log

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.