PROGRAMME QUALITY HANDBOOK FDSC ANIMAL HUSBANDRY & WELFARE - ACADEMIC YEAR 2019-2020

 
PROGRAMME QUALITY HANDBOOK FDSC ANIMAL HUSBANDRY & WELFARE - ACADEMIC YEAR 2019-2020
Plymouth University
                      Academic Partnerships
            CORNWALL COLLEGE (Newquay)
         Programme Quality Handbook
     FdSc Animal Husbandry & Welfare
                 Academic Year 2019-2020

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PROGRAMME
SPECIFICATION

Programme Title: FdSc Animal Husbandry & Welfare

University of Plymouth Programme Code: FT 6628                                                      PT 6629

Partner Faculty: Academic Partnerships, University of Plymouth

Partner Delivering Institution: Cornwall College, Newquay

Start Date: September 2019

First Award Date: FT July 2021-22                                   PT July 2022-23

Date of Approval: 14 May 2019

Date(s) of Revision(s) to this Document: 23 Jan 2019/March 2019/April
19/June 19/10 July 19/19 July 19/6 Aug 19/5 Sept 19

1. Contents
1.    Contents .................................................................................................................................... 2
2.    Programme Details .................................................................................................................... 3
3.    Distinctive Features of the programme and the Student Experience .......................................... 3
4.    Programme Structure ................................................................................................................ 4
5.    Programme Aims ....................................................................................................................... 6
6.    Programme Intended Learning Outcomes .................................................................................. 6
7.    Progression criteria for final and intermediate awards ............................................................... 7
8.    Non Standard Regulations – N/A................................................................................................ 8
9.    Transitional Arrangement .......................................................................................................... 8
10.   Admissions Criteria, including APCL, APEL and DAS arrangements ............................................. 9
11.   Appendix 1 – Programme Specification Mapping (UG)............................................................. 11
12.   Appendix 2 – Work Based Learning Mapping (WBL) ................................................................ 12

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2. Programme Details

 Awarding Institution:                             University of Plymouth
 Partner/Teaching Institution:                     Cornwall College
 Accrediting Body:                                 N/A
 Language of Study:                                English
 Mode of Study:                                    Full Time and Part Time
 Final Award Title:                                FdSc Animal Husbandry and Welfare
 Intermediate Award Title:                         N/A
 UCAS Code:                                        D301
 HECoS Code:                                       100522, 100523, 100936
 Relevant QAA Benchmark Groups:                    The programme has been informed utilising the
                                                   following:
                                                   Framework for Higher Education Qualifications
                                                   (FHEQ)
                                                   Biosciences (Nov 2015)
                                                   The programme has also been designed using
                                                   the Foundation Degree Characteristics
                                                   Statement
 Date of Programme Approval:                       14 May 2019

3. Distinctive Features of the programme and the Student Experience
The FdSc in Animal Husbandry and Welfare is for students interested in working with animals, for
example in a zoo, on a farm or with companion animals. A particular strength is the close
involvement of Newquay Zoo, which sits next to the Centre for Applied Zoology at Cornwall College
Newquay’s Trenance Park site. Education, Research and Keeping staff have been involved in
developing the programme, and contribute to delivery of teaching, as well as providing
opportunities for practical work experience and work-related activities in several modules.
The programme provides:
      Experiences of current practice in a modern working Zoo at Newquay
      Opportunities to develop practical skills and experiences through interactions with a range
       of animal collections, rehabilitation centres, veterinary settings and agricultural contexts,
       including the College’s own animal collections and farms.
      Skills and knowledge required for managing companion, zoo, farm, wild and rescued animals
      An academic underpinning in the fields of animal nutrition, health, welfare and biology.
      A lecturing team who currently work in veterinary practice and livestock farming; and have
       experience in zoo keeping, wildlife rehabilitation and exhibit management.
      Teaching and practical experience which ensures that the animal care practices feed directly
       from current and emerging industry practice.
      Authenticity from teaching which complements and support the direct input students
       receive from partners such as Newquay Zoo.

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4. Programme Structure
 Academic Year                             2019-2020                               University of Plymouth Programme Code              6628
 Programme Title                           FdSc Animal Husbandry &                 Mode of Attendance                                 FT
                                           Welfare
 Course Duration                           2 Years
                                                       FHEQ level: 4 For: FdSc Animal Husbandry & Welfare
   F/T Route Year   When in Year? (I.e. Autumn, Spring etc.)   Core or Option Module   Credits                              Module
      FT - 1                       All Year                           Core               20      CORN1002 Diversity, Classification and Evolution
      FT - 1                       All Year                           Core               20      CORN1004 Animal Nutrition
      FT - 1                       All Year                           Core               20      CORN1003 Health and Welfare of Animals
      FT - 1                       All Year                           Core               20      CORN1005 Key Professional Skills
      FT - 1                       All Year                           Core               20      CORN1006 Fundamentals of Animal Behaviour
      FT - 1                       All Year                           Core               20      CORN1000 Fundamentals of Biology
                                                       FHEQ level: 5 For: FdSc Animal Husbandry & Welfare
   F/T Route Year   When in Year? (I.e. Autumn, Spring etc.)   Core or Option Module   Credits                              Module
      FT - 2                    All Year                         Core              20      NQS219 Individual Research Project
      FT - 2                    All Year                         Core              20      CORN2010 Animal Breeding and Conservation Genetics
      FT - 2                    All Year                         Core              20      CORN2011 Animal Disease
      FT - 2                    All Year                         Core              20      CORN2013 Zoo Exhibit Management in Practice
      FT - 2                    All Year                         Core              20      CORN2014 Husbandry of Captive Vertebrates
      FT - 2                    All Year                         Core              20      CORN2015 Husbandry and Conservation of Aquatic Organisms
         NB: No optional module will run with less than 6 students. Any exception to this will need to be agreed with the relevant Cluster Director.

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Academic Year                             2019-2020                                       University of Plymouth Programme Code              6629
 Programme Title                           FdSc Animal Husbandry & Welfare                 Mode of Attendance                                 PT Indicative
 Course Duration                           3 Years
                                         FHEQ LEVEL 4 PART TIME (INDICATIVE) - FdSc Animal Husbandry & Welfare
    P/T Route Year      When in Year? (I.e. Autumn, Spring etc.)   Core or Option Module    Credits                            Module
        PT - 1                         All Year                           Core                20      CORN1004 Animal Nutrition
        PT - 1                         All Year                           Core                20      CORN1005 Key Professional Skills
        PT - 1                         All Year                           Core                20      CORN1006 Fundamentals of Animal Behaviour
        PT - 1                         All Year                           Core                20      CORN1000 Fundamentals of Biology
                                       FHEQ LEVEL 4/5 PART TIME (INDICATIVE) - FdSc Animal Husbandry & Welfare
    P/T Route Year      When in Year? (I.e. Autumn, Spring etc.)   Core or Option Module    Credits                            Module
        PT - 2                         All Year                       Core Level 4            20      CORN1002 Diversity, Classification and Evolution
        PT - 2                         All Year                       Core Level 4            20      CORN1003 Health and Welfare of Animals
        PT - 2                         All Year                       Core level 5            20      CORN2010 Animal Breeding and Conservation Genetics
        PT - 2                         All Year                       Core level 5            20      CORN2014 Husbandry of Captive Vertebrates
                                         FHEQ LEVEL 5 PART TIME (INDICATIVE) - FdSc Animal Husbandry & Welfare
    P/T Route Year      When in Year? (I.e. Autumn, Spring etc.)   Core or Option Module    Credits                            Module
        PT - 3                       All Year                             Core            20      NQS219 Individual Research Project
        PT - 3                       All Year                             Core            20      CORN2013 Zoo Exhibit Management in Practice
        PT - 3                       All Year                             Core            20      CORN2011 Animal Disease
        PT - 3                       All Year                             Core            20      CORN2015 Husbandry and Conservation of Aquatic Organisms
         NB: No optional module will run with less than 6 students.       Any exception to this will need to be agreed with the relevant Cluster Director.

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5. Programme Aims

 1. Offer a broad, relevant and contemporary curriculum which promotes an understanding of
    animal husbandry and zoological sciences.
 2. Provide the opportunity for students to develop field and laboratory based practical skills
    through experiential and contextualised learning within the natural and captive animal
    environments.
 3. To promote an understanding of animal welfare and develop the skills to apply this to captive
    populations.
 4. To discuss the impacts of captivity on animals, and strategies to mitigate and manage these
    impacts.
 5. To produce graduates with a varied skill set relevant to employment within the national and
    international animal husbandry sector including academic research skills, critical analysis, and
    an ability to assess and appraise data gathered both in the field and through scientific
    literature.
 6. To develop key transferable skills essential for employment in the animal husbandry sector and
    related industries through applied teaching and work-based learning including team work,
    problem solving, project management and communication.

6. Programme Intended Learning Outcomes

6.1     Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)

Knowledge and Understanding
On successful completion graduates will have developed

 a) An understanding of core biological principles at cellular and whole organism level
 b) A knowledge of the underlying theories of animal behaviour
 c) A knowledge of the taxonomy and diversity of animals and other living organisms, with
    understanding of biodiversity conservation imperatives.

6.2     Cognitive and intellectual skills
On successful completion graduates will have developed

 a) The ability to evaluate impacts of captivity on animal health & welfare
 b) The ability to synthesise and critically evaluate relevant literature, problem solve and reflect on
    their personal and professional practice.
 c) The ability to propose and conduct independent hypothesis-driven scientific research.

6.3     Key and transferable skills
On successful completion graduates will have developed the ability to:

 a) Analyse and interpret numerical data

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b) Appraise, summarise and communicate information from the literature and alternative
    media/forms of information
 c) Work both autonomously and within a team.

6.4       Employment related skills
On successful completion graduates will have developed

 a) Capacity to engage with a network of stakeholders in the animal collections and conservation
    sectors
 b) The ability to seek and prepare for employment opportunities in the animal husbandry sector
    and related industries
 c) The capacity to reflect on work experiences apply this to their own career plan

6.5     Practical Skills
On successful completion graduates will have developed

 a) Capacity to contribute to the care and management of animals in captivity in line with
    contemporary safe and healthy professional practices.
 b) An understanding of animal ethics and of how to assess animal welfare in a variety of settings.
 c) Skills for presenting and communicating information in a variety of media, including the use of
    recent and emerging technologies.

7. Progression criteria for final and intermediate awards
Approved “progression route(s)” are those where successful achievement in this programme enables
direct alignment to join a stage of another programme. This is an approach employed primarily for
Foundation Degree students to “top-up” to complete a Bachelor degree, but may be employed for
other award types.

This is in part an automated admissions criterion and therefore progression may be impacted on by
availability of a position on the progression award; however progression opportunity, if not available
in the first year of application, is guaranteed within 3 years.

Progression arrangements with institutions other than Plymouth University carry an increased
element of risk. It is necessary for the delivering partner institution to obtain formal agreement from
that institution to guarantee progression for existing students on the programme. For progression to
Plymouth University, should there be the need to withdraw the progression route programme(s) then
either this will be delayed to provide progression or appropriate solutions will be found. This
arrangement is guaranteed for existing students that complete their programme of study with no
suspensions or repeat years and who wish to progress immediately to the University.

Progression from this programme will be to one of the following final year programmes:

         BSc (Hons) Animal Conservation Science (Level 6) at the University of Plymouth
         BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology (Level 6) at the Centre for Applied Zoology, Cornwall College
          Newquay

The contribution of marks from prior levels of study to the progression award is governed by
University regulations.

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8. Non Standard Regulations

N/A

9. Transitional Arrangement

Students entering Level 4 from September 2019 will enrol onto the newly approved version of the
FdSc Animal Husbandry and Welfare programme. Students progressing from Level 4 to Level 5 from
September 2019 will transfer to the newly approved version of the FdSc Animal Husbandry and
Welfare. All students have confirmed there agreement with the changes and the transition to the
newly approved version of the programme.

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10. Admissions Criteria, including APCL, APEL and DAS arrangements

 Entry Criteria (Qualifications)              Details
 Functional Skills                            L2 Literacy and L2 Numeracy

 GCSE (or equivalent)                         Minimum of Grade C/grade 4 in Maths, English
                                              Language and Science (if science based programme)
 A/AS Levels                                  48 UCAS tariff points to include at least 32 points
                                              from A2 level in relevant subjects
 BTEC National Diploma/Extended
 Diploma/L3 Diploma                           48 UCAS tariff points – in a relevant subject

 BTEC 90 Credit Diploma/Subsidiary
 Diploma*                                     As above in a relevant subject and considered only
                                              with combination of other relevant level 3
                                              qualifications
 City & Guilds (land based) Extended          48UCAS tariff points – in a relevant subject
 Diploma/ Advanced Technical Extended
 Diploma

 City & Guilds (land based) L3 Diploma/       48 UCAS tariff points – in a relevant subject
 Subsidiary Diploma/90 Credit Diploma*        *Usually accepted only in combination with other
                                              relevant L3 qualifications
 Access to HE Diploma                         Successful completion of Access to HE Diploma with
                                              at least 45 credits at level 3 in a relevant subject
 International Baccalaureate                  24 points
 Scottish/Irish                               48 UCAS tariff points to include at least 32 points
                                              from Scottish Advanced Highers/Irish Highers
 Other Level 3 qualifications                 Will be taken into consideration and dependent upon
                                              subject area and number of units studied
 Mature Applicants (over 21)                  Mature applicants with relevant experience but
                                              without the stated entry qualifications will be
                                              considered individually at interview. Where
                                              appropriate applicants may be asked to complete an
                                              entry assignment to assist in ensuring that candidates
                                              are ready for level 4 study.
 Accreditation of Prior Learning              APL will be considered as per University of Plymouth
                                              Regulations and on an individual basis
 Independent Safeguarding Agency              Students who will be carrying out work-based
 (ISA)/Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)   learning where they will be in contact with young
 clearance required                           people under18 or vulnerable adults must be in
                                              receipt of an appropriate DBS. There will be a charge
                                              that will be paid by the student and application needs
                                              to be completed prior to the placement.
 Capability statement                         The College is very supportive of students with
                                              disabilities, and year-on-year we are making
                                              adjustments to assist these students throughout their
                                              studies. On notification of any registered disability or
                                              need for learning support, the Admissions Officer will
                                              notify the Programme Manager and Student Services

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Entry Criteria (Qualifications)         Details
                                         to ensure that applicants are aware of the support
                                         available. Student Services will contact students
                                         about how to apply for support and guide them
                                         through the process to ensure that support is in place
                                         at the start of the academic year. The Programme
                                         Manager should check prior to commencement of the
                                         programme and ensure that appropriate adjustments
                                         are undertaken.
                                         Completing this programme does require a level of
                                         physical fitness and mobility. Where either the
                                         College or the applicant are unsure, TCCG will
                                         institute the ‘Fitness to Study’ procedure in line with
                                         University Regulations.

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Core Modules                       Programme Intended Learning Outcomes contributed to (for more information see Section 6)                         Compensation   Assessment Element(s) and weightings
                                                                                                                                                         Y/N        [use UNISTATs definition]
                                    Knowledge &           Cognitive &           Key & transferable   Employment             Practical skills (6.5)                  E1- exam
                                    understanding (6.1)   intellectual skills   skills (6.3)         related skills (6.4)                                           E2 – clinical exam
                                                          (6.2)                                                                                                     T1- test
                                                                                                                                                                    C1- coursework
                                                                                                                                                                    A1 – generic assessment
                                    a     b     c         a      b      c       a     b     c         a     b      c           a   b      c
                                                                                                                                                                    P1 - practical

          CORN1006 Fundamentals                                                                                                                       Y         C1 60% T1 40%
   Level 4

          of Animal Behaviour
          CORN1002 Diversity,                                                                                                                        Y         C1 60% T1 40%
          Classification and
          Evolution
          CORN1005 Key                                                                                                                             Y         C1 70% T1 30%
          Professional Skills
          CORN1003 Health and                                                                                                                          Y         C1 60% P1 40%
          Welfare of Animals
          CORN1000 Fundamentals                                                                                                                      Y         C1 50% T1 50%
          of Biology
          CORN1004 Animal                                                                                                                             Y         C1 60% P1 40%
          Nutrition
 Level 4 LOs                                                                                                               
          NQS219 Individual                                                                                                                          Y         C1 100%
   Level 5

          Research Project
          CORN2013 Zoo Exhibit                                                                                                                       Y         C1 50% P1 50%
          Management in Practice
          CORN2010 Animal                                                                                                                            Y         C1 50% E1 50%
          Breeding and
          Conservation Genetics
          CORN2014 Husbandry of                                                                                                                Y         T1 40% C1 60%
          Captive Vertebrates
          CORN2015 Husbandry &                                                                                                                 Y         C1 100%
          Conservation of Aquatic
          Organisms
          CORN2011 Animal                                                                                                                           Y         C1 50% T1 50%
          Disease
 Level 5 LOs                                                                                                               
 Confirmed Award LOs                                                                                                       

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11. Appendix 1 – Programme Specification Mapping (UG)

12.    Appendix 2 – Work Based Learning Mapping (WBL)
                                                                       FHEQ level: 4
                                                               Programme         Programme Intended                                 Related Core
 WBL/WRL Activity:      Logistics                                                                     Range of Assessments
                                                               Aim               Learning Outcome                                   Module(s)
 Relevant trips for     Staff led trips to the following       1, 2, 3           6.1a,b,              Redesign of an animal
 animal health care     locations to observe animal                              6.4a,                enclosure incorporating
                        treatment facilities and speak to                        6.5a                 five freedoms and             CORN1003 Health
                        staff about animal health                                                     feedback from trips.          and Welfare and
                        management:                                                                   Test demonstrating            Animals
                        Cornwall Seal Sanctuary                                                       knowledge of animal           CORN179, Animal
                        National Marine Aquarium                                                      husbandry in the              Husbandry
                        Screech Owl Sanctuary                                                         workplace.
                        Newquay Zoo
                        Blue Reef
 Careers search and     Students are asked to search for       5, 6            6.3c,                  Written cover letter, CV,     CORN1005 Key
 application            prospective jobs suitable for them                     6.4a,b,c               practical interview           Professional Skills
                        on graduation, create a CV and
                        cover letter and conduct a mock
                        interview for the job.
                        They need to reflect on the skills
                        needed and add them to their PDP
                        action plan
 Eden project visit     Students are taken to the Eden         1, 2, 5, 6      6.1 a, b, c            Conduct a plant survey,
                        Project as part of the diversity and                   6.3 c                  classify a range of species   CORN1002
                        classification module and are                          6.5 b, c               using dichotomous keys        Diversity,
                        asked to observe and identify a                                               and complete scientific       Classification and
                        number of species and their                                                   drawing to demonstrate        Taxonomy
                        adaptations.                                                                  the key adaptations.
 Animal                 As part of their teaching students     1-6             6.1b                   Reflection on good            CORN152 Animal
 Husbandry/Behaviour    will visit a range of different                        6.2 a                  practice observed on site     Husbandry
 visits                 farms, animal collections and                          6.3 c                  visits. Demonstrate how       CORN1006
                        trusts to observe methods of                           6.4 a, b               practice meets legal          Fundamentals of
                        animal husbandry and training as                       6.5 a, b               requirement.                  Animal Behaviour
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FHEQ level: 4
                                                              Programme       Programme Intended                             Related Core
 WBL/WRL Activity:      Logistics                                                                  Range of Assessments
                                                              Aim             Learning Outcome                               Module(s)
                        well as gain handling skills for a                                         Demonstrate the use of
                        range of animals. Trips include the                                        animal behaviour to
                        following:                                                                 inform effective animal
                        Boscarne Farm                                                              husbandry
                        West Country Trout Farm
                        Flicker Foundation
                        Gwell an Mor
                        St Francis dogs home
                        Duchy Rosewarne
                        Blue Reef
                        Newquay Zoo
                        McTimony- animal chiropractor.
                        During these visits students will
                        also carry out a range of animal
                        behaviour assessments as a
                        method of assessing health and
                        well being.

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FHEQ level: 5
                                                                                         Programme
                                                                           Programme Intended                                           Related Core
 WBL/WRL Activity:        Logistics                                                                      Range of Assessments
                                                                           Aim           Learning                                       Module(s)
                                                                                         Outcomes
 Students must            Guided and supported through personal            1, 2, 3, 5, 6 6.3 a, b, c     Produce a reflective poster
 complete 100 hours of    tutors and HE support staff, each student                      6.4 a, b, c     or presentation that
 relevant work-based      must complete 100 hours of relevant work                       6.5 a, b, c     evaluates the organisation
 learning                 experience. Some of these hours may be                                         where they conducted
                          accounted for by internally organised                                          their work experience as
                          residential field trips such as: Danau Girang,                                 well as their role and how
                          Borneo, Operation Wallacea, Honduras,                                          this will enhance/enable       CORN2013 Zoo
                          Ecotraining, Kruger National Park, SA. Or                                      their future academic and      Exhibit
                          through conference/workshop attendance-                                        career progression.            Management in
                          Herp workers meeting (ARG UK, ARC, CRAG,                                       This is displayed at the       Practice
                          BHS), BIAZA Conferences. Remaining hours                                       annual work experience
                          are completed at recognised and approved                                       fair in Dec where
                          locations locally, nationally and                                              placement providers,
                          internationally.                                                               partners and industry links
                                                                                                         are invited to view the
                                                                                                         posters and presentations.
 Relevant guest           There is a planned guest speaker series          1-6             6.1c          Reflective piece evaluating    CORN2013 Zoo
 speakers and visits to   delivered throughout the first semester                          6.2a, b, c    the effectiveness of a range   Exhibit
 enable students to see   including some site visits to give students an                   6.3 a, b, c   of organisations in their      Management in
 a variety of roles and   insight into the varied roles which exist in                     6.4 a, b, c   contribution to the sector.    Practice
 levels of organisation   this sector. The organisations involved                          6.5 b, c
 with the animal care     include the following:
 sector                   Wild Futures
                          Inspector, RSPCA
                          Keeper, Paignton Zoo
                          Prickles and Paws Hedgehog Rescue
                          BDMLR
                          Keeper, Cornwall Seal Sanctuary
 Veterinary Nurse-        A series of contextualised sessions and          1, 2, 3, 5, 6   6.1 a, b, c   Review of procedures and
                                                                                                                                        CORN2011 Animal
 guest lecturer           workshops to demonstrate key current skills                      6.2 a, b, c   processes used in animal
                                                                                                                                        Disease
                          used in practice within the veterinary sector.                   6.3 b, c

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FHEQ level: 5
                                                                                   Programme
                                                                         Programme Intended                               Related Core
 WBL/WRL Activity:      Logistics                                                                Range of Assessments
                                                                         Aim       Learning                               Module(s)
                                                                                   Outcomes
                        This may include triage, routine treatment,                6.4 a         disease management and
                        and vaccination, surgical and medical                      6.5 a, b, c   treatment
                        procedures.

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