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					THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTHAMPTON
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MODULE SPECIFICATION

The module specification represents a formal definitive statement,
which is kept updated and used for the purposes of approval,
delivery and reference.

 * Indicates that the information under this heading is definitive and can
only be amended through the change of approval procedure.

SCHOOL            Applied Science (Moulton College)

DIVISION          Moulton College

FIELD*            Animal Welfare

MODULE            Complementary Animal Therapies
TITLE*



Module Code         Level*          Credit Value*     Leader

ANW3023             6               20                G. Liste




LOCATION(S)                          MODE(S)

Moulton College                          Standard


Pre-requisites*:
Any 2 Level 5 ANW modules

Co-requisites*:
None

Restrictions*:
None

Description*:

Complementary therapies are becoming more popular within the animal
industry. A student with the ability to express sound judgement on these
practices and their contextual recommendation will be increasingly valued.
The module will provide the student with the opportunity to integrate
specialist knowledge and understanding with aspects of complementary
veterinary medicine and to critically appraise information to reach well-
judged conclusions regarding the efficacy of these techniques. This
module is compulsory for students following the Veterinary Health
pathway.
Learning Outcomes*:

On successful completion of the module students will be able to:

Knowledge and Understanding

a) Analyse and appraise different types of complementary therapies

b) Investigate potential mechanisms of action and analyse the
effectiveness of a range of complementary therapies used in animals

c) Critically assess legislatory and ethical issues involved with the use of
complementary and alternative therapies

Subject - specific Skills

d) Justify applications and limitations for complementary therapies for the
treatment of animal diseases and conditions

Key Skills

e) Access and select a range of information for research purposes

f) Compare and evaluate information from a range of sources in forming
judgements

g) Make and justify decisions following consideration of options

Indicative Content:

Review principles and mechanisms of action of the following therapies:
homeopathy,      acupuncture,  physiotherapy    and     hydrotherapy,
aromatherapy, Tellington Touch, herbal remedies and healing.
Appropriateness of individual therapies for specified diseases and
conditions.

Understand the concept of the placebo effect and problems associated
with studies designed to investigate the efficacy of complementary
therapies. Suitability of applying placebo tests to complementary
therapies. Principles of study design.

Review the ethics and legislation involved with the use of veterinary
complementary therapies, highlighting topical issues.

Critically appraise the justification of the use of complementary therapies
in practice. Motivation of clients for seeking help outside the conventional
setting. Advantage and disadvantages of the use of individual therapies.




Teaching and Learning Strategy:
This module will be delivered via a number of formal lectures, workshops
and seminars. Group work and discussion activities will be key elements.
Students will be expected to take responsibility for their learning in terms
of the development of personal skills plans and by participation and
management of a range of activities.

TEACHING, LEARNING + ASSESSMENT ACTIVITIES                   STUDY
                                                             HOURS

Workshops/seminars                                           42

Visiting speakers/practical presentations                    6

Assignment                                                   20

Exam                                                         30

Directed study                                               102

Total                                                        200

Contextual Arrangements

None

Assessment strategy*and assessment criteria:

The short assignment will assess the student’s ability to gather
information and present it succinctly. The work will focus on a critical
appraisal of complementary therapies.

The exam will test the student’s understanding of purported and proven
mechanisms of action of complementary veterinary therapies, their use
and popularity. The student will be required to consider ethical and legal
aspects of their use as well as circumstances when complementary
therapies are indicated or not contra-indicated.

For 2009/10

 ASSESSMENT ITEMS                  UNITS       WEIGHTING LEARNING
                                                         OUTCOMES
Assignment (2000 words)            2           40%            a, d, e, f, g
Seen Exam (2 hours)                3           60%            a, b, c, e

From 2010/11

 ASSESSMENT ITEMS                  UNITS       WEIGHTING LEARNING
                                                         OUTCOMES
Assignment (2000 words)            2           40%            a, d, e, f, g
Formal Exam (2 hours)              3           60%            a, b, c, e

Assessment criteria:
 Standard UMF grading will be used. Specific assessment criteria will be
issued with each assignment.



Approval and review dates:


 Date of approval:        May 2006

Date of revision: July   Section: all reviewed and approved
2009                     at PSR

Date of Revision: May
2010. Effective          Section: Weightings
September 2010

Awards Compulsory        BSc Applied Animal Studies (Veterinary
for:                     Health)

Awards Designated
for:

				
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