Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
HYR301ANIMAL WELFAREElective354
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
The aim of this course is to attempt to gain some basic skills and perspectives on animal welfare and how management practices and environments be modified to improve the welfare of animals.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Prof. Dr. Sezen Özkan Prof. Dr. Turgay Taşkın
Learning Outcomes
1Recognizes the concept of animal welfare
2 Determines the effects of animal welfare on production quality and productivity
3Analyzes the welfare related problems according to the welfare criteria
4Evaluates the management practices at farm level and solves the problems as related with welfare
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
None
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
Importance of animal welfare in respect of animal health and sustainable production; relationships between welfare and productivity, welfare criteria, welfare practices and legal regulatiions in Turkey and European Union, relationship between welfare and stress; animal welfare during transport; animal welfare in organic production; animal welfare in view of consumer demands; relations between animal welfare, food safety and quality .
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1Introduction to course
2Description of Animal Welfare, Five Freedoms of Animal, Basic Principles of Welfare: Nutrition, Housing, Health and Behavior
3Legal Regulations for Animal Welfare in Turkey and European Union
4Assessment of welfare using animal based and environment based criteria
5Stress and adaptive mechanisms of animals as an interaction with environment; and responses to stress
6Animal welfare and productivity
7Abnormal behaviors, relations between stress and welfare
8Animal welfare and human -animal interaction
9MID- TERM EXAM
10Criteria for assessment of Welfare in cattle
11Criteria for assessment of Welfare in Sheep and Goat
12Criteria for assessment of Welfare in Poultry (Delivery of homework reports)
13Welfare of animals during transport and slaughter
14Report presentations
15Alternative husbandry systems to intensive methods in relation to animal welfare
16FINAL EXAM
Recommended or Required Reading
Course note including presentations given during the class Further reading: • Appleby, M.C., Mench, J., Olsson, I.A.E., and Hughes, B. O. (Editors) 2011. Animal Welfare, 2nd Edition. CABI, Cambridge, USA. • Grandin, T. 2007. Livestock Handling and Transport 3rd Edition, CABI, USA. • Mason, G., Rushen, J. 2005. Stereotypic animal behaviour: Fundementals and welfare. CABI Publishing. • Broom D. (1998). – Psychological indicators of stress and welfare. In Ethics, welfare, law and market forces: the veterinary interface (A.R. Michell & R. Ewbank, eds). Universities Federation for Animal Welfare, Wheathampstead, 167-175. • Grant D.I. (1998). – Perceived and actual welfare issues: companion animals. In Ethics, law and market forces: the veterinary interface (A.R. Michell & R. Ewbank, eds). Universities Federation for Animal Welfare, Wheathampstead, 107-111.
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Midterm Examination1100
SUM100
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Final Examination1100
SUM100
Term (or Year) Learning Activities40
End Of Term (or Year) Learning Activities60
SUM100
Language of Instruction
Turkish
Work Placement(s)
None
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination133
Final Examination133
Attending Lectures14342
Report Preparation188
Report Presentation11010
Self Study15230
Individual Study for Mid term Examination11010
Individual Study for Final Examination11414
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)120
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
PO
1
PO
2
PO
3
PO
4
PO
5
PO
6
LO1 2    
LO2 2    
LO3      
LO4   2  
* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
 
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