EQUINE LOCOMOTION AND BIOMECHANICS

AGR2ELB

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Equine biomechanics is the understanding of the physical factors that influence a horse's ability to function or compete and why they develop lameness. This subject will cover the major causes of lameness affecting performance - repetitive stress orthopedic injuries, soft tissue injuries and blunt trauma. Students completing this subject will develop their understanding of some basic equine biomechanical locomotion parameters, equine muscle anatamoy, and develop approachs to reduce muscle injury.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted into SBATE and have passed AGR1AEP

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions The student is expected to work with live animals. All use of animals is regulated through the Scientific Procedures Licence and The Australian Code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsHorse anatomy: a coloring atlas, 2nd edn,PrescribedKainer, RO & McCracken, TO, 1998Alpine Publications, Colorado
ReadingsClinical anatomy and physiology for veterinary technicians, 3rd edn,RecommendedColville, TP & Bassert, JMElsevier, St Louis, MI

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify and describe the function of major bones, joints and muscle groups of the horse using anatomical and lay terminologies

Activities:
Lectures, practicals and tutorials

02. Critically evaluate the key characteristics of a horse's gait, considering the biomechanics of movement and key areas of stress

Activities:
Lectures, practicals and tutorials

03. Relate muscle form to function using external landmarks and knowledge of underlying bones, joints and muscle groups.

Activities:
Lectures, practicals and tutorials

04. Produce an accurate anatomical resource by recording images and information of anatomical specimens

Activities:
Practicals and tutorials

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Eight 2.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
"8 x 2 hour lectures Classes per study period. (Semester)"

Practical Week: 10 - 22
Four 3.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"4 x 3 hour practical Classes per study period. (Semester) Held at Northern Lodge (Melbourne Polytechnic, Eden Park)"

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
On-line quizzes (750 words equivalence)Weekly quizzes25 01, 02, 03, 04
Laboratory/practical reports (3 reports, 750 words each, 2250 words total)45 01, 02, 03, 04
Written exam (1.5 hours, 1500 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04