Equine Research Technology - (15 credits)

This module is designed to expose students to a wide range of technology and techniques currently used to conduct equine-based research. Students will be able to identify quantitative and qualitative methods available for use in experimental design across a variety of different equine-related disciplines, such as biomechanics, exercise physiology, welfare and behavioural research. The relative advantages and disadvantages of various methods will be evaluated in relation to the validity of published equine research. Through a combination of theory and practical teaching, students will be able to appreciate the value and application of these tools within scientific enquiry. Students will learn why, when, and how to carry out various sampling methods, which will also involve evaluating experimental design in research papers. Techniques to analyse and interpret this data will also be studied to provide students swith the skills to perform their own research investigations within this and other modules.