The module has a strong emphasis on the principles that underpin effective management to promote equine health, welfare and performance. Students will realize the importance of high standards and routines in yard management and will understand how their knowledge to can be put to sound practical use. Achievement of this module will contribute to the success of students within the equine industry and hence the future of the horse in sport and leisure activities.
The module allows students to plan and run an event, or contribute to one or more events, using planning techniques. The event enables the development and implementation of organizational and control skills which are an essential part of the management role in equine sector organizations. Equine organizations increasingly look to special events as a very important source of revenue and publicity, and some equine companies’ role is entirely based on organizing and managing events.
- Module leader: Jarmila Bone
An understanding of the scientific principles underpinning the practical management of horses is essential to an equine degree student. This module has a strong emphasis on how effective management can promote health and performance. It also includes key health and safety issues. Emphasis is placed on those seasonal issues which relate to horses under grass kept conditions, hence practical tasks, health, welfare and application of scientific theory are tailored for the timing of this module's delivery.
The objective evaluation of fitness underpins exercise prescription in the fields of medical exercise prescription and athletic training. This module will investigate and analyse the components of fitness within sport and exercise and compare a range of laboratory and field based tests. Students will learn the importance of fitness and performance testing as a key tool in the design of an individual's training prescription. The module will also consider health and safety and informed consent.
This module develops practical skills in the care, management and use of horses, which will underpin future employment in the practical equine industry and support theoretical aspects of the course in modules such as Equine Health Management and Grassland Science & Production and Dissertation. The module includes the theory relating to health and safety, along with the legal obligations of the employer. Issues relating to the health and welfare of the horse are covered, including disease control, stable construction, transportation of horses and management of horses at grass. Daily routine and strategic management are covered on a variety of enterprises, including riding establishments, competition yards and studs, to give first year students an appreciation of the diversity of management systems in the equine industry. Feeding the stable and grass kept horse, assessing health and condition, fitting and safe usage of saddlery and related equipment and general yard health and safety are particularly emphasised in this introductory module. Ridden work concentrates initially on riding on the flat and over ground poles, then moves on to riding over fences and in the open. Lungeing and long-reining are introduced in the latter half. The practical tasks underpinning stud management theory focus on the seasonality of the breeding industry, focusing initially on mare and stallion selection and preparation for breeding, then on management of the pregnant mare, foaling and neonatal care.
This page has been set up so that students may select a suitable time to have a one-to-one tutorial with their personal tutor. Each tutorial is scheduled to last for 20 minutes. Every student is expected to register for a minimum of one tutorial per semester.
This module will examine the application of scientific training principles to develop fitness in sport and exercise settings. It will illustrate how a detailed understanding of the physiological principles explaining adaptation and reversibility can be applied to the effective design of training programmes for a range of client groups. It will also evaluate the scientific evidence to support the use of a variety of systems and methods of training. Students will be given the opportunity to work towards a nationally recognised qualification in fitness instruction.
The module will enable the students to understand the theoretical principles underlying the coaching process applying these to different sports. The management and effectiveness of the coach in different situations and with different performers will be examined and related to skills acquisition. The concept of coaching as a complex, multi layered method to improve performance including multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches will be analysed by the student. The module content will reflect the on-going trends and initiatives in coaching and provide the students with valuable and up-to-date knowledge of these.
This module aims give the student a good understanding the principles of saddle fitting in different breeds of horses. It also aims to show the range of different types and styles of saddles available and investigates the constraints and advantages of less conventional saddles. The farriery section investigates the principles of basic shoeing and foot balance and encourages the student to identify a well shod foot. It also discusses the benefits/problems associated with corrective shoeing and barefoot trimming.
- Module leader: Sue Tracey
This module is designed to develop analytical, technological, communication and learning skills. These will be developed in an appropriate vocational context by focusing on the key features of the industry sector(s) associated with the students’ course of study. This will include consideration of the types and characteristics of the organisations within the sector and the internal and external factors which influence their activities.
Delivery of the module aims to meet the needs of a diverse student profile and will therefore adopt a flexible approach centered around the personal development planning (PDP) process and the particular academic discipline.
The Sector Skills module is intended to provide the academic and personal skills essential for successful HE study and employment. It provides a foundation for the development of graduate level academic and professional skills later in the course.
Sector Studies for Sport will develop a range of professional and academic skills necessary for successful HE study and employment in organisations within the sector. The emphasis of the Sports and Exercise Performance degrees is upon coaching science. Sector Studies for Sport will aim to equip students with the key communication and numeracy skills they require as scientists and will also facilitate their personal and professional development as sports practitioners.
Many students study sport with a view to becoming fitness advisors, athletic trainers or teachers. The module will examine these professions by considering the academic and vocational qualifications needed for entry, the structure of the organisations delivering in these areas, personal and professional standards, and the internal and external factors
affecting the professions.
- Module leader: Gregory Deacon
This module examines the effects and benefits of regular exercise upon preadolescent and adolescent young people, individuals with disability, and the elderly. It focuses on the growth patterns in the young, and common conditions in the ageing population, such as CHD, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. It introduces the role of exercise prescription and its use to control common conditions in the chosen populations.
This module develops practical skills in the care, management and use of horses, which will underpin future employment in the practical equine industry and support theoretical aspects of the course in modules such as Equine Health Management and Grassland Science & Production and Dissertation. The module includes the theory relating to health and safety, along with the legal obligations of the employer, with particular emphasis on the stud environment. Issues relating to the health and welfare of the horse are covered, including disease control, stable construction, transportation of horses and management of horses at grass. Daily routine and strategic management focus on stud related enterprises, such as thoroughbred and performance horse studs, training yards and the so-called ‘small’ breeders who keep few mares/stallions or raise bought-in youngstock for onward sale. The practical tasks underpinning theory concentrate on the seasonality of the breeding industry, focusing initially on mare and stallion selection and preparation for breeding, then on management of the pregnant mare, foaling and neonatal care.
This module is designed to introduce you to studying Higher Education at Writtle University College. You will be welcomed by the key members of your teaching team and your course manager will talk you through the essentials so you are ready to go when you arrive at Writtle.
By completing this module online you will become familiar with Writtle’s Moodle pages and some of the types of activities you will meet on your course. The module is specifically linked to modules on your course so you are prepared and know what to expect.
- Module leader: Isobel Gowers