CANI500 Working Canines

Updated: 27 September 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Block F Online
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
16 November 2020 19 November 2020 Mandatory None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award in the School of Environmental and Rural Science or the School of Science and Technology
Co-requisites None
Restrictions CANI300 and CANI400

The School of Environmental and Rural Science considers all practical/laboratory/tutorial activities as essential to student learning. Attendance and participation in all practical/laboratory/tutorial classes (sessions) is mandatory - exemptions will not be granted without supporting evidence.

Combined Units CANI300 - Working Canines
CANI400 - Working Canines
Coordinator(s) Wendy Brown (
Unit Description

'Working Canines' focuses on the domestic dog within the context of servicing human needs. Working dogs herd our cattle and sheep, provide us with personal protection and national security, and give independence to the visually impaired. In this unit we will examine the factors that influence performance and trainability in the working dog through an in-depth study of canine structure and function, sensory perception, temperament and behaviour, health-care and kennel management.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in identifying and critically evaluating factors influencing health, welfare and performance in the canine;
  2. apply knowledge and skills to recognise variations in canine morphology and knowledgeably discuss the impact of these on ability to perform specified tasks;
  3. apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility in applying training theories and knowledge of canine cognition in a practical situation;
  4. apply best practices to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate a dog management program for specific organisational requirements and document the plan and its outcomes; and
  5. exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving complex problems in canine performance and management.