CANI500 Working Canines

Updated: 21 November 2018
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

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

Start Finish Attendance Notes
28 August 2019 30 August 2019 Mandatory None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
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 performance and trainability 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 kennel management program for specific organisational requirements and document the plan and its outcomes; and
  5. exercise high level critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving complex problems in canine performance.