Course Content and Outcome Guide for BMZA 101
- Posted by:
- Joyce Kaplan
- Course Number:
- BMZA 101
- Course Title:
- Zoo Bio & Mgmt I - Intro
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Course DescriptionExamines the fundamental concepts of animal management including health and safety, feeding and handling, enclosure management, behavior and population management, plus maintenance of records and permits. Prerequisites: WR 121 and MTH 65. Department permission required. Audit available.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon successful completion, students should be able to:
A. Apply, in a team environment, the fundamental concepts of animal management to promote quality animal management for captive populations.
B. Perform all tasks in alignment with industry-required health and safety principles.
C. Utilize critical thinking, decision making and problem solving skills to successfully maintain captive populations.
Course Activities and Design
The format for this course is traditional lecture presentations plus field trip based laboratory experiences. Lecture will be presented utilizing a variety of multimedia and interactive presentations. Laboratory experiences will be largely hands-on, team based, collaborative experiences involving instruction at sites such as the Rock Creek campus farm, Audubon wildlife care center, TV Alpacas, the Oregon National Primate Research Center, and the Oregon Zoo. Record-keeping instruction in a computer laboratory will be included.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
- Lecture final exam and lab practical exams
- Two team projects involving the development of industry-related protocols
- Reflective lab journals
- Lab attendance and participation
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- Application of safe and effective practices to all phases of captive animal management
- Working collaboratively with other animal management professionals
- Maintaining complete and accurate records
- Effective and safe techniques for management of captive animals
- The critical nature of teamwork
- Necessity for effective and accurate record keeping
- Maintenance of wild animals in captivity
- Diversity of animal species and requirements for husbandry.
- Understand and follow general health and safety precautions as well as those specific to working with animals
- Operate equipment in a safe manner
- React to emergency situations by using established emergency action plans
- Perform work in a sanitary manner in order to prevent the spread of bacteria and other pathogens
- Handle food in a sanitary fashion and prepare food using established dietary guidelines
- Learn and apply the concepts of environmental enrichment and behavioral management to successful animal management
- Work collaboratively with other animal management professionals
- Work with a team to develop protocols for appropriate facility management, animal exhibitry, and animal care
- Understand the principles of zoonotic diseases in order to prevent their spread
- Use correct techniques to weigh and measure animals
- Use proper techniques to safely and effectively capture, handle and restrain different species of animals
- Develop a knowledge of animal feeding methods.
- Develop an understanding of the laws pertaining to captive animal management and the types of animal permits
- Develop an understanding of terminology related to zoo collection planning and reproductive management.
- Effectively collect data and maintain animal records.