{ANSC 316 Equine Selection & Judging}

College: Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department: Animal Science
Type: C
Status: Approved

Proposer: Clay Cavinder
Number: 8-2967
Email: cac@tamu.edu



We recommend that ANSC 316 Equine Selection and Judging be certified as a communications (C) course for four academic years (9/13 to 9/17). We have reviewed a representative syllabus and have determined that the course meets or exceeds the following criteria:

  1. Percentage of final grade based on writing quality: 50%
  2. Course content appropriate to the major
  3. Total number of words: 2000
  4. Total minutes of oral performance: 10
  5. Instructor to student ratio for one section: 1:20

ANSC 316 is a 2-credit class. A graduate assistant and four supervised undergraduates help with the class. In order to prepare for judging, students deliver five 2-minute oral assignments and write five short assignments (400 words each). Both of these provide the reasoning behind appraisals of a horse. Because the oral performance is by necessity impromptu, writing assignments are expected to serve for formative feedback in that they aid the student in preparing oral presentations in order to enhance diction and confidence about content. Peer review is used on at least two writing assignments, with the others receiving feedback from the instructor in draft form. Lecture and example (models) are used extensively throughout the semester for writing assignments. Instruction on how to prepare oral assignments is given through examples and videos of previous students performing oral assignments.

No significant changes have been made since original certification was granted.