Applied Alternative Therapies

Module summary

Module code: AGRI1279
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Science
Module Coordinator(s): Debra Richmond



This course introduces various applied alternative therapies to the learner, exploring the functions and applications of each and investigating efficacy and research relating to each therapy. Alternative therapies are more commonly being integrated in many horse owners management regime therefore it is in the interest of our learners to have a clear understanding of their application in the equine industry to enhance their employability on leaving education. Learners will investigate legislation relating to complementary and alternative therapy. Elements of the Greenwich Graduate attributes programme will be incorporated into the course and in particular will be those from scholarship and autonomy.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

Learning Outcome

1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the legal implications of the use of alternative therapies and critically analyse why there are prohibited substances in some performance disciplines.

2. Critically appraise the diverse scope of alternative therapies that are available to promote equine health.

3. Plan and critically evaluate how these therapies can be included in various situations from fittening and training to recovery from illness, disease or for rehabilitation.

4. Critically evaluate what provisions medicinal horticulture can initiate within this popular, profitable industry.

Indicative content

The legislation involved with the use of alternative therapies will be identified. Alternative therapies may include the following: acupuncture, herbalism, aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, Chinese medicine, homeopathy, shiatsu, Reiki, etc. Specific training and qualifications involved to be able to become a therapist. The use and benefits of the individual therapies as tools for training horses for competition as well as rehabilitating sick or injured horses. Time will be spent investigating research to assess and critically evaluate efficacy of these disciplines.

Teaching and learning activity

This course will be delivered by a combination of formal lectures, class discussions and student led research. Practical studies and visits to suitable organisations and institutions will support lectures and seminars, which will be the principle media for instruction. It is anticipated that a range of specialists from industry will also contribute to the course structure. Moodle will be used as an active resource of student learning and to complement lecture content as an inter-active tool. Learning will be exciting and diverse to engage student’s interest.


Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment Poster
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment:3
Weighting % 20%
Pass Mark 40%
Word Length 1000 words
Outline Details:Poster project.
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning In class ongoing formative assessment.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment Coursework
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment:2
Weighting % 30%
Pass Mark 40%
Word Length 2000 words
Outline Details:Written assessment on evaluation & comparison of two therapies.
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning In class ongoing formative assessment.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment Final written assessment
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment:1,4.
Weighting % 50%
Pass Mark 40%
Word Length n/a
Outline Details:2 hour exam.
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning In class ongoing formative assessment.