117342

Animal Nutrition

The principles of animal nutrition as related to ruminant and monogastric livestock. An in-depth coverage of the processes of feed intake, digestion, absorption and metabolism, and the factors affecting them. The determination of the nutritive value of feedstuffs, with particular emphasis on forages. Schemes for estimating animal requirements for energy, protein and minerals. The principles of ration formulation and the use of computer programmes. Practical feeding regimes, design, implementation and interpretation of nutrition trials.

Course code

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117342

Level

The fourth number of the course code shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).

300-level

Credits

Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.

15

Subject

Animal Science

Course planning information

Prerequisite courses

Complete first

You need to complete the above course or courses before moving onto this one.

General progression requirements

You must complete at least 45 credits from 200-level before enrolling in 300-level courses.

Learning outcomes

What you will learn. Knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ll be able to show as a result of successfully finishing this course.

  • 1 Explain how typical diets for monogastric and ruminant animals differ in their chemical composition. Outline the laboratory methods of feed analysis.
  • 2 Compare and contrast the ways in which monogastric and ruminant animals digest, absorb and metabolise nutrients. Provide examples of how the digestive process may be manipulated to improve the efficiency of nutrient utilisation.
  • 3 Define Forage Feeding Value. Discuss how this may be affected by feed composition, anti-nutritional factors and the processes of digestion and metabolism.
  • 4 Describe systems of measuring nutritive value in monogastric and ruminant animals. Evaluate the usefulness of alternative measures for the prediction of nutritive value.
  • 5 Describe and evaluate methods for estimating feed requirements and show how results can be incorporated into predictive models. Provide quantitative estimates of feed requirements for a variety of productive states.
  • 6 Evaluate diets for adequacy in meeting requirements. Understand the principles of formulating diets by performing simple exercises, and be aware that computer programmes are available for more complex operations.
  • 7 Discuss, using appropriate examples, the likely responses to the provision of extra nutrients and identify nutritional factors limiting animal production.

Learning outcomes can change before the start of the semester you are studying the course in.

Assessments

Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Test 1 2 4 5 25%
Written Assignment 3 5 20%
Written Assignment 6 7 25%
Exam (centrally scheduled) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 30%

Assessment weightings can change up to the start of the semester the course is delivered in.

You may need to take more assessments depending on where, how, and when you choose to take this course.

Explanation of assessment types

Computer programmes
Computer animation and screening, design, programming, models and other computer work.
Creative compositions
Animations, films, models, textiles, websites, and other compositions.
Exam College or GRS-based (not centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by a college or the Graduate Research School (GRS). The exam could be online, oral, field, practical skills, written exams or another format.
Exam (centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by Assessment Services (centrally) – you’ll usually be told when and where the exam is through the student portal.
Oral or performance or presentation
Debates, demonstrations, exhibitions, interviews, oral proposals, role play, speech and other performances or presentations.
Participation
You may be assessed on your participation in activities such as online fora, laboratories, debates, tutorials, exercises, seminars, and so on.
Portfolio
Creative, learning, online, narrative, photographic, written, and other portfolios.
Practical or placement
Field trips, field work, placements, seminars, workshops, voluntary work, and other activities.
Simulation
Technology-based or experience-based simulations.
Test
Laboratory, online, multi-choice, short answer, spoken, and other tests – arranged by the school.
Written assignment
Essays, group or individual projects, proposals, reports, reviews, writing exercises, and other written assignments.

Textbooks needed

Textbooks can change. We recommend you wait until at least seven weeks before the semester starts to buy your textbooks.

Recommended

ANIMAL NUTRITION

Author
MCDONALD, P., EDWARDS, R.A., GREENHALGH, J.F.D., MORGAN, C.A., SINCLAIR, L.A. AND WILKINSON, R.G. 2
ISBN
9781408204238
Edition
7TH EDITION
Publisher
PRENTICE HALL, HARLOW, U.K.

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