Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Ruminant Nutrition
Academic Year
Distance Learning
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Other Distance learning equivalent of 20 x 1h lectures
Other 2 day residential workshop.


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Online Quiz 1.  10%
Semester Assessment 1,000 word trade review.  10%
Semester Assessment 1,500 word scientific review.  15%
Semester Assessment Group wiki.  25%
Semester Assessment 4 x 500 word Critical Abstracts.  Regarding the influence of management and environment on the rumen.  25%
Semester Assessment Online Quiz 2.  Short answer questions.  15%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Evaluate the scientific methods used in animal nutrition research

2. Discuss the ecology of the rumen and the methods used to modify it

3. Evaluate the methods used to modify the characteristics of meat and milk

4. Discuss the digestion and metabolism of nutrients in ruminants

Brief description

This module will discuss recent developments in the nutrition of livestock animals. This module will draw upon the ongoing research in ruminant nutrition in IBERS and elsewhere.


A two day workshop providing a total of 15 hrs of lectures and seminars followed by a self-access distance learning pathway equivalent to a further 30 hrs of formal input
The aim of this module is :

To outline the fundamental physiological and microbiological principles that underpin animal nutrition in the context of recent research. The module will focus on ruminants, although descriptions of the relevant processes in monogastric animals will also be given where appropriate.

It will achieve this by considering the following areas:

  • Design of animal nutrition experiments
  • Animal ration formulation and evaluation
  • Nutrient digestion and metabolism
  • Modulating alimentary microbial populations and their ecology, and plant-
  • microbe interactions.
  • Metabolism of carbohydrates, protein and lipids in order to modify the
  • characteristics of meat and milk.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number One of the assessed essays will be based around a rationing assignment which will require the student to calculate nutrient requirements for named ruminant livestock.
Communication Students will be expected to be able to express themselves appropriately in their assignments.
Improving own Learning and Performance Detailed feedback will be given for assignment work.
Information Technology Students will be required to source information from a variety of scientific publication data bases.
Personal Development and Career planning The module is aimed at upskilling and professionalising students already working in the agri-food sector.
Problem solving Online quizzes will be used to help develop and improve students problem solving skills.
Research skills Students will be required to undergo directed self study and so will develop their literature research skills.
Subject Specific Skills Research methodology of animal nutrition.
Team work Yes through group work.


This module is at CQFW Level 7