Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Principles of Nutrition
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 1 x 1 hour lectures per week (11 hours)
Practical 1 x 3 hour practical (3 hours)
Other 1 x 4 hour visits (4 hours)


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay.  30%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   70%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   100%

Learning Outcomes

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

Discuss the principles of energy metabolism in farm and companion animals

Discuss the principles of amino acid and protein metabolism in farm and companion animals

Evaluate the key biochemical roles and the consequences of excess or deficiency of vitamins and/or minerals in the diet

Discuss key laboratory and animal tests used in ration evaluation

Discuss the principles underlying formulation in farm and companion animals.

Brief description

This course will consider in detail the principles of animal nutrition. The evaluation of feeds in a laboratory and field context will be discussed as will principles of energy and protein metabolism and nutrition. The consequences and possible causes of mineral and vitamin deficiencies and excesses will be considered. This knowledge will then be applied to develop an understanding of ration formulation.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Students will be required to present information precisely and concisely in a clear and informative manner. The assignment will require all source material to be fully referenced.
Improving own Learning and Performance
Information Technology To complete the assignment students will have to obtain information from a variety of sources including books and web sites. This will involve the use of IT to compile the essay as well as retrieve relevant information
Personal Development and Career planning
Problem solving
Research skills Students will be required to include critical analysis and evaluation of current research in their essay, as such their research skills will be developed.
Subject Specific Skills Diet formulation and evaluation
Team work


This module is at CQFW Level 7