Module Information

Module Identifier
RD10810
Module Title
Introduction to Livestock Production Systems
Academic Year
2018/2019
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Mutually Exclusive
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery

 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Animal production technical report.  40%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   60%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  40%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  60%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Describe the important systems of production used in the beef, sheep, dairy, pig, broiler and egg production industries

2. Identify the main constraints on productivity for each of these systems

3. Compare the efficiency of different methods of production for each system

4. Discuss the application of scientific research to animal production

Brief description

This module provides an introduction to the major farm animal production systems (beef, sheep, dairy, pig, broiler and egg) and their design in the context of UK and world agriculture. Particular reference will be made to the economic, social and environmental constraints on production, and the importance of animal health and welfare. The scope for the application of scientific knowledge and research will be highlighted as a foundation for subsequent modules.

Content

1. For each of the main animal production systems (beef, sheep, dairy, pig, broiler and egg) an introduction to:

a. The different systems of production and their relative efficiencies, strengths and weaknesses
b. The current economic and legislative context of each system
c. Health and other constraints on production in each system

2. The application of research to animal production, including biotechnology

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number The assignment will have an element of number manipulation. This will be assessed in the assignment and feedback will be given.
Communication Students will develop effective written communication skills in the examination and assignment, where these will be assessed. Feedback will be given in the assignment.
Improving own Learning and Performance Outside the formal contact hours, students will be expected to research materials, manage time and meet deadlines for the assignment and exam. Students will be able to review and monitor their progress and plan for improvement of personal performance. Feedback will be given in the assignment.
Information Technology Accessing the web for reliable information sources and using databases to find literature in preparation for the assignment and the exam.
Personal Development and Career planning
Problem solving The assignment will have an element of problem solving. This will be assessed in the assignment and feedback will be given there.
Research skills The assignment and exam will require students to research topics beyond the depth and scope of the lecture material. Information from a variety of sources will be used. Research skills will be assessed in both the examination and assignment. Feedback will be given in the assignment.
Subject Specific Skills Subject specific concepts relating to animal production will be developed and assessed in the exam and assignment. Feedback will be given in the assignment.
Team work

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 4