|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||2 x 1 hour lectures per week in Semester 1; 1 x 2 hour lecture per week in Semester 2|
|Seminars / Tutorials||5 x 3 hour seminars over two semesters|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Seminar presentation Outcomes assessed:1, 2, 3, 4||40%|
|Semester Exam||3 Hours Written examination Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4||60%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Seminar presentation||40%|
|Supplementary Exam||3 Hours Written examination||60%|
On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Analyse the components of animal production systems
2. Review and evaluate scientific literature and apply results to the development of animal production systems
3. Explain how modern technology can be harnessed to improve farm animal reproduction, growth,
development and lactation.
4. Discuss applications of animal production technologies in a wider ethical and social context.
Lectures and seminars cover aspects of systems analysis in animal production and applications to the research based development of current farming practices. Specialist lectures and seminars will cover meat science, environmental physiology and animal biotechnology including in vitro fertilisation, embryo manipulation, immuno-modulation and hormonal manipulation of reproduction, lactation and growth, management of fertility, production of transgenic animals and use of gene technologies in animal breeding.
The module aims to develop skills in the review and evaluation of scientific literature, in oral presentation, and in the analysis of animal production systems and the application of research to their development through the manipulation of nutrition, genetics, reproduction, growth and lactation.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Communication||Evaluation of a seminar presentation|
|Information Technology||The use of Powerpoint in the preparation and delivery of seminar material will be developed and assessed|
|Research skills||Developed and assessed by assignment and examination|
Reading ListGeneral Text
Akers, R M (2002) Lactation and the mammary gland Blackwell Publishing Primo search Freer, M and Dove H (2002) Sheep nutrition CABI Primo search Gordon I (1995) Laboratory production of cattle embryos Primo search Murray,J D et al Transgenic animals in agriculture CABI Primo search Pas, M F W te, Everts, M E and Haagsman, H P (2004) Muscle development of livestock animals: physiology, genetics and meat quality CABI Primo search Selected papers from scientific journals
This module is at CQFW Level 6