Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Advanced Equine Nutrition and Digestive Disorders
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Practical 3 x 3 Hour Practicals
Lecture 16 x 1 Hour Lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Laboratory/rationing assignment.  40%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   60%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  40%
Supplementary Exam 2 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 structure and function of the equine gut

2. Apply recent advances in microbial ecology to understanding equine digestion

3. Describe the factors effecting diet degradation and digestion in the gut

4. Discuss the influence of microbial fermentation in disease states

Brief description

This module covers:

Digestive anatomy, the role of microbial populations in the equine Consequences for nutrient requirements and rationing in managing the horses gut and preventing digestive upsets


In the taught part of the course we will focus on the digestion in the horse and the most recent advances in understanding digestive function
In the second, student-directed half of the module students will evaluate a range of dietary ingredients in a laboratory environment and use the information obtained to formulate rations for horse susceptible to digestive disorders

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number The rationing assignment will require students to manipulate numbers, and this will be assessed in the assignment. Feedback on this will be given in the assignment.
Communication Students will develop effective written communication skills in the examination and assignment, where these will be assessed. Feedback on this 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. Feedback on this will be given in the assignment.
Information Technology
Personal Development and Career planning Students will gain confidence in their ability to evaluate feeds and rations though the module. The structure of the animal feed industry and its supporting research infrastructure will be implicit in the module, revealing some potential career destinations to students
Problem solving Students will be required to evaluate dietary ingredients based on laboratory analysis and use this information to formulate practical rations
Research skills Students will be required to source and summarize a substantial amount of information without staff direction in order to complete the rationing assessment.
Subject Specific Skills
Team work


This module is at CQFW Level 6