Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 1 x 1 hour lecture per week
Seminars / Tutorials 1 x 3 hour seminar


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Seminar Presentation  30%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   70%
Supplementary Exam Examination, to cover all outcomes 100%  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module, the student will be able to:

1. Understand the interaction of hormones with cells

Understand the definitions of growth curves for pre- and post-natal development

Understand the endocrine control of adiposity

Understand the endocrine control of growth.

Brief description

This module begins with a discussion of the patterns of growth and development of the liveweight, carcass tissues and major organs of animals. The effects of breed, sex, nutrition and exercise are considered. Subsequently, the role of growth hormone and the IGF family of proteins in growth and lactation in the horse will be discussed. Control of feed intake and the regulation of body adiposity will also be examined.


This module aims to provide the student with a basic understanding of the control of vital regulatory processes in the horse. It will also consider the control of growth and patterns of growth along with the factors affecting development.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication Students will be required to demonstrate their written and oral communication skills through writing a paper and giving it as a seminar presentation.
Information Technology Students are required to produce a paper and use Powerpoint to present their findings in a seminar.

Reading List

General Text
Berg, J M, Tymoczko, J L and Lubert Stryer (2002) Biochemistry 5th W H Freeman Primo search Ganong, W F (c1999) Review of Medical Physiology 19th Appleton & Lange Primo search Hames, B D, Hooper N M & Houghton, J D (1997) Instant notes in Biochemistry BIOS Scientific Publishers, Oxford Primo search Squires, E J Applied animal endocrinology CABI Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 7