Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 2 x 1 hour lectures per week
Practical 4 x 3 hour practicals during semester


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Animal welfare essay  Outcomes assessed: 4  40%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3  60%
Supplementary Assessment Candidates will be required to re-take the element that led to failure of the module  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

Outcome 1
Explain the relevant components of the structure and function of the animal body as far as they apply to domestic farm animals.

Outcome 2
Describe the processes of reproduction in domestic livestock and select appropriate techniques for the manipulation of reproductive performance.

Outcome 3
Explain the inter-relationship between environment, health and management in the expression and control of disease in farm animals.

Outcome 4
Outline the current areas of concern involving animal welfare issues.

Brief description

This module aims to provide the underpinning scientific knowledge which is appropriate to an understanding of effective livestock production. It provides an introduction to the fundamental principles of animal science in as far as they relate to the relevant areas of anatomy, physiology, reproduction, structure and function of the udder, the hormonal control of lactation, animal health and issues concerned with animal welfare.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication Developed by the assignment, requiring writing for both an academic and lay audience.
Information Technology Developed by the assignment, which requires the use of word processing and image manipulation software.
Research skills Developed by the assignment, which requires the research of welfare issues in novel situations.

Reading List

General Text
Frandson, R. D. (2003.) Anatomy and physiology of farm animals /R.D. Frandson, W. Lee Wilke, Anna Dee Fails. 6th ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Primo search Gordon I (1997) Controlled reproduction in farm animals CABI Primo search Jurd, R. D. (1997 (2002 prin) Instant notes in animal biology /Richard D. Jurd. Bios Primo search Jurd, Richard D. (March 2004) Instant Notes in Animal Biology 2nd ed. Taylor & Francis Group Primo search Pond K and Pond W (1999) An introduction to animal science Wiley Primo search

(2002.) Animal nutrition /by P. McDonald ... [et al.]. 6th ed. Pearson Education Limited Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4