Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Livestock Nutrition 4 (Gastrointestinal microbiology)
Academic Year
Distance Learning

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion

Learning Outcomes

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

Demonstrate an understanding of gastrointestinal microbiology of livestock and the key functions of the gut microbiota

Identify methods to manipulate GI function to affect product quality and evaluate methods to reduce GHG emissions from ruminant livestock

Brief description

This module provides students with a detailed understanding of the role of gastrointestinal microbiology in ration formulation


Through a series of online lectures, guided reading and quizzes, students will explore:
- The gastrointestinal microbiology of livestock
- The key functions of the gut microbiota in relation to livestock nutrition
- Methods both to manipulate gastrointestinal (GI) function to affect product quality, and to reduce green house gas (GHG) emissions

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Creative Problem Solving The assessment will pose questions that present theoretical problems for the students to solve.
Critical and analytical thinking Students will be expected to synthesise complex information
Digital capability Students will be required to examine and synthesize quantitative data from a range of publications and databases to develop answers for their assessment


This module is at CQFW Level 7