Module Identifier RS35210  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Mrs Meriel Moore-Colyer  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite RS10510 , RS20910 or, RD25410  
Course delivery Lecture   22 Hours  
  Practical   3 Hours  
Assessment Practical report   x 1   30%  
  Exam   2 Hours   70%  

Syllabus / Curriculum design

The lectures cover selected key topics including nutrient metabolism, microbial population and ecology and estimation of the kinetic parameters of feed digestion. Other topics covered include anti-nutritive properties of feeds, the nutritional basis of the major metabolic diseases and feed intake regulation, measurement and prediction.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the module students will be able to:

i)   understand the scientific principles that underpin the nutrition of animals, especially ruminant animals;

ii)   appreciate the methods used to study nutrition;

iii)   follow future developments in this field.

Brief description

The module aims to outline the fundamental biochemical and microbiological principles that underpin animal nutrition. Although it focuses on ruminants, descriptions of the relevant processes in monogastrics will also be given where appropriate.

Reading Lists

van Soest P J. (1994) Nutritional ecology of the ruminant. Cornell University Press
Forbes J M and France J. (1993) Quantitative aspects of ruminant digestion and metabolism. CABI
McDonald P, Edwards R A and Greenhalgh J F D. (1988) Animal nutrition. 4th. Longman Scientific and Technical
Recent advances in animal nutrition. Proceedings of conferences held at Nottingham University since 1967. Butterworth
Church D C. (1994) Digestive physiology and nutrition of ruminants. 3rd. O and B Books, Corvallis, Oregon USA