Module Identifier RS30510  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Professor Charles J Newbold  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Michael T Rose  
Course delivery Lecture   12 Hours 12 x 1 hour lectures  
  Seminars / Tutorials   16 Hours Staff tutorials 5 x 2 hours; Student seminars 3 x 2 hours  
  Other   6 Hours 3 x 2 hour visits to external laboratories  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Written examination Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3  70%
Semester Assessment Seminar presentation Outcome assessed: 3  30%
Supplementary Exam2 Hours Written examination Single examination, to assess all outcomes  100%

Learning outcomes

1. On completion of this module understand the principles of genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and bioinformatics

2. Evaluate how such technologies might be used in animal science

3   Discuss and evaluate the role and public acceptability of such technologies in the continued development of   
   animal agriculture.


To introduce final year animal science students to recent innovations in biological science and to integrate these into discussions of current research projects, both within and outwith IRS, relevant to animal science.

Brief description

This module aims to explore how recent technical innovations in biological research in regards to the various 'omic' technologies (eg, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics etc) might be applied to research in the animal sciences and what the consequences of such research for animal agriculture might be.


The course will consist of three main strands:

A] Technical advances in biological research will be introduced through the discussion of key current publications. The basis and background of the techniques will be presented as will interpretation of the data generated. Initially this will focus on the recent advances in genomics, proteomics and metabolomics, however the flexibility to integrate new technologies as they become available will be retained. This will be backed up by a series of visits to genomic, proteomic, metabolomic and bioinformatic resources at IRS, IBS and IGER.

B] Research staff at IRS and IGER will present a series of tutorials indicating how these technologies are being integrated into their own research area. It is intended that ongoing projects in digestive microbiology, reproduction, cellular metabolism, animal breading, diet evaluation and development of novel forages will be discussed.

C] The consequences of 'omic' driven research and the public acceptability of the products of such research will be addressed in a series of student driven seminars.

Primary literature in :

Trends in Biotechnology
Proceedings of the Nutrition Society
Proceedings of the National Academy of Science
Journal of Animal Science
Journal of Dairy Science
British Journal of Nutrition
Reports produced by Friends of the Earth, the Food Standards Agency, the USDA, the EU commission etc


This module is at CQFW Level 6