|Module Title||ADVANCED RUMINANT NUTRITION|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Neil R McEwan|
|Other staff||Dr Michael T Rose|
|Course delivery||Lecture||1 x 2 hour lecture per week|
|Practical||1 x 3 hour practical per semester|
1. Understand the scientific principles that underpin the nutrition of animals, especially ruminant animals;
2. Appreciate the methods used to study nutrition;
3. Follow future developments in this field.
.2 IT and information handling
Students will need to use spreadsheets to store data obtained from laboratory practicals and will be required to word process assignments. Graphics programmes will also be employed in the presentation of the laboratory results.
.3 Use and analysis of numerical information
The application of numeracy will be developed and assessed through laboratory practicals which will require the calculation and validation of the chemical composition of certain feedstuffs.
.4 Writing in an academic context
Skills related to academic writing will be developed and assessed through write-ups on the laboratory practicals. Brevity, coherence, and relevance of discussion, citation and use of references, ( and to a lesser extent grammar, punctuation, spelling and syntax) will form part of the assessment criteria for such essays.
.5 Oral discussion and presentation
This skill will be developed by encouraging students to discuss lecture topics amongst themselves and constructively criticize the lecturer and each other. The lecturer will also attempt to ensure active student participation in lectures by asking several questions.
.6 Careers need awareness
This skill will be developed by regular references to how the information presented during lectures assists in decision making in animal nutrition - related careers.
The use of initiative and self management will be developed by the provision of reading lists and assessed by the students preparedness for lectures, answers to oral and examination questions and assignments.
.8 Group activity
Students will undertake laboratory practicals in groups and this will contribute to developing their team work skills.
This module is at CQFW Level 6