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BIOL7030 - Animal Nutrition

Title:Animal Nutrition
Long Title:Animal Nutrition
Module Code:BIOL7030
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2018/19 ( September 2018 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Brigid Lucey
Module Author: Aoife McCarthy
Module Description: This module will provide students with an understanding of the fundamental role of nutrition in livestock production and animal health, with a focus on principles of nutrient requirements and metabolism, causes and consequences of deficiencies and major classes of animal feedstuffs.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe the nutrient requirements of ruminant and monogastric animals.
LO2 Compare the differences in nutrient metabolism between ruminant and monogastric animals.
LO3 Evaluate the composition of common animal feedstuffs.
LO4 Discuss causes and consequences of nutrient deficiencies in farm animals.
LO5 Perform analytical procedures, collate data, interpret results and write scientific reports.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Nutrient requirements
Macronutrient and micronutrient requirements of animals of different life stages, activity level, breeds and production stages.
Nutrient metabolism
Energy metabolism, protein synthesis, carbohydrate synthesis, fat synthesis.
Composition of animal feeds
Nutritional composition and use of grass and forage crops, silage, hay, straws, roots, tubers, cereal grains and by-products, concentrates, supplements, maintenance, production, reproduction and lactation rations. Legislation surrounding use of anti-helmintics, growth regulators, antibiotics in animal production. Pearson’s square for balancing rations.
Nutrient deficiencies
Causes and consequences of carbohydrate, water, fat, protein, mineral, vitamin deficiencies.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Analysis and summary of key research papers on topic relevant to module content. 1,2,3,4 25.0 Week 8
Written Report On practical experiments. 5 25.0 Every Second Week
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Formal Examination 1,2,3,4 50.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Theory 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) On practical experiments 2.0 Every Second Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Self-directed study 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 8.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Robert Wilkinson et al. 2011, Animal Nutrition, 7th Ed., United Kingdom [ISBN: 9781408204238]
  • Peter R. Cheeke 2005, Applied Animal Nutrition: Feeds and Feeding, 3rd Ed., Pearson [ISBN: 9780131133310]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_SAGBI_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Agri-Biosciences 5 Mandatory
CR_SAGBI_7 Bachelor of Science in Agri-Biosciences 5 Mandatory

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