ANIMAL NUTRITION

AGR2AN

2019

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The essential dietary nutrients are chemically and functionally very diverse and in this subject we will provide an introduction and overview of the fundamental scientific principles through which animal nutrition is studied.  We will demonstrate these principles through examples using production animals, companion animals and captive wild animals. The links between nutrition and biochemical and physiological functions will also be drawn in order to illustrate the interrelating aspects of nutrition with other life sciences.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMarkandeya Jois

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites One of CHE1BAS or CHE1CHF or CHE1GEN. And any first year biology (BIO1) subject.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAnimal NutritionRecommendedMcDonald, P, Edwards, RA, Greenhalgh, JFD, and Morgan, CA7TH EDN, PRENTICE-HALL, 2011
ReadingsAnimal Nutrition ScienceRecommendedMcL Dryden, G 2008CAB INTERNATIONAL

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Formulate diets for a range of animals in captivity including animals of agricultural importance, pets and captive wild animals.

Activities:
Students go through on-line resources (readings, videos) and activities and complete quizzes before attending the workshop sessions. Concepts will be reinforced in workshops through case studies, group discussions and exercises.

02. Evaluate the diets of these animals and prepare advice to farmers and other clients on how to correct for any deficiencies or excess of nutrients supplied from the diets; explain the scientific basis of such advice.

Activities:
Students go through on-line resources (readings, videos) and activities and complete quizzes before attending the workshop sessions. Concepts will be reinforced in workshops through case studies, group discussions and exercises. Students will measure and analyse energy expenditure in a companion or production animal and discuss their findings in a report. Students will also work together in a team to prepare and present a poster on comparative digestive physiology and nutrient flow.

03. Access and evaluate evidence from a range of sources including original research articles to support nutritional recommendations.

Activities:
Students go through on-line resources (readings, videos) and activities and complete quizzes before attending the workshop sessions. Concepts will be reinforced in workshops through mini-case studies, group discussions and exercises. Students will determine and analyse energy expenditure in a companion or production animal and discuss their findings in a report. They will also work together in a team to prepare and present a poster on comparative digestive physiology and nutrient flow.

04. Analyse experimental data and communicate the results to a variety of audience including professional bodies and the public.

Activities:
Students go through on-line resources (readings, videos) and activities and complete quizzes before attending the workshop sessions. Concepts will be reinforced in workshops through mini-case studies, group discussions and exercises. Students will measure and analyse energy expenditure in a companion or production animal and discuss their findings in a report. They will also work together in a team to prepare and present a poster on comparative digestive physiology and nutrient flow.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMarkandeya Jois

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 3.5 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"On-line activities equivalent to 3.5 hours per week"

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Compulsory Workshop"

Lecture/Workshop Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Lectorial"

Computer Laboratory Week: 15 - 18
One 3.0 hours computer laboratory other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 15 to week 18 and delivered via face-to-face.
"50 students from each workshop spend time analysing data in the computer laboratory (each of the four weeks)"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Ten on-line concept check quizzes due before the lecture and workshopConcept checks are formative assessment. 01, 02, 03
Eight exercise sheets completed during the workshops (90-words, total 720)Worksheets are formative assessment17 01, 02, 03, 04
Written consultant report for a fictional client (900-words)Focused on feed analysis and evaluation18 01, 02, 03, 04
End of semester written examination - 2 hours (2,000-words equivalent)50 01, 02, 03
One team poster presentation (500-words equivalent, per student)On comparative digestive physiology and nutrient flow in animals15 01, 02, 03