AP1A18-Digestion and Nutrition

Module Provider: Agriculture
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Sokratis Stergiadis

Email: s.stergiadis@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

To provide the students with:
1. Knowledge and understanding of the chemical composition of foods, nutrients and their analysis.
2. A factual knowledge of the anatomy of the alimentary tract of humans and animals and the associated digestive physiology.

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of the module the student should be able to:
1. List the nutrient components in foods, outline their chemical composition and describe methods for their analysis.
2. Describe the anatomy of the alimentary tract of man, horse, chicken and ruminant animals.
3. Describe the digestive processes occurring in the gut and give details of the digestive physiology associated with secretion and absorption.

Additional outcomes:
Students will be able to relate the essential nutrients and their digestion and absorption to the overall function of the whole animal. They will have developed some knowledge of the relevant analytical techniques.

Outline content:
The lecture content covers:

  • the chemical composition of foods, carbohydrates, proteins, fats, minerals and vitamins and their analysis
  • the differing nutrients contained in a variety of foods and their importance is providing essential factors for animals
  • the anatomy of the alimentary tract of humans, avians, ruminant and companinon animals
  • the digestive processes occurring in the alimentary tracts of animals
  • detailed digestive physiology of the associated secretory glands, digestive enzymes and the absorptive process
  • gut microflora and their role in digestion and health
  • some comparative digestive physiology, especially in relation to animals of agricultural importance

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There will be two 50 minute lectures, separated by a short break, each week.
These will be followed by one hour of other activities which will include computer exercises and a practical exercise.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Practicals classes and workshops 10
Guided independent study 70
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Report 20
Class test administered by School 10

Other information on summative assessment:
Practical report: 20%

Weekly quizzes: 10%
A weekly quiz will be given on material covered in lectures.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    A one-and-a-half hour examination requiring the answer of 50 multiple-choice questions.

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination in August / September.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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