AP1A24-Introduction to Livestock Production

Module Provider: School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn 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:

This module aims to provide an introduction to key biological principles in livestock science along with an international perspective on livestock production including the contribution livestock production makes to human health and livelihoods, and the major principles and problems associated with intensive and extensive production. Together, this provides a foundation of knowledge that will support further livestock modules taught later in the Agriculture, Agricultural Business Management and Animal Science degree programmes.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:
• Describe and discuss the contribution made by livestock and livestock products to human livelihoods
• Describe and discuss a range of biological factors which affect animal performance
• Describe and discuss the relative merits and demerits of extensive and intensive livestock production systems.

Additional outcomes:
As a result of the seminars and team work component, students will:
• Develop academic writing skills
• Search for and find information using electronic search and other methods
• Work as a team to prepare a presentation on a specified subject
• Present information verbally using supporting PowerPoint slides.

Outline content:
The module provides a wide-ranging background in domestic livestock science, for example the growth and development of animals and their responses to the environment, alongside an overview of some key livestock production systems and the products of these systems. Due consideration is given to both the benefits of animal agriculture as well as its debits such as environmental degradation, pollution and animal suffering. The content will be of interest to students of Agriculture, Agricultural Business Management, Animal Science and other biological or land based disciplines.

The Lecture Contents cover:
• The contribution of livestock to human livelihoods
• Species of domestic animals and their diversity
• Animal products
• Farm animal genetic resources
• Growth and development of farm animals
• Adaptations of animals to their diets
• Effects of the environment on animals
• Efficiency in livestock production systems
• Intensive systems of production; their benefits and problems
• Extensive systems of production; their benefits and problems
• The future of livestock production: global and local perspectives

The Seminar Sessions cover:

• Introduction to essay planning and writing
• Introduction to giving presentations
• Facilitation of project work, in small student teams, gathering information (from library and internet sources) on set topics related to livestock and livestock production systems
• Team presentation of the results of the team project to the whole class

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There will be two 50-minute lectures each week followed by short seminars supporting the written assessments and facilitating the team project work.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 16
Seminars 9
Guided independent study 75
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 40
Written assignment including essay 30
Oral assessment and presentation 30

Other information on summative assessment:
Summative assessments will comprise an individual essay (30 marks) and a team presentation (30 marks).

Formative assessment methods:
Multiple choice questions will be provided on Blackboard.

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 hour examination requiring all the answers from section A and 1 from 2 in section B.

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

    Reassessment arrangements:
    By Re-examination in August/September.

    Last updated: 11 April 2016

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