AP2A67-Animal Nutrition

Module Provider: School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Partha Ray

Email: p.p.ray@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

This module aims to provide the student with an understanding of the requirements of farm and companion animals for energy, protein, minerals and vitamins, and how the ability of a feedstuff to provide these nutrients can be assessed. An overview of the important relationship between animal and human nutrition will be provided as well as the impact of animal nutrition on the environment. Exercises on diet formulation will be used to integrate animal requirements and feed composition in practical, applied feeding scenarios. In addition there will be one practical exercise in digestive anatomy/physiology involving excision of a digestive tract.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:
•Explain the physiochemical basis of requirements for energy and protein and factors controlling feed intake
•Describe methods for the evaluation of feedstuffs to provide energy and protein
•Explain the function of minerals and trace elements and key interactions with vitamins in animals
•Discuss the impact of animal nutrition on the environment and/or on human food composition
•Perform nutritional calculations and produce simple and software optimised diet formulations
•Describe and discuss the anatomical and physiological functions of a digestive tract and relate these to dietary adaptations

Additional outcomes:
Students will gain experience in dissection of a digestive tract and the presentation of practical dissection findings by written and oral means. Students will also gain an insight into the systems used to define energy and protein requirements for animals.

Outline content:
The lecture content covers:
•Definition and measurement of gross and digestible energy content of feeds and factors affecting digestibility
•Definition and measurement of metabolisable and net energy
•Energy requirements for maintenance, work, growth, lactation and gestation
•Protein quality for non-ruminants in terms of essential amino acids and biological value
•Nitrogen metabolism and microbial protein synthesis in ruminants
•Protein requirements for animals
•Feed science and feed characterisation in the laboratory
•The role of computer software for optimising diet formulation
•Relationship between animal and human nutrition.
•Animal nutrition and the environment
• Function of key minerals and trace elements and key interactions with vitamins in animals
•The evolution of digestive diversity and comparative nutrition in the animal kingdom

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There will be two 50-minute lectures per week, followed by up to two hours of tutorial time devoted to exercises for solving nutritional problems which lead to coursework. On one week there will be a practical exercise involving excising a digestive tract. A written report and a short presentation identifying the various anatomical regions along with their function will contribute to assessed coursework.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Tutorials 8
Practicals classes and workshops 2
Guided independent study 170
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Written assignment including essay 15
Oral assessment and presentation 5
Set exercise 30

Other information on summative assessment:
Set exercises 1 (5%), 2 (5%), 3 and 4 (10% each) to be submitted within two weeks.

Report (15%) and presentation (5%) relating to digestive anatomy and function.

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 answers to all short answer questions in section A, the answer to one of two long answer questions in section B and the answer to one of two long answer questions in section C.

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

    Reassessment arrangements:
    By re-examination.

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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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