Course code HFA300

HFA300 Animal Breeding Plans

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Course responsible: Tormod Ådnøy
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Department of Animal and Aquacultural Sciences
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2004-2005
Preferential right:
Animal Science/Aquaculture; M-HV; M-AK.
Course contents:
- Biological basis and aids for breeding work. - Definition of breeding goal and discussion of registration of needed information. - Economic value of traits in the breeding goal and calculation of economic profits of the breeding work. - Optimization of breeding plans. - Optimization of specific breeding plans for pigs, cattle, goats, poultry and fish.
Learning outcome:
Students will learn about the importance of biological, technical and economic conditions within the different animal species, including aquatic species, and evaluate this in alternative breeding plans.
Learning activities:
In earlier courses, breeding plans and theory are presented. In this course students perform a case study on an existing breeding plan and may propose changes that may have implications for practical breeding work. Through individual studies, group exercises, individual semester assignments, the use of data programmes and lectures, students should be able to evaluate: Implications of biological factors and technological elements for breeding. - The definition of breeding goals, and what traits to register. - How to find economical values in breeding goals, and calculation of economical gain from breeding. - Optimization of breeding plans. Group work with topics from breeding plans for fish, pigs, poultry, cattle, sheep and/or goats will be carried out and presented.
Teaching support:
Teacher assistance in data lab sessions. Contact with breeding organization people.
Textbook for HFA200 or other fundamental course in breeding/quantitative genetics. Distributed notes. Material on the course web site.
Breeding course. (HFA200 or AQB200.)
Recommended prerequisites:
Practical breeding course. (HFA250, AQB270, or other courses containing animal breeding plans.)
Mandatory activity:
Participation in group work and presentations. Submission of group assignment.
Grading on the basis of individual semester assignment.
Nominal workload:
300 hours, including structured time.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Lectures: ca. 20 hours. Exercises: ca. 20 hours. Group work: ca. 20 hours. Presentations of group work and individual assignments: 10 hours.
If there are less than 5 students, the lecturing routine will be altered.
External examiner.
Examination details: Term paper: A - E / Ikke bestått