HFA303 Biological Aspects of Animal Breeding
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Showing course contents for the educational year 2019 - 2020 .
Course responsible: Geir Steinheim
Teachers: Odd Vangen, Peer Berg, Laila Aass, Roel Franciscus Veerkamp
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
Teaching language: EN, NO
Limits of class size:
The course is only given if 5 or more students register.
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel
Course frequency: <p>Annually</p><p>Given as NOVA course in August 2019. https://www.nmbu.no/en/students/nova/students/msc-courses/msc-2019/node/36265</p>
First time: 2003H
Genetic coding and strategies for growth and development. Genetic size scaling. Natural selection and fitness. Resource allocation. Side effects of selection. Physiological consequences of selection. Selection and side effects on product quality. Selection for feeding efficiency. Selection and animal behaviour. Selection and fertility. Maternal effects. Comparing animal races and species from different perspectives.
Students will be able to describe domestic animals as a biological system with development strategies developed through evolution and adaptation to the environment. Students will learn examples where domestic animal breeding has resulted in the partial disruption of this biological system. Students will be able to analyse these examples and reflect on how different domestic animal breeds and species can be compared. The following concepts will be explained fitness, resource allocation, maternal effects, development strategies etc. The most important traits in domestic breeding will be explained, in addition to experiments examining the consequences of selection. The student should also be able to consider different ways of comparing domestic animals, and exhibit a balanced view of ethical and biological aspects of breeding through discussions.
Lectures with discussions. Independent studies.
Personal teacher support will be provided if desired.
Lecture notes and scientific articles. Revised yearly.
HFA200 or the equivalent.
Presentation of report
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
13 lectures with some exercises lasting 2 hours. Semester presentations.
An examiner assesses the oral examination. Individual examination result.
Examination details: Oral exam: A - E / F