Course code HFE414

HFE414 Experimental animal nutrition and physiology

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Course responsible: Rasmus Bovbjerg Jensen
Teachers: Hanne Kolsrud Hustoft, Alemayehu Kidane Sagaye, Margrete Eknæs, Angela Dagmar Schwarm, Dag-Kristoffer Forberg, Harald Volden, Knut Egil Bøe, Egil Prestløkken, Øystein Ahlstrøm
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
30 totally for HFE314 and HFE414
Teaching exam periods:
Course frequency: Every year
First time: 2020H
Preferential right:
PhD kandidates
Course contents:
In-depth course focusing on nutrition and physiology in various animal species (e.g. carnivores, ruminants, pigs, fish, horses, wildlife). The course will provide students with the theoretical background and hands-on experience for understanding the different experimental techniques used to study animal nutrition and physiology. The course will include a mix of lectures given by teachers, demonstrations with hands-on experience, theoretical exercises as well as student presentations. The start of the course will focus on laboratory animal science to give the students the required qualifications to take part in animal experiments.
Learning outcome:

Knowledge: After the course, the students will have an in-depth knowledge on animal nutrition and physiology in various species. Students will also gain knowledge about the possibilities and limitations with different experimental techniques used in animal nutrition and physiology research.

Skills: The students will have the skills to redefine existing knowledge and they will be able to evaluate possibilities, limitations and consequences when studying animal nutrition and physiology.

Competence: The students will have competence so that they can plan, conduct, evaluate and interpret results from animal nutrition and physiology experiments. Hence, they will be able to solve real-life problems related to nutrition and physiology of animals. The students will be able to implement knowledge into practice and innovation.

Learning activities:
The course will be divided into a number of topics concerning different techniques (blood sampling, digestibility, passage rate, indirect calorimetry, stable isotopes, microbiota, methane emission, feedstuff analysis, in-vitro) and using different model animals (carnivores, ruminants, pigs, fish, horses, wildlife). The topics will change from year to year depending ongoing research or relevant activities. Each topic includes lectures given by teachers, demonstrations with hands-on experience of techniques, theoretical exercises as well as student presentations.
Teaching support:
Relevant literature for all topics will be available on Canvas
HFX201 Physiology, HFE200 General Nutrition, or equivalent
Recommended prerequisites:
Master's degree in animal science, biology, veterinary science or equivalent
Mandatory activity:
Submission of group reports from each topic and 80% participation in hands-on demonstrations

Laboratory Animal Science: Multiple choice (pass-not pass, The requirement for passing is 50 %)

Final exam: Oral (A-F)

Nominal workload:
300 hours
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Lectures: 25, demonstrations: 25h, exercises: 25h, presentations 25h, reports: 100h, self-study: 100h
An external examiner is used for the oral examination.
Examination details: Oral exam: A - E / F