HFX132 Livestock Biology
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Course responsible: Judit Banfine Vas
Teachers: Bjørg Heringstad, Rasmus Bovbjerg Jensen, Ruth Catriona Margaret Newberry
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
Teaching language: NO
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
Course frequency: Yearly
First time: Study year 2019-2020
The course consists of three parts, breeding/genetics, nutrition, and ethology. Each part is taught for 4-5 weeks and during the course students are working in groups on an interdisciplinary project. Students choose the topic of their project ad it should focus on a current issue related to animal biology.
Breeding/genetics (responsible Bjørg Heringstad)
- Understand the principles of animal breeding
- Know the basics of breeding theory and methods for selection animals for breeding
- Know practical breeding and conservation
Nutrition (responsible: Rasmus Bovbjerg Jensen)
- Understand the major differences in nutrient content of common feedstuffs
- Understand similarities and differences between the gastrointestinal tract of different animals
- Understand similarities and differences between digestion of feeds in different animals
- Understand why nutrients and the digestive tract influences the energy value of different feedstuffs
Ethology (responsible: Judit Vas)
- Understand the most important theory and definitions related to ethology
- Understanding the basics of evolution and behaviour, social, development of behaviour, learning and memory, motivation and animals choices, signals and communication and emotions
- Understand the interaction basic behaviour of animals in relation to production and welfare
- The student can identify and describe an interdisciplinary challenged within animal science and use the right thermology within breeding/genetics, nutrition and ethology
- The student can use knowledge and skills in dissemination and discussions within topics related to animal science at professional and nuanced level
- The student can make a project according to university standards
Lectures, summaries/discussions, exercises, demos, and group work with presentations
Course responsible can be contacted on email. Relevant literature for all topics will be available on Canvas
Breeding/genetics: Relevant literature for all topics will be available on Canvas
Nutrition: «Fôringslære» (2007), Torger Gjefsen and PowerPoints ("Animal Nutrition", McDonald et al, 2011 (7th edition) will be used later in the education and it can be used as supplementary literature)
Ethology: An introduction to animal behaviour, Aubrey Manning and Marian Stamp Dawkins
Students are working in groups of 4-5 on an interdisciplinary project. Students choose the topic of their project and it should focus on a current issue related to livestock biology. The project should be presented and evaluated by fellow students and teachers in the course.
Students in groups should work on a separate ethology group project. They will present in for the class.
Participation at group work, delivering of group reports and works, and presentations of these is obligatory.
3 hours written exam. Mark A-F.
The exam covers the three topics breeding/genetics, nutrition, and ethology.
All three topics need to be passed to pass the course.
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Allowed examination aids: A1 No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: One written exam: Letter grades