ANIMAL NUTRITION - 2018/9

Module code: BMS2054

Module Overview

In this module you will study the essential micro and macronutrients for animals and understand how feedstuff is evaluated.  You will also study the different forms of forage that are available and how they influence feed consumption. Furthermore, you will study the species specific anatomical and physiological differences relevant to animal nutrition. Using lab based ration programmes, you will be able to apply your knowledge to formulate diets across the species. The module will also introduce the basic principles of veterinary toxicology and veterinary pharmacology and how these influence companion animal and commercial livestock production. A 2 hr gut dissection will be provided for students.

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

HOLLANDS TH Dr (Vet Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: D327

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Topic

•             Introduction & Macronutrients

•             Vitamins

•             Minerals

•             Digestive anatomy & physiology: ruminants & nonruminants

•             Feedstuff evaluation: digestibility, energy, protein

•             Forage: forms, intake & feed consumption

•             Feeding patterns: daily rhythms and behaviour

•             Feed additives: growth & immune boosting, antimicrobial

•             Feeding standards: maintenance & growth, reproduction/lactation

•             The use of computer programmes in animal nutrition

•             Nutrition & feeding cattle & sheep

•             Nutrition, feeding & health of poultry

•             Equine nutrition

•             Nutrition for companion animals (dogs, cats)

•             Assessment: Individual presentation

•             Antimicrobials – veterinary considerations – to include resistance, withdrawal times

•             Antiparasitics – ectoparasites and helminths - to include resistance, withdrawal times

•             Growth promoters – to include rationale, problems, types of drug used

•             Doping – horses and other species

•             Basic principles of toxicology – acute vs chronic, eating habits, role of metabolism, principles of therapy

•             Agrochemical poisoning – herbicides, insecticides

•             Food toxicology; a veterinary perspective

•             In-class test MCQ

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 1500 WORD ARTICLE (scientific or lay) and an Oral defence of the 'paper' 70
School-timetabled exam/test MCQ 30

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:- 

A detailed knowledge of the nutrition of companion and livestock species using a variety of assessment methods. 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Written work – Deadline teaching week 7

Presentation - Deadline teaching week  9 &10 

In-class test MCQ - Deadline teaching week 11

Formative assessment and feedback

Students will have the opportunity to submit both a lay and scientific article for formative peer assessment during timetabled sessions. Using the feedback, they then submit EITHER the lay OR the scientific article for summative assessment 

A pre presentation and writing training  session will be available 

Module aims

  • Provide an overview of the principles of animal nutrition, toxicology and pharmacology

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Describe the species specific anatomical and physiological differences relevant to animal nutrition KT
002 Identify the essential micro and macronutrients for animals KCT
003 Explain how feedstuff is evaluated and discuss standards applied for animal growth through the lifecycle KCT
004 Competently handle a range of companion and livestock animal species KP
005 Safely handle animals in order to fat score (body condition score) as part of the process for taking nutritional histories
006 Describe the forms of forage and how they influence feed consumption K
007 Explain the principles of veterinary toxicology KCT
008 Explain the principles of veterinary pharmacology K
009 Evaluate considerations relating to animal-specific nutrition and feeding CT
010 Take nutritional histories and advise basic diets for a number of species
011 Evaluate considerations relating to toxicology and pharmacology in animals CT
012 Work independently demonstrating initiative, self-organisation and time management PT
013 Communicate effectively orally and in written work PT
014 Participate in group discussions and on group assignments PT
015 Investigate and analyse problems CT
016 Integrate numerical & non-numerical information CT
017 Identify feedstuffs KP
018 Use ration and feed evaluation programmes KCP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 9

Independent Study Hours: 109

Lecture Hours: 30

Tutorial Hours: 1

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Develop independent thinking and analytical skills. Furthermore, the teaching and learning strategy aims to develop written and oral presentations skills.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures – 30.5hrs

Presentations – 4hrs

Independent learning  - 97hrs

Self directed learning 5.5hrs

Workshops 4hrs

In-class test MCQs 2hrs

Practical animal handling 7hrs 

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for ANIMAL NUTRITION : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/bms2054

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Nutrition and Food Science BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Nutrition BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biological Sciences BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Veterinary Biosciences BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Food Science and Microbiology BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.