ANIML SC 2505RW - Animal Nutrition & Metabolism II (Vet Bio)

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

This course provides students with a solid grounding in animal metabolism and nutrition to allow them to develop sound, evidence-based advice to clients wishing to maximise the profitability, health, longevity, product quality or athletic performance of animals. The course builds on a platform of knowledge of nutritional principles and the roles of energy, protein, lipids, carbohydrates, macro- and micro-nutrients in biochemical pathways. These principles are then applied to feed formulation for dogs, cats, horses, beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry, wildlife, pocket pets, exotic animals, and farmed finfish. The consequences of an inadequate supply of the essential nutrients are considered in detail. The course has a strong hands-on, practical focus to develop in students an awareness of the importance of nutrition as a frontline determinant of animal health, welfare and production. Emphasis is placed on self-initiative, the development of skills in teamwork, and the application of a critical, science-based approach to practical nutrition.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ANIML SC 2505RW
    Course Animal Nutrition & Metabolism II (Vet Bio)
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites AGRIC 2501RW, VET SC 2530RW
    Incompatible ANIML SC 3015RW
    Restrictions Available to BSc (Veterinary Bioscience) students only
    Course Description This course provides students with a solid grounding in animal metabolism and nutrition to allow them to develop sound, evidence-based advice to clients wishing to maximise the profitability, health, longevity, product quality or athletic performance of animals. The course builds on a platform of knowledge of nutritional principles and the roles of energy, protein, lipids, carbohydrates, macro- and micro-nutrients in biochemical pathways. These principles are then applied to feed formulation for dogs, cats, horses, beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry, wildlife, pocket pets, exotic animals, and farmed finfish. The consequences of an inadequate supply of the essential nutrients are considered in detail. The course has a strong hands-on, practical focus to develop in students an awareness of the importance of nutrition as a frontline determinant of animal health, welfare and production. Emphasis is placed on self-initiative, the development of skills in teamwork, and the application of a critical, science-based approach to practical nutrition.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Mariana Caetano

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Define essentiality of a nutrient and identify the different forms of energy that can be provided to animals, and the way animals attempt to satisfy their energy requirements
    2 Formulate diets for animals from first principles, list major minerals and vitamins and descript their roles in metabolism and describe the interactions between proteins, carbohydrates and lipids in animal metabolism and how imbalances of these result in dysfunction
    3 Apply critical thinking and an evidence-based approach to animal nutrition and demonstrate skills in data collection, analysis, synthesis and report writing
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    3
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    3
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    3
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    3
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    1.       Animal Nutrition from Theory to Practice (2019)
              Hynd, PI (CSIROPublishing)

    2.       Nutritional Ecology of the Ruminant 2nd ed. (1994)
              Van Soest, PJ (Cornell University Press)

    3.       Basic Animal Nutrition and Feeding 5th ed. (2005)
              Pond, WG, Church, DB, Pond, KR and Schoknecht, PA (John Wiley & Sons Inc)  

    4.       Animal Nutrition 7th ed. (2011)
              McDonald, P, Edwards, RA, Greenhalgh, JFD, Morgan, CA, Sinclair, LA and Wilkinson, RG (Pearson Education Limited).

    5.       Small Animal Clinical Nutrition 5th ed.  (2010)
              Hand, MS, Thatcher, CD, Remillard, RL, Roudebush, P and Novotny, BJ (Mark Morris Institute)
     
    Students will require access to the University systems (MyUni, etc) and the Roseworthy Library.

    Access to practical and animal holding facilities on the Roseworthy Campus and other facilities.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Face to face contact (average week):
    • 3 x 1hr lectures
    • 1 x 3hr mixture of tutorials and practical sessions
     
    Outside of face-to-face contact:
    • Students are expected to be prepared for practical classes and tutorials so that they are able to participate fully 
    • Students will be expected to revise course material continuously over the semester in preparation for the end of semester final examination.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g.,
    lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
    Learning Activities Summary
    Students unable to attend face to face practicals must request from Course Coordinator an alternative option. This must be done in advance of the scheduled face-to-face practical session. Field trips have been cancelled for 2020.


    Lecture topics:

    ·        Principles of animal nutrition
    ·        Proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins
    ·        Vitamins & minerals
    ·        Canine nutrition
    ·        Feline nutrition
    ·        Clinical nutrition
    ·        Equine nutrition
    ·        Grazing animal nutrition (sheep, cattle, alpacas, goats)
    ·        Dairy cattle nutrition
    ·        Body composition and Feedlot
    ·        Nutritional issues in aquaculture, lagomorphs and pocket pets
     
    Tutorial topics:
    ·        Poultry nutrition
    ·        Wildlife nutrition
    ·        Domestic animal nutrition
    ·        Nutritional diseases
     
    Practical topics:
    ·        Rumen chemistry
    ·        Feeding analysis
    ·        Nutritional diseases of animals
    ·        Domestic animal nutrition trial
    ·        Pasture assessment and grazing animals
    ·        Least Cost feed formulation
    ·        Feeding behaviour
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching.
    Assessment Task Task Type Hurdle Learning Outcome Weighting Due
    Practical Assessments Formative and Summative No 1, 2 10% Weeks 3, 4, 6, 7 and 10
    Quizzes Formative & Summative No 1, 2
    10%
    Weeks 3, 8, 10 & 12
    Feed Formulation Report Formative & Summative No 2, 3 25% Week 8
    Domestic Animal Report Summative No 2, 3 15% Week 11
    Theory Exam Summative Yes 1, 2 40% End of Semester
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Hurdle Requirements

    Assessment Item Requirement for hurdle Is additional assessment available if student
    does not meet hurdle requirement?
    Details of additional assessment, if known
    Theory Exam 50% Yes Students that do not attain this minimum may
    be offered an additional exam

    Assessment Detail
    Practical Assessment (10%)
    Students will complete five equally weighted practical assessments throughout the semester.

    Online Quizzes (total of 10%)
    Students will complete a total of 4 online quizzes during semester (worth 2.5% each). Topic quizzes are designed to refresh knowledge of a topic and indicate the major points students are required to learn in preparation for the final exam.  Online quizzes (CANVAS) are available for one week and students have 20 mins to answer 15 multiple choice questions.
     
    Feed Formulation Report (25%)
    Students will work in groups of 6 to formulate/design a diet and management plan for their animal/topic. Groups will write a 1200 word executive summary (excluding the diet formulation spreadsheet and other tables and figures) as if students were presenting this information to a client/producer. A peer assessment component is also included in the assessment (Self & Peer Learning Assessment Tool - SPLAT).
     
    Domestic Animal Report (15%)
    Students will prepare an individual scientific report (approximately 2,000 words containing at least 12 peer-reviewed papers) summarising the findings in relation to issues of domestic animal feeding, and obesity prevention in domestic pets.
     
    Theory Exam (40%)
    The final theory exam will examine all components of the course and students have 3 hours to complete it. It will consist of multiple choice, short answer and long answer questions.
     
    Practicals
    Practicals will support students in preparing the feed formulation and domestic animal reports. They will help students to develop their communication skills including research, planning, writing, and visual design. Some practicals will also help students in developing their ability to speak clearly and concisely on a topic. Most content discussed in the practicals, will be covered in the final exam.
    Submission

    Late Submission
    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A mark of zero will be allocated to late submitted assessment.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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