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

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2023

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 or 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 Design diets for animals from first principles, list major minerals and vitamins and describe 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, report writing and communication
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 2

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    3

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    3

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    3

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    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
    Lecture topics:
    ·        Principles of animal nutrition
    ·        Proteins, lipids and carbohydrates
    ·        Vitamins & minerals
    ·        Canine nutrition
    ·        Feline nutrition
    ·        Swine nutrition
    ·        Clinical nutrition
    ·        Equine nutrition
    ·        Dairy cattle nutrition
    ·        Feedlot nutrition
    ·        Aquaculture nutrition
     
    Tutorial topics:
    ·        Poultry nutrition
    ·        Wildlife nutrition
    ·        Domestic animal nutrition
    ·        Nutritional diseases
    ·        Toxic substances in feed
    ·        Recent topics in animal nutrition
     
    Practical topics:
    ·        Rumen chemistry
    ·        Feeding analysis
    ·        Nutritional diseases of animals
    ·        Domestic animal nutrition trial
    ·        Pasture assessment and grazing animals
  • 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
    Assessment Task Task Type Hurdle Learning Outcome Weighting Due
    Practical/Tutorial Assessments Formative & Summative No 1, 2 20% Throughout the semester
    Nutrition Case Study Formative & Summative No 2, 3 15% Week 8
    Dairy Case Study / Domestic Animal Report Formative & Summative No 2, 3 15% Week 11
    Theory Exam Summative Yes 1, 2 50% 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
    Practical/Tutorial Assessment 80% attendance Yes Students that do not attain this minimum may be offered an additional activity
    Theory Exam 50% Yes Students that do not attain this minimum may be offered an additional exam
    Assessment Detail
    Practical Assessment and Online Quizzes (20%)
    Every week, students will complete practical/tutorial assessments to refresh knowledge of a topic and indicate the major points students are required to learn in preparation for the final exam. A sub-set of each practical/tutorial assessment will be randomly graded to generate individual scores that reflect individual student’s effort throughout the semester. In addition, Practicals and tutorials will support students in preparing the nutrition case study and dairy/domestic animal reports. Practicals and tutorials will help students to develop their communication skills including research, planning, writing, and visual design. Some practicals/tutorials will also help students in developing their ability to speak clearly and concisely on a topic. Most content discussed in the practicals and tutorials, will be covered in the final exam. Attendance is compulsory provided the achievement of course learning outcomes is substantially dependent on the attendance, e.g. practical, field trip, tutorial or seminar.
     

    Nutrition Case Study (15%)
    Students will select a nutritional topic of interest to them and work in groups of 5-6 to design a diet and management plan for their animal/topic. Groups will prepare an oral presentation and write a 1200-word executive summary (excluding tables and figures) as if students were presenting this information to a client/producer. A peer assessment component is also included in the assessment (FeedbackFruits) to generate individual scores that reflect effort and contribution to the group assignment.
     

    Dairy Case Study or Domestic Animal Report (15%)
    Students will choose their topic of interest and write a 2000 word individual report. Dairy Case Study Report: Students will use a device to collect real-time data (animal activity and rumination time) and combine with feed intake and milk yield to identify/prevent major problems in a dairy farm. Students will suggest solutions and detail how this solution should be implemented in a dairy farm. Students will need to apply ideas and knowledge discussed in the coursework to the practical situation. Domestic Animal Report: Students will collect data on daily feed intake, energy consumption, bodyweight, condition score and activity of a pet dog (their own/friend/relative) over a two-week period. Data will be analysed and students will prepare an individual scientific report (approximately 2,000 words) summarising the findings in relation to issues of domestic animal feeding, and obesity prevention in domestic pets.
      

    Theory Exam (50%)
    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 and long answer questions.
    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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