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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BLGY2142 Animal Nutrition and Metabolism

20 creditsClass Size: 200

Module manager: Dr Henry Greathead

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Normally level 1 Biology core modules

This module is not approved as a discovery module


The aim of the course is to teach students the principles of nutrition including a description of the major nutrients and their digestion in various classes of animals including humans and other mammals, both ruminant and non-ruminant, wild and domestic. Birds are also included.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students should have a thorough understanding of the digestive physiology of mammals and birds.

There are opportunities to develop transferable professional skills.
- Team/group working (practicals/seminar)
- Debating (animal ethics seminar)
- Problem solving (practicals)
- Time management (assessment)
- Report writing (practicals)
- Delivery of oral presentation (animal ethics seminar)


The topics covered are as follows:
- The digestive tracts of ruminants and simple-stomached animals and birds.
- Digestion and absorption of protein, fat and carbohydrates in simple-stomached and ruminant animals.
- The macro-elements, the essential trace elements and the toxic trace elements.
- The fat and water soluble vitamins.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment11.501.50
Private study hours151.50
Total Contact hours48.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Unseen exam (essays, etc short answers, calculations).

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentEnd-of-term-MCQ test10.00
Practical ReportOne summative practical report (Glucose absorption) and one formative practical report15.00
Practical ReportAll practical work: marked according to the quality of notes, drawings, observations etc, made during each practical and brief write up of each practical5.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)3 hr 00 mins70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 25/04/2019


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