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BLGY3105 Applied Animal Science

10 creditsClass Size: 180

Module manager: Dr Katie McDermott

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Students need to take either BLGY2142 Animal Nutrition and Metabolism or BLGY2293 Animal Physiology, to be eligible for this module.


BLGY2142Animal Nutrition and Metabolism
BLGY2293Animal Physiology: from Ants to Whales

Module replaces

BLGY3104 Applied Animal Science

This module is not approved as a discovery module


The module will consider:
- Animal production systems in the UK and Europe, sheep, pigs, poultry, cattle.
- Diet assessment and formulation.
- Experimental approach and design in Animal Science.
- Systems for sheep, beef, pig, poultry and dairy production and key issues related to these such as animal welfare; animal health; animal breeding and grassland management.

Learning outcomes
On completion of BLGY3105 students should be able to critically discuss and analyse the science underlying farm animal production systems in current use in the UK and elsewhere. As importantly, students should be able to make reasoned and sensible judgements on how systems of animal production may adapt to future challenges.

Current animal production systems have developed (amongst other things) as a consequence of animal biology; the natural environment; scientific advances; and political, social and economic pressures. The study of animal production science is therefore an integrated discipline that to understand fully requires students to build upon their knowledge of animal science and other aspects of biology and apply this to real world situations.

The module is therefore likely to prove invaluable to students who in the future obtain jobs in the agricultural sector (for example, nutritionists; agricultural consultants, policymakers and scientists; vets; farmers) and will be of great interest to anyone concerned with the future of agriculture, our rural environment and our rural communities.

Skills outcomes
The assessed work of the course will focus on problem solving via calculations and experimental design and also critical assessment of data and observations. This will involve both individual and team work. Students will work in groups to deliver presentations.


- Nutrition of different species and different physiological states.
- Diet assessment and formulation.
- Animal production systems in the UK and Europe, sheep, pigs, cattle.
- Applied aspects of animal health.
- Lectures will discuss systems for sheep, beef, pig, poultry and dairy production and key issues related to these such as animal welfare; animal health; animal breeding and grassland management.

The focus of the lectures will be to relate recent research findings and other developments to likely future changes in animal production. In addition to lectures, assignments in the form of field visits, written work and private study will enable students to explore in greater detail how animal production systems may respond to future change.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning141.0014.00
Private study hours68.00
Total Contact hours32.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

68 hours - reading and researching the subject.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Student attendance at lectures, practicals and group learning sessions will be monitored in line with standard faculty practice.
- Completion of coursework and exam
- Engagement with VLE resources.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Written WorkData handling 2 - written calculation5.00
Written WorkQuestionnaire10.00
PresentationGroup presentation - problem solving10.00
Written WorkData handling 1 - written calculation5.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

Failure to attend sessions and submit appropriate work or make a serious attempt will result in a V code being appended to the final module mark.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 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: 05/02/2020


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