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BLGY3224 Advanced Topics in Animal Science

20 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Henry Greathead

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of a Level 2 Biology, Biomedical Sciences or similar programme.


BLGY2146Animal Physiology

Module replaces

BLGY3105 Applied Animal ScienceBLGY3273 Animal Nutrition Science

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Population growth and growth in global affluence are anticipated to continue to drive the increasing demand for animal protein. Production of animals to meet this demand is not only a significant contributor to environmental problems, but is itself likely to be impacted by the very problems it contributes to. Addressing these challenges requires new technologies and innovations if production is to be sustainable. This module explores nutritional technologies and innovations.


On completion of this module students should have a critical understanding of current research ‘hot’ topics in animal science, as taught by those active in the research. Students will learn about the approaches, strategies and methods being used and researched to address problems of animal production.

Learning outcomes
By the end of the module students should be able to:
1. Discuss the problems of animal production (comprehension);
2. Assess the merits and demerits of approaches, strategies and methods to address the challenges associated with animal production (synthesis and evaluation);
3. Demonstrate the rationale for the approaches, strategies and methods to address the challenges associated with animal production (application);
4. Analyse production data and critique the systems and/or treatments behind them (analysis).


The module provides an account of technical approaches (‘hot’ topics) to mitigating both the impact of animal production on the environment (climate change and natural resource constraints), and the likely impacts of environmental change on animal production. These include: methane mitigation from ruminants, mitigating heat stress via nutrition and manure/slurry management.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment16.006.00
Private study hours171.00
Total Contact hours29.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Lectures provide a framework for self-directed study. Self-directed learning should provide additional breadth and depth to what is learnt in the lectures. Relevant literature will be cited in the lectures, which should be read. Where there is a lack of understanding this should be remedied through additional reading. Topics of particular interest should be explored further. Links with content from other modules should be made.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students are encouraged to ask questions during contact hours. These are opportunities for formative feedback on thoughts aligned on presented subject matter. The digital posters will provide feedback on student ability to succinctly critique an impact case study.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentDigital poster summarising the research and evaluating the impact of a relevant (animal science) REF2021 impact case study20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

Further guidance on the assessment will be provided in the module handbook/Minerva.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

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: 29/04/2024 16:11:53


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