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AGR2203 Animal Nutrition

Semester 2, 2021 External
Short Description: Animal Nutrition
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Sciences
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 050105 - Animal Husbandry
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 21 July 2021

Staffing

Examiner: Jazmine Skinner

Requisites

Pre-requisite: BIO2103

Rationale

An in depth knowledge of nutrition is key to improving efficiencies in animal production systems. Understanding of the composition of feed material (including supplements), animal growth responses to different dietary intakes and the characteristics of healthy and dysfunctional digestive systems is vital in this regard. This course has particular relevance to students aiming to work in the cattle, sheep, pig and poultry industries.

Synopsis

In this course students will learn about the main aspects of production animal nutrition. This will include the composition of animal feed, animal growth in response to different food sources and the process of digestion (including mechanical and chemical digestion, absorption and the metabolism of macro and micronutrients). The implications of nutritional disorders for livestock will also be covered in detail. Students will be provided with an overview of the current nutritional approaches to improving productivity and animal health in the cattle, sheep, pig and poultry industries.

This course contains a highly recommended residential school for both external and on-campus students.

Objectives

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Evaluate the current principles of livestock feed composition;
  2. Compare and evaluate animal growth responses to different dietary intakes;
  3. Explain the principles of food digestion, absorption and metabolism;
  4. Assess the impact of nutritional disorders on animal production;
  5. Evaluate the current nutritional approaches to improving productivity and animal health in the cattle, sheep, pig and poultry industries.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Food composition 8.00
2. Animal growth 8.00
3. The digestive process 20.00
4. Metabolism 8.00
5. Protein, carbohydrate & lipid digestion 20.00
6. Mineral & vitamin uptake 8.00
7. Nutritional diseases 8.00
8. Applied animal nutrition 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2021&sem=02&subject1=AGR2203)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

Hynd, P 2019, Animal Nutrition: From Theory to Practice, 1st edn, CSIRO Publishing (eBook).
McDonald, P., Edwards, R.A., Greenhalgh, J.F.D., Morgan, C.A., Sinclair, L.A., Wilkinson, R.G 2011, Animal Nutrition, 7th edn, Pearson Education International (eBook).

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Wu, G (2017), Principles of Animal Nutrition, Taylor & Francis eBooks.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 60.00
Online Lectures 26.00
Online Tutorials 13.00
Private Study 40.00
Residential Schools 24.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Online Quiz 20 10 06 Aug 2021 1,2 (see note 1)
Case Study Presentation 100 25 06 Sep 2021 3,4 (see note 2)
Laboratory Report 100 25 08 Oct 2021 1,5 (see note 3)
Open Examination - Online 100 40 End S2 1,2,3,4,5 (see note 4)

Notes
  1. The Online Quiz will be undertaken via the course StudyDesk and must must be completed in a single session within the specified period. The examiner will advise the due dates for these assessment items.
  2. Assignments must be submitted via the online submission system on the course StudyDesk. The examiner will advise the due dates for these assessment items.
  3. Assignments must be submitted via the online submission system on the course StudyDesk. The examiner will advise the due dates for these assessment items.
  4. This will be an online exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them, to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.
    This course contains a highly recommended residential school for both external and on-campus students (non-attendance will mean the student misses both an element for assessment preparation and an element of assessment).
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.
    Both external and on-campus students are highly recommended to attend the residential school.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.



  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents/14749PL (point 4.4.2).

  6. Examination information:
    An Online Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed, written, or online material as well as a calculator.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure https://policy.usq.edu.au/documents/14749PL.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL).

  2. Referencing in assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. This guide can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing.

  3. This course contains a highly recommended residential school for both external and on-campus students (non-attendance will mean the student misses both an element for assessment preparation and an element of assessment).

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:

  • conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
  • forms part of the Bachelor of Science and is benchmarked against the internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.

Graduate Qualities and Skills
The following Graduate Skills are associated with the successful completion of your assessment items to the level indicated in the Assessment details:

Graduate Skill Assessed - Level Assessed
  • Ethical research and inquiry (Skill U1) - Level 3
  • Problem solving (Skill U2) - Level 3
  • Academic and professional and digital literacy (Skill U3) - Level 3*
  • Written and oral communication (Skill U4) - Level 3
  • Management, planning and organisational skills (Skill U8) - Level 3

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  3. This course contains a highly recommended residential school for both external and on-campus students (non-attendance will mean the student misses both an element for assessment preparation and an element of assessment).

Date printed 21 July 2021