ANSC20020 Animal Nutrition I

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module is designed for students in Animal Science/Animal Science Equine/Animal & Crop Production/Dairy Business/Agri-Environmental Sciences. The module is designed to give students an understanding of nutrition for both ruminant and monogastric farm animals. Topics dealt with include the following: structure and functioning of the digestive system, the processes of digestion and absorption plus digestive disorders; metabolism of nutrients, especially in relation to energy, protein, minerals and vitamins plus an introduction to metabolic disorders; nutrient requirements and systems of energy and protein evaluation of feeds; dry matter intake; feed additives; feed processing; major classes of feedstuffs.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to: Summarise the key facts and principles about digestion, absorption and metabolism of nutrients, nutrient requirements of farm animals, and major classes of feedstuffs; Outline and explain, at an appropriate level, the main principles, concepts and ideas relevant to digestive and metabolic disorders and the feeding of farm animals; Access, interrogate and interpret databases on both feedstuffs and nutrient requirements of farm animals; Apply nutritional knowledge to concrete situations and solve simple animal feeding problems.

Indicative Module Content:

Nutrient requirements of farm animals
Major classes of feed-stuffs
Principles of nutrient digestion, absorption and metabolism

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The delivery of this module will take place primarily though lectures with supplementary content delivered through Brightspace 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Introductory Chemistry and Biochemistry Modules

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: MCQ Throughout the Trimester n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: Essay Style Questions 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Continuous Assessment: MCQ Varies over the Trimester n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be offered in class following the completion of the MCQ's