BSEN40510 Precision Livestock Management

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module examines the principles and theories that underpin the concept of precision livestock management as applied to domesticated farm animals (e.g. pigs, poultry and cattle). The module focuses on the technology (sensors, networks, control systems) and logic (models, management rules) related to (i) intake and yield; (ii) welfare and stress; (iii) activity, behaviour and location; and (iv) management decisions. The technologies will be considered in the context of Irish, European and world agriculture, and how they can be put to use for gaining environmental and economic benefits for farmers.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

• explain the principle of precision livestock management.
• specify the functional components and their interconnection for an animal monitoring and control system.
• evaluate the potential of specific precision livestock management technologies to offer economic and environmental benefits to a livestock farm enterprise.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
- Lectures
- Directed reading
- Student presentations 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Presentation: Oral presentation Week 12 n/a Graded No


Examination: Examination of knowledge related outcomes 2 hour End of Trimester Exam Yes Graded Yes


Assignment: Report Writing Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded 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

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Individual feedback on final exam and report if requested.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 31, 32, 33 Mon 11:00 - 12:50