AGRI06001 2016 Agricultural Animal Science

General Details

Full Title
Agricultural Animal Science
Transcript Title
Animal Science
N/A %
Subject Area
AGRI - Agriculture
ESCI - Environmental Science
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Margaret Savage
Programme Membership
SG_SAGRI_H08 201600 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Agri-Food Science SG_SAGRI_G06 000000 Higher Certificate in Science in Agri-Food Science SG_BACCO_C06 201700 Higher Certificate in Business in Business in Accounting and Marketing SG_SAGRI_B07 201800 Bachelor of Science in Science in Agri-Food Science SG_SAGRI_H08 201800 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Agri-Food Science

This subject aims to provide the learner with introductory concepts and knowledge of the relevant anatomical and physiological systems in farm livestock and poultry and examines how these systems relate to farm animal production, animal welfare and animals as a source of food for human consumption.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


List and explain key concepts in farm animal anatomy and physiology


Identify and describe the structure and function of the major body systems of farm animals


Explain the composition and nutritive value of common animal feedstuffs


Outline the nutritional requirements of farm animals


Source and interpret relevant appropriate information/literature and apply the knowledge


Communicate information accurately and effectively using appropriate forms e.g. written, visual, oral

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The teaching strategy will involve use of lectures, practical sessions, opportunities for on-line formative assessment and directed independent learning as well as a clear expectation of non-directed independent learning.


Module Assessment Strategies

Module will be assessed using a combination of continuous assessment and practicals. 

Continuous assessments will comprise regular summative tests to encourage engagement with the module, monitor progress and provide feedback and to examine the fundamental knowledge of the learner.

Practical work will be assessed via written assignments/reports and summative assessment.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment, where relevant,  will involve assignment or practical test that provides evidence that the student has met the subject and topic learning outcomes to the required standard.

Indicative Syllabus

  1. Introduction to livestock and poultry and the potential outputs from each
  2. Introduction to animal body and animal feed
  3. Nutrition
    • Nutrients and their functions
    • Digestion
    • Digestive processes in different species
    • Metabolism
    • Voluntary food intake
  4. Reproduction
    • Reproductive processes in different species
  5. Lactation
  6. Growth and maintenance
  7. Overview of animal welfare and health
  8. Overview of environmental impact of livestock and poultry production

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Quiz Continuous Assessment Assessment 50 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,6
2 Practical assessment Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 25 % OnGoing 1,2,4,5,6
3 written assessments Continuous Assessment Assignment 25 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Practical Science Laboratory Practicals and site visits 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self directed learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2013-11-01 Scientific Farm Animal Production Pearson Education Limited
ISBN 1292042265 ISBN-13 9781292042268
Recommended Reading
2010-04-12 Animal Science Biology and Technology (Texas Science) Cengage Learning
ISBN 1435486374 ISBN-13 9781435486379

Animal Science Biology and Technology, 3rd edition is the ideal animal science book that combines the empirical and the practical in a book suitable for readers of all ages and stages. This book takes the reader from the basics of production through to evaluation, while delivering a contemporary industry overview. Readers will find the opportunities for experiential learning found in this book will be especially helpful in planning supervised agricultural experience projects and FFA career development events. The career focus sections found in Animal Science Biology and Technology, 3rd edition present opportunities in a story format that will pique the reader's interest. The accompanying laboratory manual and additional activities will provide readers with hands on engagement that enhances learning. This outstanding book was written by nationally renowned educators, MeeCee Baker and Robert Mikesell, who also own and operate a beef cattle farm and bring academia into the pasture.

Recommended Reading
2002 The Agricultural Notebook Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN-10 0632058293, ISBN-13 9780632058297 The Twentieth Edition takes "The Agricultural Notebook" into its third century:::: it has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the considerable changes in agricultural and rural practices and policies which have taken place since publication of the previous edition. The book is divided into four parts: Crops, Management, Animal Production, and Farm Equipment. New sections added to this edition include: 1) A Marketing Perspective on Diversification, 2) Organic Farming, and 3) Farming and Wildlife. Since the first edition was compiled by Primrose McConnell in 1883, "The Agricultural Notebook" has become established as the standard work of reference for all those in the farming industry. With each edition it has evolved and changed in such a way as to provide agricultural scientists, students of agriculture and related subjects, farmers, farm managers and land agents with an abundance of current information on all aspects of the business of farming. Many comments received from lecturers and students who have used previous editions of the book have been taken into account in producing the twentieth edition. The thirty contributing authors have fully updated chapters, a new clearer layout has been adopted and much new information is included in easy-to-use tables and figures. "The Agricultural Notebook" is an essential purchase for all students of agriculture, countryside, and rural studies. Professionals such as farmers, land agents, agricultural scientists, advisers, suppliers to the agriculture industry and all those with a connection and interest in the agricultural community will find a huge wealth of information within the book's covers.

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