This module introduces students to the concept of a system and its associated inputs, outputs, boundaries and feedback loops all within a livestock production framework. The module then focuses on production systems in industrial and developing countries and associated topical issues such as anthelmintic resistance, development of new technology and increased productivity alongside issues such as marketing of livestock products and alternative livestock. The module will enhance students’ awareness of livestock production principles and systems inclusive of current topical research and develop approaches for applying scientific principles more effectively in practice in the wide spectrum of global conditions and challenges.

This module explores the mechanisms involved in immune responses and examines the effects of pathogenic and parasitic organisms on the body. The principles of preventative medicine and pharmacology and the roles of the veterinary surgeon and animal manager in disease control and treatment are examined.

The module aims to provide at an advanced level, critical appreciation of the factors involved in current practical systems used to manage animals. Students will study current trends in management of livestock species through case studies which will integrate the principles of system design with the physiological factors important to meet the animals needs for optimal health, welfare and performance. Livestock production systems will be analysed to detect problems and synthesise solutions.

This module provides an understanding of the biochemistry of digestion and absorption and the subsequent postabsorptive metabolism of important macro- and micronutrients. The module will examine the biochemical functions of vitamins and minerals and the biochemical basis of their associated toxicity and deficiency symptoms. The module will illustrate the biochemistry and control of important productive processes such as growth, lactation, egg production and in doing so will demonstrate the integration of metabolic processes. It will also examine the biochemical consequences of inappropriate nutrition and links to metabolic disorders.

This module reviews the physiological processes in animals at all levels of organisation and considers the factors that can disrupt the homeostasis of those processes. It also reviews the physiology of reproduction in animal species. It also examines how evolution has shaped the adaptation of the physiological processes in a range of animal species.

This module is designed to enable students to be able to critically evaluate comparative aspects of nutrition and to explore the links between nutrition, performance, health, welfare and in a range of animal species. Several areas will be explored such as digestive adaptations in animals, feeding behaviour and regulation of voluntary feed intake, challenges of feeding animals, impact and management of nutritional disorders, and feeding management case studies.

This module aims to develop advanced scholarship through a critical investigation of the diverse nature and scale of the equine industry within the UK, European Union (EU), and in a global context. The economic significance of the industry as a whole and the relative contributions of the various sectors will be identified, analysed and interpreted.

This module aims to develop the students’ understanding of equine health by, initially, building a systematic understanding of the physiology of the horse. The students will then move on to critically evaluate the impact of nutritional, behavioural, and welfare issues on the equine as an individual. This advanced knowledge will then be transferred to interrogating the impact of these health issues on the equine population as a whole. Animal health issues that are currently impacting on the horse industry will be researched and reviewed toprovide students with an up to date, industry relevant, skills profile regarding equine health.

This module is designed to develop the student’s systematic understanding of the different areas of equine performance. The module will allow the student to appreciate factors that effect, improve and limit performance across a wide range of disciplines. The student will analyse subjects including exercise physiology, biomechanics, sports medicine and therapy, performance nutrition and aspects of performance breeding strategies; the rider’s effect on equine performance will also be examined. Students will be required to integrate scientific knowledge of these areas with industry practice and critically appraise the effectiveness and potential of scientific application.

This module is intended to develop information-searching skills relating to equine performance and management. Students will select an area to review which directly relates to their award title (breeding and reproduction; behaviour and welfare; nutrition; sports performance) and will be expected to identify the key research work/ers and research establishments in that field. They will develop the ability to critically analyse the work, as well as using more descriptive styles of review. They will be encouraged to include creativity and originality in the structuring of ideas and argument. Extended Literature Review provides a sound background in seeking, using and accurately citing of information from the full range of communications media.

This module has been developed to allow students to investigate the application of knowledge and techniques at the forefront of their discipline area and/or area of professional practice. With the support of group and individual tutorials students will work with a high level of autonomy on an industry related problem. Students will therefore be required to critically evaluate current research and utilise their findings to investigate novel and creative solutions to problems that come from the equine industry in an area related to their specialism (breeding and reproduction; behaviour and welfare; nutrition; sports performance). They will then plan and test these solutions and communicate the results of their work to academic and non-academic audiences.

This module provides the student with an understanding of the nutritional requirements of the major species of farm animals. This is done by laboratory examination of the chemical composition and nutritive value of a wide range of animal feedstuffs and developing theoretical and practical experience of the way in which this knowledge can be used in the formulation of animal diets in different production systems.

This module focuses on production animal management through the application of data and case studies to livestock, health, welfare and production issues. Detailed case studies using the College Farm enterprises will be undertaken coupled with the use of external data, specifically for dairy cow related issues. Students will also gain knowledge of designing applied research projects at farm level through assessments and practical sessions.

The module reviews the physiology of reproduction in a range of species and considers recent developments in our understanding of the reproductive process. The current techniques and technologies used in the manipulation of reproductive systems appropriate for animal breeding are examined. Reproductive strategies will be evaluated in order to examine the factors that influence the relative success of breeding systems in a range of species. The module will also appraise technological advances that may be used in animal breeding programmes.

This module will consolidate and deepen knowledge of livestock production systems and associated issues gained in Advanced Animal Production (H0270251). It introduces students to the concepts of sustainability and indicators of sustainable livestock production toward 2050 against a background of predicted population growth and potential changes in land use. The overarching theoretical frameworks will be macro and micro –economics, policy, indicators of sustainable development relevant to global livestock production and agri-environmental interactions.
The module will adopt a global approach to livestock production and its associated cultural and socio- economic issues in industrialized and developing countries. Students will be able to focus their studies on their own particular countries and associated livestock issues through the proposed assessments (both formative and summative).

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