ACE1011 : Applied Domestic Animal Physiology

  • Module Leader(s): Dr Andrew Beard
  • Owning School: Agriculture, Food & Rural Development
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To provide a broad understanding of animal physiology with particular reference to domestic animals. Also the physiology of digestion, reproduction, lactation and growth of farm and companion animals

Outline Of Syllabus

Digestion: structure and function of the digestive tract.
Consideration of omnivores (pig), herbivores (ruminants, horse, rabbit), carnivores (dog, cat)
Reproduction: Reproductive events, reproductive anatomy,
production of gametes, reproductive endocrinology, oestrous cycles.
Fertilisation, pregnancy, parturition, postpartum.
Lactation: mammary gland structure, growth and development
Lactogenesis, galactopoeisis, milk composition, secretion and ejection.
Species variation
The milking process, factors affecting milk yield and composition
Growth and Development: body composition and carcass structure
Growth curves, allometry, changes in body composition with growth
Factors affecting composition, endocrinology of growth

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion34:0012:00Preparation of practical reports
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion220:3011:00Revision for Semester 1 examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Completion of semester 1 exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical23:006:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork13:003:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity221:0022:00Lecture follow up
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study221:0022:00Reading in support of lectures
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce the factual information on the morphology and physiology. Practicals reinforce the lectures and allow students to develop their skills in handling live animals and post-mortem material for investigative reasons.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A70Answer 3 questions out of 6.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M303 pieces of work, each of 10%, each no more than 5 pages (including graphs and drawings)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination assesses knowledge acquisition.
The practical reports assess the student's skills of data collection, analysis, drawing and reporting critical discussion.

Reading Lists


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