Full Title:Biochemistry and Animal Nutrition
Module Code:AGRI S6008
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:no description provided
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Critically evaluate how genetics and biotechnology, particularly applies to plant and animal science.
  2. Compare and contrast how living cells (animal and plant) can extract energy from highly reduced organic molecules and convert them to a usuable form of energy suitable to the living cell.
  3. Apply theoretical concepts and practical appplication of biochemistry and nutrition in formualting and feeding rations for optimum animal performance
  4. Summarise the chemical composition and nutritive value of the common animal feedstuffs.
  5. Discuss the main biochemical factors affecting post mortem glycolysis and meat quality

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to biochemistry
Biochemistry and organisation of cells. Components of cells: Structure and function. Water as a solvent for biochemical reactions.
Nucleic acids, biosynthesis of nucleic acids, protein synthesis. Biotechnological techniques. The molecular basis of mutation, Molecular cloning using DNA vectors; Genetic engineering and agriculture; Transgenic plants and animals and gene pharming.
Energies and Metabolism
Carbohydrates, lipids and compounds of nitrogen and their relevance in nutrition. The roles of enzymes and hormones in animal metabolism and their modes of operation.
Ruminant and non-ruminent nutrition
Gross metabolisable and net energy requirements for animal maintenance, growth and milk production. Dietary requirements for protein, energy, fibre, mineral, vitamins, water and additives. Forage quality and silage analysis. Diet specifications and formulation including farm mixing, concentrate supplementation, least cost ration formulation. Alternative forrages and by products. Animal feeding systems, including diet feeders, grazing systems, zero grazing, automated feeding
Animal performance and production
Tissue structure and growth including muscle and fat; animal growth curves, compensatory growth, food convertion efficiency and liveweight gain. Nutritional and genetic factors affecting the yield and composition of milk. Metabolic disorders.
Carcase grading, quality and post mortem glycolysis
Killing out (KO)%, EUROP electronic grading, carcase electrical stimulation, post mortem muscle contration and rigor mortis, meat ultimate pH, dark firm dry (DFD) and pale soft exudative (PSE) meat; cold shortening and thaw rigor in meat.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Multiple Choice Questions Multiple choice test 1,2,3,4,5 10.00 0 0 n/a 0
Portfolio Compile and present media articles relating to biochemistry and nutrition in agriculture in a scrap book style. 1,2,3,4,5 20.00 0 0 Week 11 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam n/a 1,2,3,4,5 70.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Tutorial No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Directed Reading No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 5.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Ochs, R.S. 2013, Biochemistry, 1st Ed., Jones and bartlet Learning [ISBN: 9781449661373]
  • Gleason, F 2012, Plant Biochemistry, 1st Ed., Jones and Bartlett Learning [ISBN: 9781449628666]
  • Mc Donald, P., Edwards,R.A. and Greenhalgh,JFD 2002, Animal Nutrition, 6th Ed., Essex Education [ISBN: 0582219272]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_SAGRI_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Agriculture 3 Mandatory
DK_SAGRI_C Higher Certificate in Science in Agriculture 3 Mandatory