Full Title:Animal Genetics
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:AGRI S9Z01
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( June 2019 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Description:This module provides students with an understanding of animal genetics, selective breeding, lineage traceability and epigenetics.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Appraise the use of molecular genetics and selective breeding techniques to improve animal production efficiency.
  2. Critically assess and evaluate the role of molecular genetics in animal health.
  3. Discuss the importance of parental traceability and molecular markers in animal breeding.
  4. Analyse the influence of epigenetics on livestock nutrition, genetics and breeding.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to Genetics
DNA, genes, chromosomes and genetic inheritance; Mendelian genetics.
Genetics and Breeding
Traditional breeding; Cross breeding; Monogenic and polygenic traits; Indicator traits; Breeding for increased efficiency; Marker assisted selection; Genomic selection; Genome mapping and identification of key genes; Genetic diversity; Factors affecting the rate of genetic gain.
Genetics and Traceability
Importance of genetics and traceability for breeding; Tagging; Molecular Parentage testing; Use of molecular markers for traceability.
Genetics and Animal Health
The role of molecular genetics in animal health; Genetic and cellular basis of disease susceptibility and resistance in farm animals; Immunological, molecular and cellular events involved in animal response to disease; Identification of key disease resistance genes.
The influence of epigenetics on livestock nutrition, genetics and breeding. Gene expression in areas such as dairy fertility and mastitis resistance. Functional genomics to analyse responses of individual animals (e.g. stress response / environmental responses).
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Practical/Skills Evaluation Laboratory practicals and site-visits. e.g. genetic analysis through PCR, expression patterns of proteins in organisms / tissues, bioinformatics 3 30.00 0 0 n/a 0
Continuous Assessment CA component will consist of a class test, essay (or other project), presentation on a relevant (current) topic followed by a discussion/debating session or a similarly relevant assessment. This will cover one or more of the Learning Outcomes for the module. 1,2,3 10.00 0 0 Week 8 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 End of semester final examination 1,2,3 60.00 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 This module will consist of 3hrs each week for lectures or practicals (two 3hr practicals per semester) 2.50 Every Week 2.50
Tutorial Tutorials will be used to support lectures / practicals 1.00 Every Second Week 0.50
Online Contact On-line discussion forum 0.50 Every Week 0.50
Practical This module will contain two 3hr practicals per semester, instead of lectures 0.00 Twice per semester 0.00
Independent Study No Description 5.00 Every Week 5.00
Directed Reading No Description 2.50 Every Week 2.50
Total Weekly Learner Workload 11.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.50
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • T. A. Brown 2010, Gene Cloning and DNA Analysis: An Introduction, 6th edition Ed.
  • T. Grandin, M.J. Deesing (eds) 2014, Genetics and the behaviour of domesticated animals, 2nd edition Ed., Academic Press
Supplementary Book Resources
  • T. Brown 2012, Introduction to genetics, a molecular approach, Garland Science
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Current research publications from peer-reviewed journals will be used as additional material
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
NACAB9_5 Certificate in Animal Biotechnology 1 Mandatory
DK_SAGBI_9 Master of Science in Agricultural Biotechnology 1 Mandatory
DK_SAGPD_9 Postgraduate Diploma in Agricultural Biotechnology 1 Mandatory