Nutrition and Feed Science

Subject DASC90006 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

September, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 12-Sep-2016 to 24-Sep-2016
Assessment Period End 04-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 14-Sep-2016
Census Date 23-Sep-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 14-Oct-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Up to 45 hours of lectures/practicals/tutorials
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

• Knowledge and understanding of Microsoft Excel for modelling exercises; training provided in formulation packages
• Access to LMS required for simulation models and prescribed reading

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Kristy Digiacomo



Subject Overview:

The subject examines the applications of new technologies in processing and analysis of feeds for a range of animal species. The subject will introduce empirical, mechanistic and telemetric models to evaluate animal performance under different dietary regimes. Furthermore, the implications of feed composition and evaluation on mechanistic modelling of nutrient uptake and utilization by the animal will be assessed. The modelling procedures will also be used to evaluate wastage of C and N in animal production systems with special emphasis on the losses of C as methane and N as ammonia and nitrous oxides.

Learning Outcomes:
  • The objectives of this subject are to:
  • To develop an awareness of empirical, mechanistic and telemetric methods of modelling animal systems
  • To be able to formulate diets for a variety of livestock using a feed formulation package
  • To characterize the impacts of different feed composition on animal performance
  • To evaluate G x E interactions of livestock and feeds
  • To develop an awareness of greenhouse gas emission sources and potential feed based mitigation strategies
  • A 2000 word written assignment due approximately end of week 6 worth 50%
  • A 2000 word written assignment due end of semester worth 50%


  • A 10 minute oral report based on practicals due during semester

Prescribed Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • Academic excellence
  • A greater in-depth understanding of scientific disciplines of animal nutrition
  • The study will develop critical thinking and analysis; and problem solving
  • Flexibility and level of transferable skills should be enhanced though improved ability to communicate ideas effectively in both written and verbal formats
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Sciences
Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Sciences
Master of Agricultural Science
Master of Animal Science
Postgraduate Diploma in Agricultural Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point (A) Master of Agricultural Sciences
150 Point Master of Agricultural Sciences
200 Point Master of Agricultural Sciences
Animal Science Specialisation

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