University of Guelph

1996-97 Undergraduate Calendar


XII--Course Descriptions

Animal Science

Department of Animal and Poultry Science

10-175 Animal Management I W(3-2)

An introduction to dairy, beef, goat and horse industries with particular emphasis on breeds and breeding, housing, feeding and management, and marketing. Characteristics of each industry and appropriate terminology will be included. Contact with animals and production units is provided.

Prerequisites: admission to the Pre-Veterinary Year.

10-176 Animal Management II W(3-2)

An introduction to swine, poultry, dog and cat, and sheep industries with particular emphasis on terminology, size, breeds, management, housing and marketing aspects. Contact with animals and production systems is provided.

Prerequisites: admission to Pre-Veterinary Year.

10-220 Principles of Aquaculture F(3-0)

An introduction to the major principles of fish husbandry and preventive medicine as it relates mainly to the production of finned fish in Canada. (Offered in odd-numbered years.)

Prerequisites: 3 course credits in biology.
Exclusions: 73-220.

10-233 Introduction to the Horse Industry F(2-2)

An introduction to horse production designed for those who have little or no background in agriculture or biology at the university level. The course will include the origins and biology of the horse as well as modern production systems. Emphasis is on familiarizing the student with routines of handling, daily care and management of the horse. Housing, equipment and nutrient requirements are also discussed.

10-234 Structure of Farm Animals W(3-3)

An introduction to the carcass structure of cattle, pigs, sheep and poultry. Animal growth and development are considered in relation to meat production. Practical work includes slaughtering of livestock. The course is for students intending to major in Animal Science.

10-303 Poultry Production F(3-3)

Emphasis is placed on the application of the sciences of genetics, nutrition and physiology at all phases of poultry production. The effect of various production parameters on the level of production and the net return to producers will also be studied. New technology will be introduced and laboratories will include case studies, field trips and computer simulations. (Last offering F96.)

Prerequisites: 01-1101/2.

10-337 Advanced Horse Production W(3-3)

Emphasis is placed on the application of the sciences of nutrition and reproductive physiology at all phases of horse production. Growth, conformation selection, and training will also be discussed. Specific details of good management programs for a variety of horse production units will be outlined. Knowledge of the current literature is encouraged. Laboratories are designed to provide students with hands-on experience and the opportunity to develop a management plan for a horse facility.

Prerequisites: 01-1101/2 or 10-234

10-340 Beef Production F(3-3)

Students are introduced to the beef industry, the current management practices and production systems, as well as the relative profitability of cow-calf, stocker and feedlot enterprises. Emphasis is placed on assessing alternatives, problem-solving, and the economics of new technology. Case studies are designed to supplement lecture material. (Last offering F97.)

Prerequisites: 01-1101/2.

10-341 Dairy Cattle Production W(3-3)

Emphasis is placed on the application of the sciences of genetics, nutrition, and physiology to all phases of dairy cattle production. The effects of various production systems on the level of production, quality of product, and the profitability of the dairy enterprise are considered. Laboratory periods will include field travel in the Ontario dairy industry which may cause some laboratories to be of a longer duration than scheduled. (Last offering W98.)

Prerequisites: 01-1101/2.

10-342 Swine Production W(3-3)

The course deals with the production and economics of pig farming. Topics covered in lectures and laboratories include: planning, establishing and managing enterprises; production-economic evaluation of reproduction, growth and carcass merit; computer management analyses; and field travel to production units. (Last offering W98.)

Prerequisites: 01-1101/2.

10-343 Sheep Production W(3-3)

The application of the sciences of genetics, nutrition and physiology to all phases of sheep production. Various systems of lamb and wool production will be considered, including examples from outside of North America. Emphasis is placed on the efficiency of production and new techniques to improve performance. (Last offering W97.)

Prerequisites: 01-1101/2.

10-350 Tropical Livestock Production F(3-0)

A course dealing with the major factors influencing livestock production in tropical areas. The classes of livestock involved, ecological and biological problems as well as production potentials will be discussed. (Last offering F96.)

Prerequisites: 01-1101/2> or 10-234

10-405 Recombinant DNA in Animal Science F(3-2)

The application of recombinant DNA techniques to animal science, including the production from cloned genes of products of value to the livestock industry, the incorporation of marker-assisted selection and of transgenic livestock animals into animal breeding strategies, sexing techniques, and the genetic manipulation of gut and rumen microflora.

Prerequisites: 40-200

10-412 Fundamentals of Animal Reproduction F(3-3)

The course is designed to apply basic knowledge in the explanation of reproductive phenomena in domestic animals. Special attention will be given to the regulatory mechanisms of male and female fertility. (First offering F97.)

Prerequisites: 77-328

10-413 Reproductive Management and Technology W(3-2)

Management of reproductive events at the farm level in the major classes of domestic livestock. An introduction to modern and emerging reproductive technologies as these relate to livestock propagation. (First offering W98.)

Prerequisites: 10-412

10-415 Principles of Farm Animal Care and Welfare W(3-0)

Students will be introduced to the main theoretical concepts of bioethics as related to contemporary animal agriculture. They will be familiarized with the history of the animal welfare movement, including its effect on producers and consumers of animal products. The course will emphasize the techniques of assessment of animal well-being and review legal requirements and voluntarily accepted codes for sound animal care and safe animal handling.

Prerequisites: 20 course credits.

10-424 Animal Reproduction F(3-3)

The course is designed to apply basic knowledge in the explanation of reproductive phenomena in domestic animals. Special reference to the practical application of modern breeding techniques and the maintenance of maximum reproductive efficiency is stressed. (Last offering F96).

10-434 Animal Science Seminar F,W(2-1)

Discussion and presentation of oral and written reports on current topics pertinent to animal and poultry science.

Prerequisites: previous study related to animal science and at least 28 course credits.

10-439 Animal Behaviour and Bionomics F(3-2)

Fundamental and applied aspects of behaviour and environmental physiology of farm animals with the emphasis on ethological and physiological acclimation to modern livestock production practices. The topics discussed will include the major environmental and behavioral factors that adversely influence the productivity of confined herds and flocks.

Prerequisites: 77-328

10-445 Animal Science Research Project I S,F,W(1-5)

Students will select a problem in any of the animal sciences, conduct an extensive review of the literature and outline an experiment to conduct. The outline will be presented in a seminar. Approval of the faculty project supervisor and course coordinator is required before course selection. (Last offering W98.)

Prerequisites: 25 course credits.

10-446 Animal Science Research Project II S,F,W(1-5)

Students conduct a field, animal room or laboratory experiment which has been outlined previously. Research findings will be written in a scientific report and a brief seminar will be presented. (Last offering W98.)

Prerequisites: 10-445

10-447 Animal Metabolism W(3-0)

Current concepts in whole animal metabolism and the quantitative techniques used to measure whole body metabolic kinetics will be presented. Tissue and organ specific biochemical processes will be integrated with whole body control mechanisms.

Prerequisites: 71-319.

10-448 Applied Endocrinology F(3-3)

This course will examine the endocrine systems of farm animals and their applications to livestock production. Considerable emphasis will be given to projects involving the quantitation of endocrine responses in the cow, the pig and the chicken.

Prerequisites: 77-328 or a 300-level course credit in Physiology.

10-460 Ecological Basis of Animal Agriculture F(3-0)

A course designed for interaction and discussion to investigate the social and ecological arguments concerned with animal agriculture in its broadest context from both Canadian and worldwide perspectives. Topics include: evolution, sociology and politics of animal agriculture, resource allocations, animals in sustainable agriculture. (Offered in odd-numbered years.)

Prerequisites: 30 course credits.

1996-97 Undergraduate Calendar
XII--Course Descriptions

[Previous] [Parent] [Next]

[Table of Contents] [Index] [Glossary]
[Courses by Subject] [Courses by Name] [Awards by Category] [Awards by Name] [Calendar Search]

Last revised: August 28, 1996. Contact: