Module Title:Introduction to animal production
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Formal lectures will be complemented by practical field sessions that will allow for a balance of theory and hands on learning activities. Classroom activities will focus on the main animal enterprises in Irish agriculture including the challenges faced by the sector. Visiting lecturers will be used where appropriate to enhance the learning experience of the students and expose them to new concepts in animal production. Students will learn the hands on management aspects (e.g. BCS) of animal production through farm based practical sessions.
Module Aim: This module aims to introduce students to animal production in Ireland and the various challenges faced by the sector. Students will learn about the management principles that apply to animal production at farm level that improve the overall sustainability of the sector.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate key skills that apply to animal production e.g. body condition scoring, locomotion scoring etc.
LO2 Understand animal breeds that are suitable to Irish production systems
LO3 Be capable of discussing sustainability as it applies to animal production systems
LO4 Demonstrate a knowledge of the importance of ruminant animal production in Ireland
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Requirements
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Cattle production
Students will learn about the practical aspects of managing a herd of beef cattle
Dairy production
Students will learn about some of the practical management aspects of dairy production
Sheep production
Students will learn about the practical aspect of sheep production
Animal health
Concepts of health management will be discussed including the development of a farm health plan and strategies for reducing antibiotic use
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
Project20.00%
Practical20.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Multiple Choice Questions Students will complete a MCQ to demonstrate knowledge in content delivered in lectures 2 5.00 n/a
Multiple Choice Questions Students will complete a MCQ to demonstrate knowledge in content delivered in lectures 3 5.00 n/a
Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Students will compile a review of a specific aspect of animal production in Ireland 1,2,3,4 20.00 n/a
Practical
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Student will submit reports on field studies completed throughout the period. 1,2 20.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam An end of year exam will take place covering aspects of animal production delivered during the term 1,2,3,4 50.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 0.75
Practicals Every Week 0.75
Independent Learning Every Week 1.50
Total Hours 3.00
 

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SWSFM_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sustainable Farm Management and Agribusiness 1 Mandatory
CW_SWSFM_D Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Farm Management and Agribusiness 1 Mandatory