ASC473 Animal Nutrition (8)


This subject involves an in-depth study of the principles of animal nutrition, in particular that of ruminant and monogastric  animals. General topics (modules) covered include nutrients in animal feeds,  and nutrient digestion, absorption and metabolism. Students will then develop further their knowledge of ruminant nutrition.  Students can further their knowledge of the nutrition of individual species through the choice of species for their assignments. This subject has a compulsory residential school, during which time students will do tutorials, workshop on food rationing software and mid-session exam .  The inclusion of the residential school is to ensure that the learning experiences of students enrolled via distance education are equitable to those of students enrolled in the subject internally.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
Distance*Wagga Wagga Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

A sound knowledge of chemistry and biochemistry is expected.  Students without this prior knowledge are likely to need to complete extra reading.

Enrolment restrictions

Postgraduate students only.
Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to list key nutrients for animals and explain why they are considered key nutrients
  • be able to describe how carbohydrates, lipids and proteins are categorised
  • be able to describe in detail the digestion and absorption of dietary carbohydrates, lipids and proteins in monogastric and ruminant animals
  • be able to describe the role of  minerals and vitamins in the nutrition of animals, list common sources of them and describe the clinical signs associated with either inadequate (deficiency) or excessive (toxicity) intake of these nutrients
  • be able to describe how a feedstuff could be analysed in terms of its dry matter, organic matter, lipid, crude protein and fibre contents
  • be able to demonstrate the use of feeding standards to calculate the nutrient requirements of various classes of animals
  • be able to formulate rations to meet the nutrient requirements of various classes of ruminants and a species of your choice
  • be able to demonstrate the practical application of science to the feeding of ruminants and a species of your choice.
  • This subject is clearly differentiated from the paired subject, ASC273, in that the learning objectives and assessment clearly reflect the higher level offering appropriate to Masters level learning.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Comparative anatomy of digestive systems
  • Nutrients in feeds
  • Digestion of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins in ruminants and monogastrics
  • Metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins
  • Role of minerals and vitamins in animal nutrition
  • Analysis of animal feeds
  • Feeding standards
  • Ration formulation
  • Feeding management

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 1.5 day residential school. Workshop on a computer program used to formulate ration associated with a written assignment, a tutorial on material covered in first half of semester, and a mid semester quiz worth 20% of final mark.

Specialised Resources

There is a 1.5 day residential school.  During the residential school a workshop on feed rationing software is conducted which is essential for an assessment task.  In addition, a tutorial on material so far covered in the unit and a mid semester exam will be conducted.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.