ASC473 Animal Nutrition (8)

This subject involves an in-depth study at post graduate level 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, the theory of which students will apply in their practical and assessment tasks. Students will then further develop their knowledge of ruminant nutrition.  Students can advance their knowledge of the nutrition of individual species through their assignment choice.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ASC473. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Postgraduate students only.

Assumed Knowledge

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

Incompatible Subjects


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 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


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.