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.

Subject availability
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. 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.

Subject Relationships
Incompatable 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.
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
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.