ASC273 Animal Nutrition (8)

This subject is an introduction to the principles of ruminant and monogastric nutrition. Students will explore principles module covering nutrients in animal feeds, nutrient digestion, absorption and metabolism in monogastrics and ruminants. Students will then complete a module covering the use of quantitative feeding standards, using ruminant animals as an example, and the application of these to cattle and sheep production systems.


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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ASC273. 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

Assumed Knowledge


Subject Relationships

ASC473 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify ingredients commonly used in rations for livestock;
  • be able to list key nutrients for animals;
  • be able to categorise different carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins and minerals;
  • be able to describe the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins in monogastrics and ruminants;
  • be able to describe the functions of minerals and vitamins in the nutrition of animals, and list the sources as well as the clinical signs associated with a deficiency of these nutrients;
  • be able to describe how a feedstuff could be analysed for dry matter, organic matter, lipid content, protein and fibre contents;
  • be able to demonstrate the use of feeding standards to calculate the nutrient requirements of ruminants and to formulate rations to meet such requirements; and
  • be able to demonstrate the practical application of science to the feeding of animals, including supplementary feeding.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Animal feeds and the nutrients they contain;
  • Digestion, absorption and metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins in ruminants and monogastrics;
  • The role of minerals and vitamins in animal nutrition;
  • The importance of water and water quality in animal nutrition;
  • Analysis of animal feeds;
  • Regulation of feed intake and factors influencing feed intake;
  • Feeding standards;
  • Ration formulation;
  • Feeding management, including supplementary feeding; and
  • Approaches to estimate quantitative requirements for energy and protein in ruminants

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ASC273 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Written assignment
Mid-session exam
Final exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.