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Additional course evaluations for HV0130

Academic year 2020/2021

Animal feeding (HV0130-30079) 2021-01-18 - 2021-02-17

Academic year 2019/2020

Animal feeding (HV0130-30228) 2020-01-20 - 2020-02-19

Academic year 2018/2019

Animal feeding (HV0130-30153) 2019-01-21 - 2019-02-20

Academic year 2017/2018

Animal feeding (HV0130-30221) 2018-02-15 - 2018-03-20

HV0130 Animal feeding, 7.5 Credits

Djurens utfodring

Syllabus approved



Biology Animal science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, at least 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G2F)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent:
- 60 credits in animal science, of which 5 credits in biochemistry
- 60 credits in biology, of which 30 credits in zoology and 5 credits in biochemistry


The general aim of the course is that the student through an understanding of the chemical composition of feed and the animal’s metabolism, should obtain understanding of the feeding and digestion for production and maintained health of different animal species.

On completion of the course, the student will be able to:
- describe commonly occurring feeds and their nutritional properties,
- account for different process technologies, methods for harvest and storage for animal and vegetable feeds as well as influencing factors for the nutritional and hygienic quality of the feed,
- describe basic preconditions for the nutritional needs as well as the nutrient metabolism of different animal species,
- describe and give proposal on appropriate feed materials to different animal species as well as understand the importance of the hygienic quality of the feed,
- account for the principles of optimisation of a diet and apply these practically,
- critically review scientific and popular literature concerning feeding of animals,
- present an analytical literature study based on research, orally and in writing.


The course gives an overview over how nutrients in different feeds are metabolized and utilized in food producing animals, zoo animals as well as animals for sport and society. In lectures it is described thoroughly how the different animal species are fed. Furthermore, an understanding of methods for production and conservation of feed are given as well as how feed is fed, both through theoretical calculations and study visits at farms as well as at zoo. Exercises take place in ration optimization with and without computer-aid. A project work is carried out in groups of students from different programmes and where articles in the scientific press with relation to feed are reviewed scientifically and from a sustainability perspective.

Compulsory components occur in e.g. group work, presentations, group discussions, projects and study visits.

In the course, the following general skills are trained: Scientific communication as well as oral presentation

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed oral and written examination, passed project work as well as approved participation in compulsory components.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

The course includes 6 credits in nutrition as well as 1.5 credits in feed science The course assumes good prior knowledge in the animals’ physiology as well as biochemistry.

Responsible department

Department of Animal Nutrition and Management

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom veterinärmedicin och husdjur (PN - VH)
Biology field: Zoologi (djurbiologi)
Replaces: delvis HV0065 och BI1229
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Acriculture Programme - Animal Science Ethology and Animal Welfare - Bachelor´s programme Companion and Sports Animals - Bachelor´s programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Biology Animal science
Course code: HV0130 Application code: SLU-30010 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Animal Nutrition and Management Pace: 100%