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Additional course evaluations for HV0132

Academic year 2020/2021

Breeding 2 (HV0132-40020) 2021-05-03 - 2021-06-06

Academic year 2019/2020

Breeding 2 (HV0132-40116) 2020-05-01 - 2020-06-07

Academic year 2018/2019

Breeding 2 (HV0132-40097) 2019-05-03 - 2019-06-09

Academic year 2017/2018

Breeding 2 (HV0132-40133) 2018-04-27 - 2018-06-03

HV0132 Breeding 2, 7.5 Credits

Avel 2

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 animal science or biology and 5 credits mathematics/statistics


The aim of the course is to provide general knowledge in livestock breeding applicable for different situations of breeding with domestic animals and for assessing consequences of breeding programs.

On completion of the course, the student will be able to:
- carry out simple calculations with matrix algebra and describe its applications in livestock breeding,
- write simple linear models to analyse and interpret biological data,
- describe relationships between genotype and phenotype as well as variation that arises through the mendelian inheritance,
- carry out calculations to estimate genetic variation and animals’ breeding values with different methods,
- discuss strategies for selection and cross breeding in different environments and also predict genetic progress,
- compare breeding programs in different situations at a general level (e g animal species, population size) and also discuss ethical issues and the sustainability of the breeding programs as well as discuss measures to minimise inbreeding and preserve animal genetic resources.


The course contains the following subject blocks: matrix algebra, methods to estimate genetic parameters, strategies for selection, estimation of genetic progress and breeding programs. Ethical questions are treated continuously through the course.

Lectures are often followed by computer and calculation exercises. The student strengthens his/her knowledge through group discussions. Compulsory components occur in e.g. group discussions.

In the course, the following general skills are trained: problem-solving, communication in speech and writing.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed written and oral examinations as well as approved participation in compulsory course elements.
  • 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 genetics/breeding as well as 1.5 credits mathematics/statistics. The course assumes knowledge of - basic genetics, regulation of gene expressions, biological variation and inbreeding, population genetics and conservation biology. - the principles to estimate allelic frequencies, heritability, genetic correlations as well as animals’ individual breeding values. - the structure of breeding program - how one organises data in matrisform - basic statistical knowledge such as average, variation and statistical error margin and statistically ensured difference as well as analysis and interpretation of relationships between variables - how one can use linear models for analysing biological data Students who have passed the mathematics and statistics section in the courses HV0123, HV0110, HV0113 hold necessary prior knowledge in mathematics and statistics.

Responsible department

Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom veterinärmedicin och husdjur (PN - VH)
Biology field: Genetik
Replaces: delvis HV0081
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 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: HV0132 Application code: SLU-40004 Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics Pace: 100%